gbrungra wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:08 am
I'm teaching myself right now. Ten sessions so far.
Slingshot hoverglide w flight school masts, high volume board w tracks for mounting, w 2 front foothooks.
I wouldn't change anything about my foil setup for learning.
Front foothooks are enough for me to position the board and keep it tilted long enough to dive the kite. I water started on my first try.
Foothooks all the way forward on the board, and foil all the way back on the tracks allowed me to ride on the surface, no problem, from my first waterstart. It takes more than 1/2 my weight on the back foot, and plenty of speed to lift off. So no accidental lift offs.
I only did 2 sessions on the shortest mast (17"), am now on 24" mast, and I'm almost ready for mast number 3 now (30").
Maybe a low volume board would help a beginner w water starting, but with the foil all the way back on the tracks I don't seee a need for a smaller foil to avoid taking off. Definitely something with enough nose rocker to ride through rough touch-downs. If every touchdown is a crash the learning curve is much slower.
Aluminum and fiberglass are easier on the feet than carbon.
No regrets, and no carbon envy yet.
I still have longer masts to learn, and transitions. I'm the meantime, I'm foiling as far as I want, and in any direction I want, but with some crashes...
Sounds like you are a natural ! Waterstart first try
You pointed out some good things: Placing the front strap as far forward as possible and mast as far back as possible makes surface riding easier as it requires more back foot pressure, something beginners are more familiar with especially if they are used to TT .
On the down side that can develop bad habits making it much harder to learn foiling jibes/tacks in the future were some front foot pressure is important. Also some boards don't have mast tracks, forgot to mention it in my initial post I also reduce the AOA of the stabilizer to around 1 degree which also increases take off speed .
BTW low volume boards make waterstart easier for experienced riders too, especially if strapless.
This is the board I am using at present for teaching 156x51cm, a single front foot option would have been nice.
Aluminium masts are more than ok , particularly the light ones. The one I am using weighs exactly the same as it's carbon counterpart (1.5kg mast only).