We have little wind lately so we foiled today behind a boat. Holy shit was it tough in my opinion to get up. Once up it wasn't too too bad, but you end up almost perpedicular to the motor which still doesn't make sense to me b/c how are you getting pulled if you are perpendicular to the motor...weird.
I started on my Delta race foil and that didn't work too well b/c I guess it was too fast once I hit a wave and accelerated as I was slacking the line alot...with more experience maybe that foil would work.
I ended up using a slow beginner Cabrinha foil and that was much better and easier behind the boat. I was amazed as a newbie to foiling did better than me today which I was happy to see a new foiler develop! I got a new foiling buddy! Anyway......here are some tips in my humble opinion....
The slower you punch the engines on the boat the better..we started out punching it straight to 14-15mph but we ended up slowing down the acceleration. I actually ate shit until we slowed it down while a newbie didn't have that problem. Top speed we got to comfortably is 16mph, I signaled the diver once and we go to 20mph on the cab foil just for a second and I could tell it didn't want any more speed. It's tough to aim the board downwind when you get set up(there's no kiteswing available for you to get to the opposite side). I was amazed how far you get perpendicular to the boat, it's like you are foiling and only need a slight nudge ffrom the boat force every once in a while although I edged out hard most of the time unlike a newbie that put me to shame today.
Anyway...crazy experience I wanted to share....my arms hurt
I'd rather be kiting, but it was fun!