In short: yes on both. I use rope harness as well. My toeside on the strong side is getting very close in efficiency to heelside, but it took a while. Weak side is still, ehmm, ....weak. Body orientation on heelside tack makes it a lot easier to handle the kite properly to get most out of it. You can improve your kite handling riding toeside by simply paying attention to details, like the kite position, movement, etc... Proper body position on the board will create correct heal and loading of the foil to keep the speed up. All of it comes with plenty of practice. However, I do believe some types of foils are easier to ride toeside than others. I found race style foils more difficult than freeride ones and my current foil, Zeeko Spitfire, the easiest. This might be just my personal preference though.
You described well the underpowered feeling on toeside. I can lean pretty aggressively to windward (as one would heelside) but it doesn't really seem to help. I wonder if there is just some inherent limitation on toeside or if with enough experience and proper technique one can be as efficient on teoside as on heelside.DukeSilver wrote: ↑Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:21 amI'm glad I'm not the only one experiencing lesser upwind angles when riding toe side. I can force the board to go higher upwind - close to heel side angles - but it feels like the board speed really suffers compared to foiling the same angle on heel side. When I'm riding toe side slightly under powered, there is almost a feeling of needing too much back foot pressure to stay on the foil - almost like I'm doing a wheelie on a bike - but the front wing doesn't ventilate. When this happens, I do a foot switch to heel side and it feels like the wind has increased by 5-10kts and I have ample power again. This is frustrating to me as I know there is plenty of power when riding heel side. Oh well, I guess I'll just keep tweeking my technique to try and improve this area of my riding.
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