OK so I’m having trouble staying upwind, can anyone offer me some advice. I have two kites, an Aero 8m and Aero II 12m. I am 75kg and have a 157 Wavetray. I have been up and going on the board for about 3 months now but am having trouble staying upwind.
I think that I have to lean back more, really dig the edge of the board in and move the kite to the forward edge of the window. When I try that with the 8m it does not seem to have enough power, but then with the 12m I just seem to be overpowered and accelerate out of control trying to get the kite to the edge of the window.
I’m sick of doing the walk back up the beach, not to mention it is a pain for me 75Kgs to try and hold on to the 12m in 15 - 20kts of wind!
When you say you are sick of trying to hold it, one would think that you were overpowered.
But when you say 12m2 and 15-20 knots wind, I will say you are more likely underpowered - or at least just powered perfect.
So going upwind should not be a problem.
Try to look upwind over your front shoulder - turning your full body around this way (just a little).
Keep the speed down, if you have difficulties keeping the board in control.
If sufficient wind, ease out on the bar, so the kite will go even further upwind (and to the window edge).
If you lose your planing this way, you need to power the kite up a bit more - and going upwind will be a bit harder for you.
Going upwind in marginal conditions is only for the experts - but if you are powered it should be easy.
But three months is not long - so you just carry on having fun out there, and take a walk now and then.
If you remember the trick - looking upwind over your shoulder - then you'll suddenly find yourself going upwind one day