from what I read on Heineken's report, Julien and ollivier was leading at the weather mark but heineken was putting down the hammer on the downwing leg.
do you have any explanations on that fact. I use to race with Julien, I am sure he is very fast downwind.
It seems that Julien was using a Jay factory raceboard tri fin set up (see below) my understanding could be that the front footstrap (located close to the rail) is most favourable to upwind but not to downwind..
does any one has some pictures of heineken race board ?
3 or 4 fin set up? The jury has still not decided what is fastest.
What's important is that the fins set up you use is well tested and balanced for your weight and riding ability. On Kite race boards the balance is very different for ever 15 pounds or rider body weight.
The kites used make a difference as well. As each brand flies different and pulls different. To go fast you need to know your kites limits and power outputs and keep it in the right power zone. Customizing the depower system so it is micro tunable is very good as well.
Footstrap positions need to be custom tuned as well. Footstraps an inch too far back or too far forward can cause the board to be hard to ride when pushing on the race course.
The fastest riders have tuned their fins sizes and strap positions and have learned to adapt to the boards resistance. It is not an easy solution. Time on the water and a refined fin set up is the key.
It's all about the tuning.....
Once production boards become more tuned it will be easier to just buy stock equipment and learn to ride it as most of the testing will be done by the manufacturer.
P.S. Seems Damo is still on the quad set up...... All the best,
leepasty wrote:Is Johnny pumping the kite downwind? I see he has a extra log depower rope
I've seen photos of Adam Koch doing the same thing. My guess is that it allows them to depower/trim the kite without having to lean in, so they can hold more power with their weight outboard. They steer with their back hand and trim the kite with the front hand from what I have seen.