I kinda feel like I can do everything better if I'm not constantly having to scrunch up or extend my toes or otherwise wedge my feet just to keep my board on! The only upside to straps is that you can be dainty stepping on and off the water. There appeal is substantially about quick convenience where the appeal of boots is better control while riding without the distraction of having to hold onto your board.Flight Time wrote: So, besides toeside carves, why would you want to use boots?
..because there is no worry that the board will come off. It is very liberating in a weird way.Starsky wrote:I kinda feel like I can do everything better if I'm not constantly having to scrunch up or extend my toes.Flight Time wrote: So, besides toeside carves, why would you want to use boots?
But your getting off topic
in the waves when the sets are higher than ~ head highdandaka wrote:Tiago1973, where is too risky to go with boots?
Are you confused on the function of boots? They positively attach your feet to your board. Which means as well as being able to relaunch your kite more effectively, you aren't going to have the board 'get away from you' in a situation like this.BigPaul wrote:Hi Nectar
The situation I got into, it really did not matter what I had, boot, binding or joint. I would have lost the board.
It was all down to poor decision making on my part. an expensive lesson learnt.
Only two riders
light wind day.
The old last run before the wind dies! ( we've all done it)
Went too far out
Took a long time to re-launch
I don't use a leash.
Board got away from me whilst trying to re-launch
all this added up to a very sad day
And more tricks, and the ability to get rid of your board when you don't want it or it endangers your life. Think about skateboarding. Would skateboarding lose it's appeal if the board was connected to your feet? Damn it all, I would totally ride a directional surf or a skate type board if I weren't addicted to massive jumps.Starsky wrote:The only upside to straps is that you can be dainty stepping on and off the water.
Yeah, I learned that lesson quickly when I tried boots. I was kinda lit, and blasting along the flats one second, hit a couple ripples, then bam, I'm all woozy, getting belly dragged, and can't get my feet in front of me. Damned near knocked myself out on the water. I think I prefer the board to come off, because I'm good enough body dragging that I can get it back in a couple passes.tautologies wrote:That said...catching a board tip hurt a hell of a lot more with boots...
Man I hear that. I have been knocked around by big waves, and I don't even want to think about trying to swim up through whitewater with a sea anchor attached to the appendages I need free to actually swim.Tiago1973 wrote:in the waves when the sets are higher than ~ head high.
tumbling in the white water with the board attach to your feet is a bit scary.
There's an advantage that I hadn't thought of. It is significantly harder to launch a kite in light wind if you lose the board. If the wind had completely died it would have been impossible anyway, but you can always take the boots off if you need to reel in the kite and self-rescue, so the boots wouldn't be an inconvenience in that case.DirkGently wrote:Are you confused on the function of boots? They positively attach your feet to your board. Which means as well as being able to relaunch your kite more effectively, you aren't going to have the board 'get away from you' in a situation like this.
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