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 Post subject: Upwind technique on Mako
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:33 am 
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So I had to leave my mako 150 in Maui because I cant get through security without paying the 150 dollar fee.

Screw that. I ordered a king. So On the makos I was saw somewhere about the stance is difference than a normal TT? Even weight on both feet? I cant find the original thread.
Can someone enlighten me on how the stance of a mako will differ from other TTs?


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 Post subject: Re: Upwind technique on Mako
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:32 am 
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Short answer - yes.

Long answer - how have you ridden a 150 and not know how to go upwind?


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 Post subject: Re: Upwind technique on Mako
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:40 am 
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Kamikuza wrote:
Short answer - yes.

Long answer - how have you ridden a 150 and not know how to go upwind?

I was reaching a point of my tacks getting close and closer together, it then started getting dark. I also had to go further downwind because another beginner had problems water starting. So I didnt want to hit the boneyard so I went further down wind to action beach.


I had to leave that board in Maui due to the fee.

I keep changing my stance because of advice people have been giving me in regards to my stance but in my last run with the tacks getting closer I was evening the distribution of weight on the 150. I didnt know if there was anything else to it.


I only have about 10 hours of solo riding experience.

I spent about 2 messing around with a lower powered kite, losing my board, and realizing booties are not for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Upwind technique on Mako
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:51 am 
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Keep going with it...you wont regret it...concave grips hard and gets you upwind...no problem...
I held down my 16m in a 35knot squall with it...thing bites HARD...clamped that bitch down easy....
Around here we call it the cheater board, once the newbs get on it they experience an exponential improvement immediately.

The new ones dont have the foot pads...just the straps. I would order up a set of the big fatty pads...as well as a handle. Legendary board....but they dont give you the handle now...wtf...

I got two boards - a mako king and a 6'-2" poly surfboard....its all a kiter needs!
rock on Garth :mosh:


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 Post subject: Re: Upwind technique on Mako
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:16 am 
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NYKiter wrote:
Keep going with it...you wont regret it...concave grips hard and gets you upwind...no problem...
I held down my 16m in a 35knot squall with it...thing bites HARD...clamped that bitch down easy....
Around here we call it the cheater board, once the newbs get on it they experience an exponential improvement immediately.

The new ones dont have the foot pads...just the straps. I would order up a set of the big fatty pads...as well as a handle. Legendary board....but they dont give you the handle now...wtf...

I got two boards - a mako king and a 6'-2" poly surfboard....its all a kiter needs!
rock on Garth :mosh:


Well I guess I Will keep even pressure on both feet on attempting to go upwind then.


party on wayne.


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 Post subject: Re: Upwind technique on Mako
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:21 am 
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yea, even weight on both feet to go straight
weight on the back foot to turn upwind then weight slightly more on front foot to lock it in at the upwind angle you want, assuming you can keep the kite low in the window and not sheet out except when really necessary. you have to use the whole edge of the board to track upwind.
have fun and keep at it, you'll get it faster than you think


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 Post subject: Re: Upwind technique on Mako
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:29 am 
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Like a snowboard man, equal pressure to start with then as above, slightly more front foot pressure. Can stand more upright than on a normal TT. About to hit some crazy swell and wind now with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Upwind technique on Mako
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:42 am 
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knotwindy wrote:
yea, even weight on both feet to go straight
weight on the back foot to turn upwind then weight slightly more on front foot to lock it in at the upwind angle you want, assuming you can keep the kite low in the window and not sheet out except when really necessary. you have to use the whole edge of the board to track upwind.
have fun and keep at it, you'll get it faster than you think


Westozzy wrote:
Like a snowboard man, equal pressure to start with then as above, slightly more front foot pressure. Can stand more upright than on a normal TT. About to hit some crazy swell and wind now with it.

Lol I have only had 1 snowboarding lesson. Other than that I have had 0 board experience prior to kiteboarding. Not even skateboarding.

Thanks. I'll give it a try


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 Post subject: Re: Upwind technique on Mako
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:36 pm 
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If you keep your weigh fairly even, you can kind of twist the board to steer upwind. Looking where you want to go makes it automatic. Just remember, if you can't go upwind on a Mako, you are underpowered, period.


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 Post subject: Re: Upwind technique on Mako
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:04 am 
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The Captain wrote:
Just remember, if you can't go upwind on a Mako, you are underpowered, period.

Well I am a beginner and still learning alot. I was just remember seeing something unique about the mako stance.

Also heard you dont get as fatigued while riding it.


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