Quad vs thruster is important. The stances and techniques for upwind are pretty opposed to each other for each configuration.
1. Ride with your body weight over the top of the board, not hiked out. This works great with strapless.
2. Keep the nose calm and pointed in the direction you wish to go upwind. Don't let the nose bounce around different directions. Thrusters travel in line with the center line of the board and do not "crab" sideways without spinning out.
3. Stop the fins from side loading so you do not spin out. A thruster will go where it is pointed so you do not need to add load to the fins.
1. Hike out a little bit if strapless, hike out a lot if strapped as you will gain even more upwind ability.
2. Let the nose bounce (point upwind and downwind with chop) around and don't worry about it. Try to point your path of travel, not the board, where you want to go. Quads do not travel in the same direction as the center line of the board. They tend to crab a bit and even have better upwind as you crab (load the fins) more.
3. Side load the fins and point off of the fins, not the center line of the board. Quads have very little "stability" and push upwind when traveling in direction of the center line so you should focus on the feedback from the fins.
Peter_Frank wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:25 am
It does not matter if strapped or strapless actually -
Strapless requires you to "trim" the board by moving forward or back on it a bit. This really only occurs when attempting to maximize upwind, or when on a wave that is too steep with a tail that is too wide.
Strapped allows you to not have to move your feet as you can trim with "upward" foot pressure against the straps, along with it allowing more sideways pressure. Straps allow more instantaneous and extreme body weight shifts wit no foot movement.
Put simply, with strapped, you will not move your feet because you do not have to in any situation. With strapless, you have to find a sweet spot for - light wind upwind in no chop, light wind with chop, high wind upwind in no chop, high wind upwind in chop, too wide tailed of a board on a steep face, too small a wave with a too narrow tailed board, etc....