Gunnar, all of your vids are great. You have the voice for it and you explain this well. You did one on body dragging, but was it realistic? It looked easy enough but did not work for me. I'm on the Atlantic east coast, florida and my wind is always directly on shore with current same direction as wind. I tried to body drag using my MAKO KING last week in light air. I did not gain any depth at all, actually worse. I was advised that FOILS don't work at all in our area because of this. Should I abandon my quest for a foilboard or are others able to overcome this?
These are quite common conditions in many spots, particulary when seebreeze occur.
And with a hydrofoilboard you can boarddrag upwind even easier than with other boards, so that should not be a hindrance.
Also, you can NOT ride with much else, because you can not go upwind and get free of the coast.
Only a raceboard of course, where you can start on a bit lower water.
But you should be able to boarddrag in quite light wind, just keep the kite quite high, and use the Mako as a keel.
The most important thing is, just like when bodydragging, that you DONT point upwind, but point sidewind - then it works
Of course - for learning the first times, these conditions are bad, as you will drift downwind before you can ride/foil - but you can wait for a bit more wind and boarddrag far out, or get a boat to give you a lift the first times.
I dont understand how the current can be same direction as the wind - does not seem right, as when onshore the current can only go sideways, or in/out depending on where you go out.
Never continous onshore current.
But as said, very normal conditions in many spots, so works fine for hydrofoiling - well, I actually prefer onshore or sideonshore as when you drop your kite, you will need to drift ashore to be able to relaunch