apollo4000 wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:46 am
I’m getting curious about foiling and seek the advice of those who have tried and liked it, and those who haven’t
1) Wanted to know whether the effort and expense would pay off for the occasional rider?
2) Is it really for those who go regularly?
3) Relative to starting with a TT, is it significantly harder?
4) any recommendations on on mast size and board type; starter packages
1) yes it is totally worth the expense. You first need to tell yourself if you buy a foil you just added at least 1 kite to your quiver so that almost justifies the investment out of the box. The additional benefit is smaller kites again = less money. The next best thing is if you are an occasional rider whatever that means. Do you go and get skunked or not quite enough wind or just x amount of days windy enough to ride a TT? If its any of these you will go from occasionally being able to ride to never worrying about the wind speed again and riding ALL THE TIME in almost any condition.
2) the learning curve will force you to be regular until you get the concept and muscle memory after that no you can go occasionally.
3) everyone starts with the TT so how hard was that to learn? The key here is you need to be very confident in the water and be an expert body dragger after that you need to know the self rescue method and practice it often YOU will BE Swimming more then you'd like on lighter days (PFD). The issue with TT are that once you get to certain level how often does your hair even get wet? if you answered rarely then you need to practice the above. Next is and only for a tiny portion, is if you have not rode a directional surfboard strapless do this first. It give you the body dragging technique and also sort of prepares you for water starting a foil, the other thing a strapless surfboard teaches you is switching your feet so you kinda know a little bit of how to turn the foil when you get to that level. Otherwise you will need to waterstart the foil perfectly going BOTH directions. you'll get good right away with one direction and terrible on the tack back again body draggin master.
If you want to progress the fastest. LEAVE ALL OTHER BOARDS AT HOME. Put the time in and just do it. I see way to many that try different disciplines and always run back to their comfort zone. kick the training wheels to the curb and focus on what you want out of it. by far the best advice you will get other then lean forward.
4) Get a shovel large wing to start they rise quickly and go waaay slower helping you get the feel of height control. Personally i skipped the short mast and glad i did yes the crashes are epic and GET FOOT HOOKS best thing ever for beginning. Any board that has some nose rocker is ideal. The original foil fish is flat and will hurl you into the drink. Boards with rocker will skip you on the water and save you from some of the crashes.
A few extra tips. If you begin porposing or dolphin or bucking bronco you need to eject from the board or neutral the kite and start over.
If you get a track board set it in the rear to start and slowly as you get the hang of it move it forward to your liking. If you're on a fixed mast always remember LEAN forward stay on the board and SLOWLY lean back to bring it up. fast movements in any direction begin the dolphin horrendous crashes. Coming from a TT you will always want to get on the back of it DONT
Another tip why you want the larger wings to start is you need some speed not a lot but some speed to stabilize it. believe it or not but the smaller the wing the faster you need to go to stabilize it. just start with easy takeoffs and short glides and you'll be fine. rinse and repeat then start going faster.
Last is listen to your foil the ones without winglets will not give you much warning when you hit full mast then instant face plant. it will go from silent to a gurgling noise. slowly lean forward quickly if u can.
never try to save a ride and get away from it quickly if things aren't going calmly and smoothly. Weird shit happens and you won't make any sense of what happened but the foil can and will get caught in your lines be ready for it. watch your limbs when swimming they are sharp and hurt.
Above all have fun its literally the best thing to happen to kiteboarding in my opinion. I really wish I would have started sooner but like you the expense was hard to swallow as I remember back in the day trying an air chair and saying F that noise. Now is the time foils are cheap and getting cheaper every year. Remember its like getting a free kite with your purchase. Once someone said that I WAS SOLD. WIthin a season you'll be hooked and wanting a faster one.