Spot on, best advice yet - one can not say specifically what you do wrong, nor can you correct it "thinking" - just ride and it will dissapear
Great explanation and very helpful to people new to all this like me. Question: On a very light day, I practiced by standing in the water, had kite at 12 and rapidly looped it: the kite started to loop but hit the water before it could come around. I did turn my bar forcefully to start the loop and held it. I wonder if I did something wrong or was the wind too light? Kite was 13 M LEI with 20 M lines.Regis-de-giens wrote: ↑Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:30 amAbout loop direction backward (pull on rear hand, I call it downloop , DL) vs frontward (pull on front hand, I call it Uploop ,UL) ; I speak mainly for foilkites but I sometimes do the same with LEI if the wind dropped down surprisingly .
So DL is a must, and the easiest way (because requires less working of the kite ); very efficient and you have a longuer and slower travel of the kite (since in your direction) ,So it also leaves you more room and time to point more upwind if the kite is not flying properly (to tention the lines)
- in case you do not get enough power with DL you can do a UL, more powerfull but IMO requires a bit more balance. Also easier strapless to keep rear hand hanging the board.
In both case I recommend beginners to turn your bar 360 degres before launching the loop : psychologically easier and more precise in the end of the loop and for the rest of the ride without having to turn the bar during the ride (not easy for a beginner in light wind) ; i still sometimes do that anticipated bar turn , very comfortable and to save thin line wear.
- in ultralight wind the ultimate loop is one UL first to get one the board without foiling, and then another DL to accelerate and foil-up. Timing is not obvious but it also allows you to get clean lines without turning the bar neither before nor after the waterstart.
Hi Rob,robclaisse wrote: ↑Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:48 pm10m Neo is my biggest kite and I learn in similar winds (and I'm 220lbs), so stick with the 11 or 9m - the faster turning kites are easier to keep moving and save if they do start stalling. When you do get up and start foiling, you'll find you then have plenty of power once the apparent wind kicks in.
In those really light winds, I find that it's best not to bring your kite too low as you can't really keep tension against the lines when its right at the bottom of the wind window and the wind can be even lighter down low. So keep the kite flying in the top 2/3's of the wind window, which also helps to keep weight off your feet and the board.
When I got into foiling I hadn't ridden in lightwinds for a long time so part of the practice is just getting used to flying your kites when really underpowered and being able to feel when a kite is gonna stall and react before it does. Like anything you get better with time.