coffeeking wrote: ↑
Mon May 15, 2017 4:01 pm
Nah, I got un-expectedly lifted with it at ~10 oclock (still a bit high, but if I put it lower it was folding lower tip in the lulls and losing controlability, pulling me sideways in gusts and dropping out in lulls). When I kept it low it was pulling enough to stop me getting the board on, you might think I should depower it but in the lulls it just did it's own thing with slack back lines. The lack of bar feedback makes it hard to judge correct bar pressure so I'm guessing I need a bit more practice and when it was in a sweet spot for a 30 second stretch it felt great, then a gust came and it over-flew me before I could react.
Genuinely walked off the beach wanting to sell it. Took a few hours to calm down.
I bet you're on an inland lake...? The gusts are a lot more brutal than they are at the ocean here. IMO 12's are pretty twitchy anyway, so everything you describe is par for the course in crap weather. Smaller foils are so easy to over-power too, I don't like my 12 for that reason.
Overflying isn't an issue unless it's front-stalling, and it shouldn't be doing that...except for the usual caveats. It'll surge a lot further forward than LEIs will but should still be stable.
There's plenty of feedback you just have to learn the language
If it's going to overshoot, just sheet the whole way in, then sheet out to keep it flying. Foils are a whole other level of finesse, as you're discovering