BOEMIX wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:05 am
Actually I think with a foilboard you are able to get an upwind angle bodydragging in light wind conditions comparable with the maximum upwind angle you can get with a powered up twin tip.
So don't worry much about it, foilboards bodydrag very well also!
For "new" hydrofoilers it is difficult at first, so dont get discouraged if it does not work well at first - it takes some time to get used to "handle" this bloody beast with things sticking out everywhere
You can board-drag with the mast downwind like on the first video, or mast upwind, or straight down too (which is what I prefer myself), all methods work and depend on personal preference and also conditions.
The major error is the same as for normal bodydragging - almost everybody try to point upwind with the board/foil (or body), and this does not work
Try to point more halfwind instead, and you will have less drag and suddenly experience you go upwind quite well, eventhough the direction might feel wrong at first, but it works
You dont stall the foil/body/board and you glide upwind effortlessly now.
When onshore and some relatively new into hydrofoiling are struggling, I go out just in front of them, after having told above - and they drag after me, seeing the exact "low" course I take, and they discover to their amazement that they end up quite far out quite easy now
This works better than 1000 words or video, they get it immediately !