Beardytello wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:57 am
Thought I would update this thread as after much practice I can now actually ride!
Weak side is still a bit sketchy, I'm not reliably getting up / not flying over the board, but when I do I can crank upwind. Good side I look like a pro (sort of)
Hey there! Long post sorry. I am finally at that stage where I am starting to forget some of the things and feelings when I first started...that being said once you get past those issues and start kicking ass don't be afraid to chime in on other beginner problems on the forums b/c I think some of us forget some of the issues going on when first learning, I'm starting to forget...sometimes a beginner that has finally got it can sometimes be helpful.
Just to give you some hope-> My first 2 weeks learning to get up was a nightmare to get to get going on my weak side, then learning to transition was another massive problem to get over on the weak side. For this reason, once I got all that dialed in I made it a point to never have a weak side. I still have a weak side when learning new tricks, but it takes one session to overcome. Jumping and being able to do rolls both directions give you a ton more reps. I have friends that after a few years still don't jump on the weak side much.
Something to help your weak side is focus on replicating/mirroring exactly what you are doing "prior" to the waterstart. I remember vividly having to move the kite extremely hard in the other direction of travel to get my body angled downwind before I power stroked the kite. This is very important. This gets your hips/board/shoulders ready to go dead downwind on the powerstroke. The only problem with this is say you are going left foot forward and you swing the kite way to the right, the kite may lose power b/c you placed it on the edge of the window. As long as you have power this is all good though. This will swing your body to the right and when you dive the hell out of the kite everything is aligned correct to haul ass downwind right away. Now, let's say you can't do this b/c it's lighter winds or you just want to get going and are getting better...still do a small wave of the kite to the right, but when you dive the hell out of the kite PUSH your left foot away from you and pull your right foot towards you. You can practice this in a chair, I did. This angles your board downwind so there is no edge even when the body is not aligned with the board. I'd say this is more important than aligning your body, but I'd suggest you do a strong wave of the kite in the opposite direction of travel to get everything aligned while learning!
I started foiling recently and I had two sessions where I was pretty much resigned to the thought one tack direction was going to be a problem for me...two session later it completely disappeared. The fundamentals of kiting are the hardest to get, but once you have them the progression is as fast as you can take it! The fundamentals will take you time though, stay patient.