lorenz wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:23 am
.......If still find it hard in some time could even stick straps on it.
Im around 75kg, conditions I get are standard european onshore closeouts
Do you know how to jibe with footstraps??? That is huge. If you think you are crashing now and you do not have the strapped jibe down, you are in for some frustration when you try to learn to jibe with straps. Typically, I recommend that all aspiring kitesurfers start with the straps and keep them on until they have at least a day with a 95% success rate with the strapped jibe. Then you can take the straps off and go strapless. It took me 3 months at my small home lake, then 2 days (hungover) at a clean wind destination to accomplish this.
Strapped and strapless are night and day. Both are fun, but the challenges are different.
Strapless forces a limit on kite power and makes you focus on the wave ride - simulating prone surfing.
Strapped removes the limit on kite power and lets you to do more, quicker, without worrying about "if your wax is stickey enough" - joining prone surfing with kiteboarding to make something greater than the sum of it's two parts.
So find some flat water, work on strapped jibes. And in between the end of your runs, do some jumps, backrolls, nose drags, and anything else you can think of that is limited to some degree by being strapless. Really focus on this and stick with it. And even if you find you like straps better, go strapless again in the end so you can evaluate both, by being proficient in both.