Whattheflock wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:24 pm
I really like my slingshot simulator board! You dont really need to flip the board on edge to start, just leave the board flat, both hands on the bar, put your heels on the board and let the kite pull you onto the board. Look at some videos on how foilers position their feet. Back foot is usually pointed side to side and front foot angled more forward. As the kite pulls you up, roll on you heels into that position. Takes a couple trys but doable! The floaty board is nice in the wind luls and very easy to spot after recovering from a wipe out.
Sorry, but this sounds very wrong for most or all new riders...
The reason why it is so hard to start from scratch on a hydrofoil strapless is precisely that you can not start with the board flat, as it will roll over the mast and you get pulled leeward, quite opposite to a surfboard where everyone can do it right away with pressure on the heels.
If you got straps it is quite easy though (but more risky), and a very different thing; you dont write about straps here so assume you mean strapless.
But agree, the volume is excellent for both initial learning as touchdowns and just managing staying on the board in lulls or when mis-steering the kite, is so much easier, doesnt matter how big your wing is.
Later you can use this board in marginal winds too, if it is a good one that is, as here it really excel in terms of getting to the max lowend.
When okay wind, you dont need volume no, and most of us use really small boards 110-120 cm and thin.
But if the wind drops so you can not foil anymore, you will go down.
You can still rescue yourself ashore standing on a "big" board, looping the kite - great
As this will happen quite often when out on the "lower limit".
A luxury thing maybe, but really nice.
In short: When learning, area and volume is great at the initial learning, later you want a smaller, and then a really small board instead, or together with your bigger board if you go in marginal winds.
Having said that, I think the "beginner" big boards are too heavy to use for marginal wind boards when you are good (special superlight boards is the thing here), so maybe better to go for a medium sized board you can use for a loooong time, right away.