Herman wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:59 am
Hi sergie! I have just realized that you are not thinking about this because you are learning to ride and it is not just an intellectual exercise. My apologies! Imho thinking how the set up works will be a major distraction in the learning phase. The brain simply cannot think quickly enough on an intellectual level to control the motor skills required to ride. It has to do it by feel and experience (so called muscle memory).
Thanks and no problem. I know what you mean about muscle memory and reflexes against logical thinking. But I also think that during learning understanding minor details helps ti get reflexes to establish.
I think I was jumping topics a bit. I agree that I will not be executing edging /carving turns for a year.
But I still think that quick changes in edging are primary way everyone keeps balance on a board when a wave hits or a gust pulls you over the board. In some respect it happens without rider doing anything anyway. For example when I am falling backwards and have my ankle locked at the same angle then without me doing anything edging increases, reducing downwind slippage speed and helping me not to fall back. Actually what probably happens we are trained by our whole life to move weight onto our heels when falling backward, which in kitesurfing translates into increasing edging.
This process happens probably 10 times a second and you are not aware of it happening because it is so intuitive. And because we are trained to do that since we learned to stand up it also happens very quickly and changes are very small and invisible.
But this is a much easier way of keeping balance and it is exactly the same as skateboard or snowboard or just standing on a rocking platform...
Somehow I don't think that anyone loads back or front foot when falling backward or forward 10cm on 2 feet. This would require years of training
especially for me
I guess this is not what I was talking about in my posts, but IMHO understanding this way of micro balance corrections is important to ride in tricky conditions.
After all changing weight distribution causes a turn of the board and only when turn happened there is any balancing force to stop me falling backward.
Kite power change is probably faster, but probably not as fast as required. Change of edging directs the lifting force and is instant.
Obviously I don't have enough experience to be 100% sure in anything, so the bit above might be completely wrong!
For gradual change of direction I am sure I can take your word for loading back or front foot and this is what everyone says.
Hope you get better soon, thank for the trick lying on the water and other advice.
I am not so bad going right - managed several 100m runs even last year, but struggling going left (not my natural stance). Oh well bought a 17 m so hope to be on the water at least once a week!