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Re: Suggestions for new Foiling Basics videos

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:52 pm
by Peter_Frank
Arcsrule wrote:Thanks PF. I was hopeing someone would disagree with my friend. Unfortunately, I have never learned to body drag properly with only a 50% success rate. Fortunately, I've always flown foils so the need was not there...MOST OF THE TIME :)
My brother who learned to kitesurf not that many years ago, he could ride quite okay, also ride waves.

But eventhough a good surfer/windsurfer/kitesurfer when ON the water, he could not bodydrag upwind that well, or not at all - only sometimes he succeded without knowing why ?

I told him this very simple trick (as I looked at him and could see why it went wrong) - namely to mentally ride/drag sidewind instead of reaching up towards the board, as you would intuitively.

And voila - he blasted upwind immediately every single time :thumb:

You "stall" yourself if trying to reach towards the board :roll:
When you ride ON your board, this is easy to feel, as if you point too high and "stall" the constellation, you will drop out of planing.

But in the water, this is not the case - you can not feel when it is right or wrong that easy.
Others with upwind bodydrag problems has had the same success simply by thinking "halfwind" - and it works like a charm every single time :naughty:

I honestly believe, that those few who wears leashes even after learning to kite - is because of the very same issue, and that is a shame, when the solution is so easy: Think halfwind !

8) PF

Re: Suggestions for new Foiling Basics videos

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:01 am
by gmb13
Hi Everyone,

I am back from Germany and will be starting production of more videos as soon as my board is repaired (thanks Air Berlin :-( )

I have planned the following:

Back Roll
Tack to toeside
Wing Tuning
Strapless Waterstart
Touch down tacks


Re: Suggestions for new Foiling Basics videos

Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:37 pm
by fun2kite
Hi Gunnar,

Thank you for all these great videos. here is my request:

Can you show how to do a touch down gybe on a board with only 2 straps?

All your videos and everybody else video show 3 strap setup or strapless. I can understand how your back foot goes into an empty front strap. But in case of only two straps, your front foot is inside that front strap, so what to do?

Thank you.


Re: Suggestions for new Foiling Basics videos

Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:59 pm
by gmb13
You have lots of options to get around that problem.

1) You don't need to put your foot in the strap right away. Stand with your new front foot next to the strap whilst you are taking out the old front foot.

2) Stand behind the front strap with your new front foot as your old one moves back. This will not work for Foiling Gybes but in a touch down it works on too.