joyrider1 wrote:I had 8 sessions so far, maybe 10-12 hours all together. Foiling/flying over a longer distance in both directions on the third day is very well possible for an average talented kiter with a few years’ experience in directional boards and good kite control.
1) Be fit physically and mentally. Don’t start foiling after another exhausting exercise or long kite session. You might need more concentration learning this than in many other sports. If you are not concentrated enough, even smaller mistakes might hurt badly or you might injure yourself much more severely than without the foil. (Even more important for a +40 age like me)
Above is maybe THE best single tip I've ever seen, and so right
You will be BOMBED like you have ever never been before, after a half hour only, on the first experiences, and maybe half a year depending on your learning rate...
Does not matter if you try in light wind, where you'll have to fight with everything to keep the kite "up", or in powered waveconditions where you will learn the "hard" way (like I did), getting up foiling immediately (you have no other option with a small board in waves - as it can not ride when "down").
Both takes their toll in two completely opposite ways, the first because of concentration and maybe "fear" if the wind is sideshore and it is cold and you KNOW you have to swim/drift ashore a long way if it goes in the water, and a lot of looping the kite thus more difficult to bodydrag for your board...
The other is simply physical toll, as you will chrash hard and fast many many times...
But both (almost opposite) methods will work great for learning to foil - I dont think one is better than the other
So as you write, I agree:
DONT do it if tired, and expect to be really really pressed to your physical extremes, so be fit or take really short sessions when learning (also the best way to learn - many short sessions).
You use a huge amount of energy because everything is new !
When you CAN ride, you use no energy whatsoever, and a piece of cake not requiring anything - but when learning, blimey you get beat up