I just had a session here in the "dusk" this sunday, with my buddy Martin.
Out perfectly full powered with an 11m2 wavekite.
Running about 23 knots both tacks at a course around 95-110 degrees on my strapless hydrofoil.
This time my goal before going out was to really look and feel what happens, and measure, to explain (particulary to you Bill as you love the "facts" in order to have something to really think further about....)
But what do you know - not one single time experiencing this "glitching" as I believe it is called (sudden loss of lift at high speed, not classic ventilation not a stall).
I believe, in my case at least (as it seems we have different cases as in the list), that Revhed is the one closest to the actual phenomenon, eventhough we still dont know WHAT it is, as he has written earlier:
It is condition/environment specific.
Well, the sea conditions to be exact
It was not flat today, moderate chop waves, so could not see anything explaining WHY it should be better today.
But no glitching today whatsoever, even close to my "relaxed" top speed strapless at a broad reach.
This experience suddenly left out #5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
And others say that #3 and 4 is not very likely.
Hmmm, closer to the cause now in my case, but still no idea apart from the sea/water conditions being the cause ?
Well, one COULD also claim, that it could be rider specific - meaning I could have had a different way of reacting than usually.
Its just, you dont really DO much when going on a broad reach full speed, so find it hard to believe...
In terms of being able to jibe/tack and carve and ride waves, YES, your balance and physical/mental state on a given day, whether you are "in the zone" or not, is the most important of course.
But going fast, when in control and at a stable depth ?
I dont believe rider input (how good you are on a given day) has much influence (when experienced), honestly.
Has anybody else got experiences lately ?
It seems the more we write about it here, the more aware we are and interesting what different riders experience and notice now