Yes I also think a race style body position also helps for monofoil control, but maybe not in all points:
- a bit wider footstance, if even not as wide as on a raceboard is for me necessary to reach speeds above 30 km/h, but
- I don't angle hip as much as this is in my eyes just necessary for high loads riding overpowered in races and that is the same problem as with pumping:
I think for pumping and full race style it is all about force, so you need a board that handles stability by itself as there is no room for the extra force you need to stabilies a mono. That's why I think those both disziplins will always be a bit away from monofoiling, doesn't mean that we will not see once somebody free pumping on a monofoil, but not sure if on the end it will be more effective (drag - stability - force) and also not sure if it will be me or more likely Øyvind or Denisesewa..
..and yes small wings are more difficult, but also no problem going step by step, then you're just on a higher speed level and more agil. For me just more fun for jumping, as the whole setup can be made lighter, faster, etc. But they require more likely straps for manouvers, just preference of style, as the kite is. Also like Øyvind's way a lot, but not too much motivation to go towards this direction, as already much more into another.
Great work again and thanks for experimenting and sharing.
I think you made a good point that the more stable load point position with reflex profile may help. I also know the effect that the mono can suddenly pitch down when accelerating too fast (e.g. in front of a jump) from the first year. I think I now have get used to it so it is no more big problem. But I am pretty sure my freerace setup with a more symetrical wing with less camber and less cord does have this behaviour much less than the low AR higher cambered wing, so reflex profile could be a help.
And as said, even if stance is something to get used to:
- think about using higher stance for higher speeds and
- for jibes think about going completely without hook as Øyvind or with two frontstraps. For me actually with a high performance foil kite (which may make a different) flying role tack on a mono starts to be the easiest manouvers of all, jibes are always harder.
Stance and tacks you see here, the board is 90 cm: