3InletsWindsports wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:37 am
I moved from the Zeeko Black&White to the Std Spitfire
The main difference using the Zeeko Pocket Air board was that with straps in the two inline positions I had only used the front strap and was slowly moving it back , my rear foot was always in front of rear strap. On going to Spitfire this stance made pitch control very hard. But putting back foot in strap pretty much solved the problem.
The XLW and XXLW wings are easier but jumps are best and bigger waves on the STD wings
You can’t use the Spitfire mount plate with XXLW or jump the XXLW.
Note the same strap position is fine on all Spitfire and Bullet and Blaster foils on my Pocket Air which has only one set of inserts for mounting foil.
I have some questions regarding the footstraps on the zeeko pocket air in combination with the std spitfire; do you prefer the inline 2 straps instead of 3 straps in V? And where are they positioned?
And a few remarks because the question was raised in this thread whether the spitfire is a good foil to learn on so I'll share my limited experience:
I only started foiling 2 weeks ago with a borrowed North combo on a 65cm mast. Conditions where quite ideal for learning with flat seas and 15 knots and I was able to get up on the North in the first 15 minutes and was able to do flying gybes after an hour. Had a total of 3 sessions and really enjoyed learning and experiencing something new!
My main focus being wave riding the spitfire seemed like a good choice for me because I really like the carving feel and pressure on my back foot in carves when on a SB. This thread really got me interested in the spitfire, and I was able to buy a used one last week with the standard wings and a Zeeko pocket air.
Yesterday was my first session on the spitfire in less than ideal conditions: 25 knots, waves 1-1,5m. The exact conditions I would be hoping to use this foil in in the future but miles from my current level of experience; I had a lot of crashes. It really is a different animal compared to the North. I was surprised at the speed and pressure that seemed necessary to get it out of the water, but then again the high waves and first time on a 90cm mast made the whole situation rather complicated. I really got a spanking! It is really safe that the foil never jumps up to the front, it made me more confident in trying it's limits. Breeching the front wing leads to a touchdown that is usually manageable but sometimes had me crashing hard. The sensitivity to pitch did make it tilt over at speed sometimes and having the foil jump out of the water sideways did feel unsafe.
When on foil it seemed very different in how my feet had to be placed. I had two straps in V shape, no backstrap but I felt that my front foot had to be more centered than possible with this configuration to get a good balance.
The foil was twitchy at times (lively as some people put it here) but stabled out at speed it really felt smooth. A lot less draggy than the North. I was on a 5m Naish Slash 2019. First time foiling with this kite, hard to keep adequate power but being so focused on the foil it was hard for me to give the kite much attention. I never felt overpowered, more often underpowered actually.
Where the North gave me the confidence to gybe and could stay flying at slow speeds I couldn't manage any of that on the spitfire, I'll need a lot more practice.
So from my limited experience I'd say this is not the easiest setup to learn, but then again the conditions weren't really in favor. And I'm curious whether a XLW wing would make it easier for me to progress. Any thoughts on that?
Thanks everyone in this thread for giving me the preparations to try this foil and having a bit of knowledge on foot placing, it probably made all the difference in managing to foil for some lengths at all. And despite of all the crashes I was really stoked from the smooth ride I had a few moments!