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Practicing foil technique without a foil

Postby lovethepirk » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:16 am

I'm 2-3 months from a foil purchase.

I've got a cabrinha skillet surfboard which I got cheap but haven't rode yet. I'm thinking it would be much preferred to learn how to do that backroll transition on that before riding the foil. True? Also, can you simulate the front foot pressure and hip position needed on a TT or surfboard? Yesterday, I goofed off doing this whereby I pushed my hips forward and had more weight forward on the TT and really felt some weakness in my front hip. If you could go back two months before you bought a foil is there anything you would have done to prepare for the experience?

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Re: Practicing foil technique without a foil

Postby Starsky » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:38 am

Get an indo board.

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Re: Practicing foil technique without a foil

Postby NorCalNomad » Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:44 am

lovethepirk wrote: Also, can you simulate the front foot pressure and hip position needed on a TT or surfboard? If you could go back two months before you bought a foil is there anything you would have done to prepare for the experience?
1. Nope completely different experience, except maybe a tiny bit of water starting. Don't put straps on your surfboard and you'll already be ahead in all aspects of riding.
2. Starsky has a decent idea there. + Make sure you have a helmet, and I'd say law mowing on a foil takes more core muscle than lawn mowing a TT or surfboard.

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Re: Practicing foil technique without a foil

Postby gbrungra » Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:22 am

I've wondered about this a lot, as I plan to learn to foil this spring.

I've been doing the balance board thing at the gym, while hanging from a big elastic strap attached to the weight racks. (The balance board can tip, so my weight is still over the board).

I've thought maybe a longer, pin-tailed surfboard (with feet all the way to the back) would force me to practice the front foot pressure?

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Re: Practicing foil technique without a foil

Postby Kamikuza » Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:50 am

Starsky wrote:Get an indo board.
And the see saw at the local park. Yoga lunges for weight transfer!

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Re: Practicing foil technique without a foil

Postby plummet » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:25 am

Maybe practicing jybes on an sb?

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Re: Practicing foil technique without a foil

Postby K-Roy » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:29 am

+ 1 for the "indo board" as its forcing you to move your hip side to side while balancing.
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(you can easily make one your self)

as an addition, anything that improves your balance will help you a lot to figure out the "feeling" (skateboard, unicycle one weel etc.)

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Re: Practicing foil technique without a foil

Postby Tone » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:56 am

you can certainly try tacks and gybes, I now do long sweeping upwind turns on my TT, the same way I do on my foil board. Leaning over a lot as I carve upwind and and bringing the kite above me and back the other way, even on a TT you can go really far upwind on the turns, more so with a race foil like a Sonic.

Other than that, I can't think of anything you'll benefit from.

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Re: Practicing foil technique without a foil

Postby gbrungra » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:24 pm

The name of the board I use at my gym is the "Extreme Balance Board"

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http://www.diamondfitnesssystems.com/Pa ... _board.htm

I just checked and the company doesn't even make that model anymore. Now they make one called the "Extreme Balance Board Pro" which adds a rotating base.

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Re: Practicing foil technique without a foil

Postby Starsky » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:29 pm

Save your money for the foil! An old skate deck, a piece of PVC pipe, bit of duct tape and your good.


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