bohme wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:54 pm
This happens to me 8 our of 10 times in strong wind and flat water.
The foil floats, and the board acts as a sail. For some reason it finds a way to rotate and position the board upwind.
I usually swim hard for 2 min. If the board gets a head start, I would struggle.
I use a UNIfoil 175 wave foil and a light 1.3kg custom board.
Very true Jacob - when in strong wind even a bit heavier foil can float on its side with board as a sail keeping the foil from going down vertical...
When a bit of wave or chop, it will often be "tilted" down by these.
But not always, and especially when more flat and higher winds as you say, it can keep itself on the side eventhough it would "sink" if no wind - and it is a lot more timeconsuming to bodydrag back and forth to get up to the board.
So when you crash and you fly downwind, and you shoot the board upwind, say in a failed 360 or rolltack or trick - it will take some time to retrieve your board if it stays on its side
Opposed to if it goes "flat" it will turn downwind pretty fast and you can almost just wait for it.
Still, I prefer the lighter foils by far - and as said, even a foil that will sink normally, CAN sit locked on its side if windier
So you just have to use your old "TT upside down far upwind" bodydrag skills - as it can always be retrieved I am pretty sure