Dan-at-Duotone wrote: ↑Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:09 pm(1) Downwinding SUP-foil-style with a kite doesn't work because when you hook into a swell and go 14 knots downwind in a 15 knot lull your kite falls out of the sky. Even when your apparent wind doesn't drop that low, you have to constantly worry about where the kite is and whether your lines are going to go slack. And this observation is from guys like Sky who have credible kite skills.
No offense to Sky but he's been dealing with 3 strut LEI kites designed to go upwind.
Thanks for the feedback.Jfoil wrote: ↑Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:53 pmI rode the 2,3,4 foilwings on a fanatic 2000 hydrofoil. I first learned to ride it in flat water beam reaches, then advanced to 6-9 mile downwind Maui runs. I absolutely love it, and didn’t want to give it back to Ken Winner, the designer. I feel free like a bird flying. I’m a 125lb female non-pro athlete and have no problem without a harness. Downwind the wind holds it for you basically. I used to SUP downwind (non-competitive) and hurt my shoulder paddling, so for me I am stoked to be able to downwind again. It’s so much easier and more fun than with a paddle. You can luff it and use the waves, and when you wallow, pull in a little on the wing and overcome that. I think it is going to be a success now because it is inflatable, light weight(3lbs), portable, and big surf foils need such little pump to get foiling. I will see if I can post a video. I will always love kiting waves but this is a nice way to get away from crowds and have fun.
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