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Re: Straps or No Straps... old, old question...

Postby cglazier » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:06 am

I ride both ways but I generally prefer having straps because then I can:

-do backrolls
-do 360s (much easier with straps)
-go fast (need straps to go really fast)
-tack (easier with straps)
-waterstart is quicker
-cope with big waves and big chop better

Generally if you are well powered and doing powered moves you need straps or you will get pulled off your board. If you ride strapless you do more nimble moves with less power and speed but with more finesse. Strapless riders often use a smaller kite. Choose whichever style you like.

Just my opinion.
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Re: Straps or No Straps... old, old question...

Postby Foil » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:33 am

follow what you enjoy the most, I think following a must do list just because someone else can do it is wrong, I remember the handle debate on Ttips first developing and learned a lot from that fashion statement,
I have gone from two foot straps and believing jumping was not for me, to 3 straps and boosting all the time if I can,
boosting is such a challenge to get right, and because I was a devoted booster on Ttips the feel of excitement on take off on the foil had me hooked on my first terrible attempt.
its much harder = good
way harder to land correctly = annoying but good
a little more risky = not a problem,it makes you more careful.

Using 3 straps is way harder than 2 straps, like learning all over again for me, frustrating but yet again feels so good when you get it right, still a long way for me to go on this, both 3 strap use and boosting, using small kites in strong winds is very tricky to get right, landings are much harder and more risky.
Cracked the jumping on big kites, god! that feels so good, and to think I was about to remove my unused back strap.

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Re: Straps or No Straps... old, old question...

Postby cor » Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:55 am

junebug wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:38 am
Free your feet, free your mind.
Thought so too. Until I made a huge mistake. I steered the kite back, edged hard and pulled on the bar :jump:

... and all thoughts on strapless were gone in that very moment.

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Re: Straps or No Straps... old, old question...

Postby Kamikuza » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:09 pm

I move my feet around too much to cope with straps any more.

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