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The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

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The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

Postby joekitetime » Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:02 pm

That's right foilers! A new trick! Everyone needs a new trick to master! Well here it is!!!

I first learned this "new" trick at the end of last season. To say I learned it it really means to say I came to appreciate it and desire it and want to master it. I had returned from a Hawaii vacation with my new thick tan and didn't want to "rub" it off with a wetsuit, so I proceeded to kite without a suit, but, the water was chilly so to stay warm I didn't want to drop in, or fall, or crash.

So that is the trick - riding without falling! An entire session above the water!

I had a nearly perfect game last night - but twice I came off the foil and got my feet and ankles wet! But not my hair! Nearly got it!

But, the trick to master, which is sadly underrated and under discussed, is the trick of riding without falling, keeping your hair dry, keeping outa da water.

It isn't easy, but it is a valuable trick to master!

After all, although we love the water, but we love to ride above it - not in it!

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Re: The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

Postby joekitetime » Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:06 pm

There is only 1 way to get wet - and that's to fall in!

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Re: The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

Postby SWO_kite » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:06 pm

Why would I try this 'trick'?

...I like it wet.. and the girls do too

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Re: The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

Postby tomtom » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:47 pm

Sometimes i do it - because exactly like you i want ride without wetsuit in chilling water. Foiling is most dry water sport :) But not sure i want to spend season that way :)

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Re: The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

Postby edt » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:53 pm

if i dont crash my kite at least 11 times I don't log it as a session

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Re: The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

Postby airsail » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:14 pm

Jellyfish, that’s the reason we try this trick here, nothing like dragging through a school of blue blubbers to get back to your foil

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Re: The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

Postby grigorib » Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:14 pm

Nope. It gets hot. Your feet become sweaty and slide on the deck.

If you’re not crashing - you’re not riding hard enough

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Re: The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

Postby paulOz » Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:36 pm

I have done this trick once or twice.
Then as approaching the shore at the end of the session I ponder how to complete the trick.
How to I get that last few metres with any style and staying dry :(

I have seen vids of some guns flicking the board and foil into the air, catching it and floating under the kite to the shore, board under arm,.
Ha, I am sure any attempt at that would end very badly for me and probably anyone nearby.

Tough trick number 2 !
Try as I might, I cannot carry the board , foil attached, through the house without banging it somewhere..

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Re: The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

Postby grigorib » Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:38 pm

Trick #3 - keeping your wings free of scratches

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Re: The Advanced Underappreciated Trick to Master!

Postby joekitetime » Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:57 pm

paulOz wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:36 pm
Then as approaching the shore at the end of the session I ponder how to complete the trick.
How to I get that last few metres with any style and staying dry :(
This is the super advanced part of the trick which has me stymied as well - which is, the dry start and finish. I'd wager that the dry finish would be the first to attempt, before the dry start.

If one remembers a not to distant past, the super cool guys could run down the beach, throw the kite and jump, then land in the water, dry and riding away. Way cool. But that would be much, much more difficult on the foil!

Coming in dry is equally as difficult, but would be the natural progression to top off that dry session!

I considered a floating dock, but that would just be cheating...


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