I recently started doing downwind speedruns with a proper garmin gps watch, and analyze my data. Its very interesting
. I ride a race foil (Moses Havok) with a race foilboard, and a freeride foilkite (Kitech FRS in 18&12), on quite choppy lake conditions.
I am comfortable until about 25-26 knots. After that, if i push it very hard, I can reach 29-30 knots max speed, but:
- i'm not sure about the body position,
- how bent my legs should be (I dont think a fully locked knee is a good idea, I don't see the pros riding like that, and it feels really unstable),
- if i should lean back with my upper body (I see Nico Parlier riding this style in competitions on the downwind leg) or be bent over forward a bit,
- how tilted the board should be,
- how sheeted in the bar should be,
- does the kite need to be super low down to the water or not?
Tons of questions
And there really is a world of difference between 30 and 35 knots and beyond. I'm really curious what makes the difference - of course, riding, training is inevitable, but with the right advice from someone who regularly rides very fast, the learning curve should become shorter and easier.
Anyone knows the right technique?