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Hydrofoiling Overpowered

Postby UKSurf » Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:58 pm

Hi, I was wondering if anyone could advise me on how to hydrofoil when over powered. The problem I have is that when I am over powered I dont have the weight to hold my large surf wing down since the kite lifts me up and if I lower the kite in the window I have too much speed. Is there a technique to deal with this?
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Re: Hydrofoiling Overpowered

Postby neilhapgood » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:07 pm

Keep the kite lower and maybe change your body position. If you watch footage of people racing they have the kind of stance you need to control a lot of power

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Re: Hydrofoiling Overpowered

Postby AndersP » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:16 pm

Lot's of depower, point high or really low.
Be sure you not to pull on the bar when the kite is high.
The higher you have the kite, the more it will lift.

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Re: Hydrofoiling Overpowered

Postby tomtom » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:51 pm

Dont ride overpowered on large surf wing. There is no way to make it work - its just surving

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Re: Hydrofoiling Overpowered

Postby irwe » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:47 am

When over powered on my slow large surf wing I move my back foot forward. It's not fun flying over powered but at least I can get back in to down size my kite. I find the same thing in super gusty conditions as well

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Re: Hydrofoiling Overpowered

Postby Jyoder » Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:20 pm

Ride slow! Point very high upwind or downwind to slow down. As soon as you start going even a bit fast, apparent wind builds and it’s hard to recover without going straight downwind to slow down. Not fun, but good skill practice.
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Re: Hydrofoiling Overpowered

Postby jumptheshark » Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:50 pm

The more overpowered I get on any given kite the more my riding becomes very upwind/downwind. The comfy angle to match comfortable kite/line load with easy controlled riding speed is eventually at an amazing upwind angle. Then its not quite as bad to have so much kite when heading really deep downwind.

At the extremes, kite high, low speed. The simple survival mode has never been more comfy than on foil.

Most days, be it under or slightly over powered. It's about finding that sweet line that works for wing, wave and wind. Often takes me 20 mins or so, but eventually I stop muscling my gear and get into the flow.

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Re: Hydrofoiling Overpowered

Postby plummet » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:39 pm

As others have said. Drive hard upwind. I mean HARD. Lean right back so you can almost drag your back in the water. Angle more downwind wind can easily ride overpowered deep downwind. Now for those times you need to go cross wind/broad reach. Before you get too much speed up and get driven out of the water with lift. Purposefully drive the nose of the board into the water and use touchdowns as a technique to slow down.

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Re: Hydrofoiling Overpowered

Postby Foil » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:33 am

what worked for me was a few things and all helped a lot.
shorter lines, 3-5 mtr less,
wider stance and locked into all the straps, massive difference when dialed in, takes time to adapt though,
this also allows you to lean back much more
immaculate condition on your working surfaces, mast and wings, run clean tap water over the surfaces making sure the water clings to all parts, this gives a much smoother less jittery ride, = more confidence to push hard.
depower a little can help as well.
cranking upwind or hard downwind works well, downwind at full speed needs practice and very smooth clean working surfaces.
there is a maximum speed you can hit on big wings so this helps you hold the line, but dirty wing / mast surfaces wont let you get there.

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Re: Hydrofoiling Overpowered

Postby UKSurf » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:12 pm

Foil wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:33 am
immaculate condition on your working surfaces, mast and wings, run clean tap water over the surfaces making sure the water clings to all parts, this gives a much smoother less jittery ride, = more confidence to push hard.
Could you explain this in more detail pls? I am not sure how running tap water over the foil will help


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