OzBungy wrote: ↑
Tue May 19, 2020 7:08 am
You don't have to crash. You can lean right over and carve the foil slower and slower until you come to a stop. You can settle on your butt in the water, or lower a leg and stand.
If you get it right it's fairly graceful. If you get it wrong then you're no worse off than the usual butt splash.
No, maybe with a kitefoil where you can use your kite a bit, although using say a 5 m2 there is not much lift.
But not possible in my experience, with a wing.
Having around a meters span, some even more, it could touch the bottom and one side of a wing on the bottom, no matter if a kitefoil or wingfoil, is by far the worst you can EVER do to any foil, destructive
And you have no lift from the wing, so going gracefully butt in the water is not an option I think
I also dont want to carve up too much on my kitefoil, as if I slow down too much and stall, it will be hard on the foil.
Besides the risk of touching with one side of the wing only, so either straight out, or whip it fully on its side, well for me at least, I take care of my gear in this respect...
If you knew EXACTLY how deep it was, say 110 cm, you could stop on a wingfoil letting the board touch down on the water, and go down on your knees simply doing a reverse start.
In reality I dont do this (and would never know exactly how deep it is), but ride foiling high till low, and fall on my back very un-elegant
But cant help it, way easier than swimming the last part, and more fun if a bit of waves, although a tad harder on your gear, but as long as you dont tilt the board it is no biggie
Jumping off to leeward of any foil, kite or wing, like JakeFarley on the surfboard, I try to avoid, because if windy or a wave to windward, the foil might bash into you from wind or wave, and even worse, it is out of your sight so you have no idea what it is doing or heading - extremely risky (apart from the risk of foot injury when landing in unknown depth)