Flyboy wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:18 pm
All good advice (except the "ride the board on the water before trying to get up on the foil, which, for whatever reason, didn't work for me at all). The turning point for me was when a pro/foilracer looked at my set up & told me to move the mast to the back of the track & where to put my back foot, which was much further forward than I had been doing. Immediately I popped up on the foil & started getting short rides. For an experienced TT or SB kiter, how far forward you need to keep your weight is entirely counter-intuitive & takes a major mental & muscle-memory adjustment.
Hmmm, I agree, for a TT rider it is difficult, as you got your rear leg bent, and load on this leg.
But for a waveboard surfer, it is quite natural, as all the dominance is on the front leg, just as when on a surfboard
So if purely riding waveboards, it is quite easy to find the balance.
But getting "relaxed" takes forever, and it is almost impossible to understand it will EVER be possible, when you are up for the first times.
I must say, 7 years ago when I was up foiling for the very first time, all alone here, nobody else did this, I was thinking the very same "Can this really be IT"???
So sensitive and nervous, this cant be right?
But is WAS right, and when I had learned in muscle memory, I could ride totally relaxed and ride waves, with the very same (Zeeko) foil
Yes, you might have trim issues, as other have pointed out, let someone else try just to see how the trim works out.
Otherwise, just keep going - it will come, where you can ride relaxed one day
We are not all agile and talented like Øyvind Nøstdal who can make the impossible possible, but it will come to you.