ladomi wrote: ↑Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:13 pmI'm perplexed as this is not the first time I have seen someone saying this, but I start foiling the same way I start with a strapless surfboard. I believe someone said in this thread that they do the same. I use the Slingshot Hover Glide system with the Space Skate which does not float. I never tilt my board up and quickly time a dive before it sinks. I can take as much time as I want lazily on my back with my feet resting on the board.
Peter, have you actually spent some time trying this technique? It took me about 30 minutes to figure it out. You have put your feet very close to the edge and dive the kite more vertically. If you dive the kite in the normal fashion you get pulled sideways and off the front.
Should I make a video?
It is easy, when experienced indeed, no issues.
But for a total newbee, using a bigger board never sinking, trying for the first times to get up on the board, it does not work for 98 % of the new foilers I would think.
On a surfboard, you put your feet up on the leeward rail, point it a bit downwind, and while pushing the edge down you can start in a jiffy, easy no problems
Does not work at all on a hydrofoil, you will get yanked over the board to leeward, as the mast keeps it upright so to speak, no leverage whatsoever…
With a smaller board, and the right technique, it is possible indeed, but IMO not a way to try to learn for beginners, nor to recommend