Cos someone told them that was the best way to do it. It's a place to start, not the end goal. Unless it's perfect out of the bag for the rider it's viewed as a good position for a beginner because most beginners try to ride it like a TT and get their weight back on the rear foot. Mast all the way back counters this a little until you learn better form.
Having mast as far back as possible is generally misleading suggestion because boards, tracks, foot placements, wing positions and mast rake are different depending on model/year of gear.Grizwald wrote: ↑Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:48 pmI am struggling to learn to foil behind a boat. I struggle to learn anything so this is expected. I am improving but it is just a bit slower than continental drift.
The instructions that came with the board state that beginners should position the mast as far back as possible. Being a good little nerd, this is what I did. I have a rear foot hook so my rear foot is essentially fixed.
I find that my weight is at least 80% on my rear leg and after a fairly short time communication from my rear leg and my brain devolves into name calling.
I am now experimenting with moving the mast forward which seems to be improving things.
So --the question-- Why does the manufacturer recommend having the mast as far back as possible? Why is this viewed as the best position for a new foiler?
Thank you for your insights.
The amount is lift the foil produces at a given speed is unchanged and constant.joekitetime wrote: ↑Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:47 pmTher reason the manufacturers recommend positioning the mast all the way back is because of riders exactly like you - people who don't understand the characteristics of the foil. For them all the way back is safest. As you progress in your skill level regarding balance, you will also progress in your knowledge of how the foil works. Once those two connect you will then understand, and your body can handle, moving the mast forward, if needed.
All the way back creates the least amount of lift for the given foil and board combo. You want that for a new rider who has yet to learn to combat that lift, both physically and mentally.
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