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Mast Position for beginner

Postby Chrism1133 » Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:08 am

As a beginner should i have the mast in front or behind my rear strap.

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Re: Mast Position for beginner

Postby cwood » Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:59 am

not a question you can ask without specifying the equipment. In general you want your CG (center of gravity) or weight forward to stop porpoising of the board.
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Re: Mast Position for beginner

Postby Peter_Frank » Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:44 am

Most likely not behind the rear strap.

As too difficult to get it up on foil.

Not too far forward either as cwood says, as it will pop up too much when learning, as you have no fine control.

Rough guidelines only, as we don't know your foil.

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Re: Mast Position for beginner

Postby Gestalt » Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:59 am

You can move the mast position or you can also move the back strap position if that's available to you.

I'm learning as well, and when I moved the back strap up too much, I had a hard time getting the foil to lift me out of the water.

How long your board, is how heavy it is, personal weight, and how wide your stance is will all play a role. The goal I believe is to get roughly even weight distribution between your front and back foot.

For example, I lent my foil to a friend, and he stood in front of the back strap and that was balanced for him, and for me I couldn't get it to rise if I tried the same stance as him. He was shorter and quite a bit lighter than me weight wise though.

Personally I put my mast back a couple notches, as is advised to most beginners who have a tendency to put too much pressure on the back foot from their automatic skills in regards to twintips. So it's probably advisable to move the mast back a bit, and then once you get comfortable move it up a bit. At least that's my strategy.
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Re: Mast Position for beginner

Postby leeuwen » Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:10 am

Consider not putting on the back strap.
I am just starting to learn as well and I don’t really see the benefits for a back strap.
Yes, you have a reference point but:
1) with both feet in a strap you have a bigger risk of a bad crash
2) it is easier to figure out a comfy balanced position if you can play with the position of your back foot.
3) when learning to switch feet straps will be in the way

I just had my first few sessions with just a front strap and my next session I will move to just a hook because I only need the strap for getting on the board it seems. With the booties season just about to start I rather have something with low risk of getting stuck on a strap.
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Re: Mast Position for beginner

Postby Huib » Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:05 pm

leeuwen wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:10 am
Consider not putting on the back strap.
I am just starting to learn as well and I don’t really see the benefits for a back strap.
Yes, you have a reference point but:
1) with both feet in a strap you have a bigger risk of a bad crash
2) it is easier to figure out a comfy balanced position if you can play with the position of your back foot.
3) when learning to switch feet straps will be in the way

I just had my first few sessions with just a front strap and my next session I will move to just a hook because I only need the strap for getting on the board it seems. With the booties season just about to start I rather have something with low risk of getting stuck on a strap.
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