trnsprt wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:45 pm
Yeah, that makes sense. It must be timing. It felt like the moment I powered the kite the nose was popping up and I didn't have time to flatten. I'm sure you're right. Almost like a pump. Power kite, nose up, pump down and back up without powering kite too much.
Sounds like I'll be learning to foil again for a few sessions.
Yes this is a problem that I had not known about myself,
that is until my 110 board arrived a few weeks back
normally I am up and away in a flash on my 120 without any failed starts on any water state,
But then my first session on my 110 was a flipping nightmare, the same problems you mentioned above, the harder I tried the worse it got,
I ride full strapped so thought I had screwed the straps to far forward, and then thinking my mast was too far back, it took me around 20 to 30 goes before I realised that more back foot pressure and sometimes pointing more off wind worked,even being a tad more aggressive with the kite to the point of just trying downlooping with gusto from behind, which of course works well if a little bit extreme, but then after a bit more practice it became just as easy as using my longer board.
It was a bit of a shock though, to feel like a newbie for a session was not what I was expecting, and getting going on my weak side from a water start is still not that easy compared so my "huge" 120 board, never thought that 10cm would be such a big difference.
8th session in now with my little 110, and well happy now, waves are more fun, the board can be pinwheeled around, it feels like I am sailing around stood on top of a mast, and jumping is just the same, I did fear the nose dipping on landing but its not happened after my first time getting it wrong, if anything- because I am more aware of the need to use my back leg more on landing then my "dry board" landings have increased, so result there!
I do wonder how many others have had this wake up call like us.
funny how I was blaming everything else and not me.