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sitting on your board - easy, or am I uncoordinated?

Postby papasmerf » Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:54 am

rope on my rope slider broke ( and i foolishly did not have a back up line, which is now corrected) so in the middle of a gybe/attempted foot switch, i am suddenly riding unhooked. anyway, the whole drama is a totally different story BUT,, while attempting to sort out lines and such, i decide to sit on my board in comfort,,,since i have seen numerous videos of it being done effortlessly. I actually found it way harder,, i felt like an upside down weeble-wooble, board kept wanting to flip over with me as the keel. finally just gave up and hooked my leash to the board and did it in the water.

is this something that needs to be practiced,, or am i the only one who finds it harder than i thought. ss hypermiler board with a north sonar 1150 foil.

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Re: sitting on your board - easy, or am I uncoordinated?

Postby FLandOBX » Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:17 am

papasmerf wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:54 am
is this something that needs to be practiced,, or am i the only one who finds it harder than i thought. ss hypermiler board with a north sonar 1150 foil.
You're not the only one. It's easier on a larger, higher volume board. I wobble a lot on my 4'2" LF Galaxy, but had an easier time with a larger and "floatier" beginner board that I used to ride. It's like trying to uphaul a sail on a sailboard.....higher volume boards with more length make it a lot easier. :thumb:

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Re: sitting on your board - easy, or am I uncoordinated?

Postby Slappysan » Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:39 am

I find it quite challenging on my 4-6 Dwarfcraft with 1600 foil

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Re: sitting on your board - easy, or am I uncoordinated?

Postby cglazier » Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:04 am

I found sitting on my 128 cm Alpine board worked but it took some effort to keep my balance. Then I realized it was way easier just to put my feet on the fuselage under water, one in front of the mast and one behind. The board is downwind between me and the kite and facing perpendicular to the wind. Then the board is resisting the kite for relaunch and allows me easy handling of the kite bar over top of the board. And it's way quicker to get in this position.
These days I am using an even smaller board which I doubt I could sit on so I haven't even tried sitting in a long time. I see no reason to for relaunching.

;-) CG

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Re: sitting on your board - easy, or am I uncoordinated?

Postby papasmerf » Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:49 am

cglazier wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:04 am
I found sitting on my 128 cm Alpine board worked but it took some effort to keep my balance. Then I realized it was way easier just to put my feet on the fuselage under water, one in front of the mast and one behind. The board is downwind between me and the kite and facing perpendicular to the wind. Then the board is resisting the kite for relaunch and allows me easy handling of the kite bar over top of the board. And it's way quicker to get in this position.
These days I am using an even smaller board which I doubt I could sit on so I haven't even tried sitting in a long time. I see no reason to for relaunching.

;-) CG
hey cg,, i did actually try that as i have heard of that before. it also didn't work as well as i had hoped however, i didn't give a lot of time trying it, but i was not attempting to relaunch,, just to wind up lines/pack up kite as relaunch was impossible. i am going to post a thread in the foil kite section detailing the,, ummmm,,,,carnage.

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Re: sitting on your board - easy, or am I uncoordinated?

Postby airsail » Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:00 am

Small low volume wing, easy, big thick surf wing, difficult. Your trying to keep a wing directly underneath you that doesn’t want to stay there. It will always be a challenge on a big wing.

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Re: sitting on your board - easy, or am I uncoordinated?

Postby Janus » Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:52 am

+1 for it isn't easy..
118cm board, big frontwing or smaller doesn't make a big difference for me.
Practicing makes it easier.. but I prefer riding.. "what were you doing out there man?" answering "I was practising submerged board sitting".. makes me feel a bit goofy... (well I am..)

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Re: sitting on your board - easy, or am I uncoordinated?

Postby 1234567Simon » Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:39 pm

Thank you for your post.

You Are Not Alone!

Impossible on my Twin tip.
Difficult on my directionel
And extremly hard work on the foilboard.

Go try without kite.... in Summer with no Wind

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Re: sitting on your board - easy, or am I uncoordinated?

Postby tkaraszewski » Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:21 pm

I grew up surfing, so I don't think it's that hard, but on a small foil board, you do need to be balanced in the right spot. It's easier on bigger boards.

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Re: sitting on your board - easy, or am I uncoordinated?

Postby Janus » Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:15 pm

tkaraszewski wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:21 pm
I grew up surfing, so I don't think it's that hard, but on a small foil board, you do need to be balanced in the right spot. It's easier on bigger boards.
sitting still and waiting for waves to come is IMHO a total other thing than keeping your balance and trying to wind up your lines and getting pulled by the kite or trying to order the kite for a restart.. 8)


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