Flyboy wrote: ↑Sun Nov 26, 2023 7:34 amI think with enough experience you can "feel" where your foil is in the water - you make constant, tiny, subconscious adjustments to keep the foil where you want it.
Hmmm, I dont think so
We need to have some reference IMO, it is just that we dont think about it anymore, and can look whereever we want now
Might just be me, having kitefoiled more than 10 years now - and after some years I thought the same.
But two things let me say ýou cant feel how high you ride (in normal conditions which is some chop and a bit of waves too maybe)
If I close my eyes, I can not ride "indefinitely" even if going straight - have tried it a couple of times.
Also, when I ride after dusk when getting REALLY dark, I seem to breach a lot more (eyes open) - kite is no problem as it is on your backbone yes, and also more contrast on the sky, but when it gets dark and impossible to see the water surface and "height" nor horizon nor the waves, I crash more often at least when jibing or riding on the small wave surfaces.
Meaning I can not feel the foil height in the water, if I did not have my "sight"
I agree you dont need much "sighting" nor to look in a particular direction, but I really doubt one can feel how high/low your foil is in normal choppy conditions.
Never ride in totally flat water, so have no idea if different in this respect?