joriws wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:00 am
Regis-de-giens wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:50 am
Another one (long for people wanting details) in very marginal wind. We can see how it behaves in 3 knots and less, then my trials of waterstart and in the end ...
Pulley bar - the universe has still not got rid of those..
Yes , an old fashion pulley bar (actually a classic Pansh bar that I have transformed to pulley bar, custom) ; it is quite comfortable on the beach or during waterstart ; however then I used this Pulsion 18m with a large classic bar, 65 cm , and it is enough if you accept to punctually seize the pre-lines to maje it turn on its tip (and then the lighter bar pressure of a standard bar is more comfortable I feel).
Thanks foilholio ; I do not like announcing wind speed numbers in those winds since it will be very "rider reference" dependant, but I must say we have the same reference , I agree with your figures. For years I try to optimize my waterstart in ight wind, I start to think that among the three methods, when good timed, you have almost the same result :
- classic launch through the window
- loop frontward
- loo back ward
... he winner will change from one kite to another, depending on ratio and line length for example.\
in this video, we do not see the details, but here is what I do:
- kite on the extreme window right
- I swim almost against the wind to create a bit of apparent wind (say 0.5 knot)
- I place the hydrofoil in opposite direction, still trying to swim upwind,
- drive the kite in opposite window, and leave my back foot straight in the water to be used a keel and pushing against the wind to limit the drag downwind
- as soon as tension starts, I put the foot on the board , I bend the knees to the maximum I can, I sink the board to get on it , even if the whole will sink a bit
- then I pump a bit
At my current low wind limit, the limiting factor is rather getting ON the board than start foiling, hence pumping is useful but its "quality" is not so significant with a 1200cm2 wing like on this video.