I'm playing around with adding additional length to my bar so work in progress. I have already made the jump to a "chickenloop less" setup which has brought the bar several inches closer. I'm mostly there My foil is fast and apparent wind speed builds quickly and need to trim appropriately.fernmanus wrote: ↑Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:26 pmFoilonfoil,
I rarely use the trim strap, perhaps once every 20 sessions. For me I find enough trim just using my arms. One thing that helps is to not use a hook, I use a Mystic or Ride Engine harness with my chicken loop attached directly to the sliding rope. This gives me lots of adjustment trim. I am 6’2” tall with an arms pan equal to my height. So, perhaps my longer than normal arms help me in that regard.
Interesting idea, PostMan. I think the challenge would be getting comprehensive video. When an instructor can see the rider's position, the kite's position, the movements/timing of both rider and kite, etc., then the likelihood of providing useful instruction increases. Most GoPro footage is limited in its coverage. It might work better with an independent, stand-alone camera that records kite and rider all at once. Either way, I like the idea.PostMan wrote: ↑Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:19 pmI'm not the man to do this because I don't have the time for it, but I wish someone would create an online kite coaching business: have your student put a GoPro on his/her helmet and board and go for a sesh, then analyze the riding footage, provide feedback and points, repeat. I've found reviewing my regular riding footage has pointed out lots of little mistakes and bad habits to myself and helped me improve, so it would be useful I think to have an online kiting coach.
I assume you are asking about the snow. Utah is a Mecca for snowkiting, no one makes a journey to Utah for our water kiting (it is not bad, but there are better spots). In the winter, Skyline which is located about 2 hours south of SLC has the most consistent wind and snow conditions. Strawberry is an even better place to ride, but has fewer rideable days. The best time to come is February or March. The nice thing about Utah is you can ride the resorts on days that are not good for snowkiting (snow days or windless days). The snow kiting is so good that I don’t ski the resorts anymore. On a powder day at Alta, you are lucky to get a few laps in on a bluebird powder day, while snowkiting you get pow all day long.@fernmanus where do you kite in Utah? I live in Boston but go to Alta every few years. I love to kite ski on Lake Champlain and Lake Sunapee but would really like to try the mountains
My two cents to above good advices....Gyre wrote: ↑Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:40 amfernmanus: I think I'm the only one in town here with a 21m and several times I've also been the only person having a solid session on the water (though foil boards are cutting into that! But my low end just doesn't feel low enough -- when it's blowing around 10 kts I know there should be power, but I'm doing something inefficient, and I just can't see what it is. Or, a couple more knots than that, and guys on 15m tubes will be beating me -- nothing against tube kites and I'm not competing, but the math on that just seems wrong.
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