jumptheshark wrote: ↑Wed May 06, 2020 2:36 pmPeter is right that Evan is right!
With extensions for low end foiling, its nice to add at least 5m to make a real difference.
3m extensions suit twin tip set up as they make a more noticeable difference to boosting and looping than outright low end.
My long lines are like my 12m kites..... dusty!
I've come to appreciate that practice and skill are THE MAJOR FACTOR when it comes to low wind water starting on a foil. Skill can make up for loads of unwanted line length and board volume. Watch some video of Sergio starting up with tiny kites. On the real low end, it's a completely different waterstart than when there is power to spare. Those who know how to waterstart a windsurfer in low winds or how to roll up onto a wakeboard behind an underpowered boat will have a decent understanding of this. Deep squat, compact body position in the water are key. Something like this:
With your ass inches from the back foot and board, it takes very little power to roll you up over a mostly submerged board and start moving forward. If you stand up too soon before you are moving well, you will sink the board and kill your speed. Stay low until the board surfaces. First fig 8/loop is about getting the board underneath you, foil down, directed just a few degrees upwind of the kite (thank you Slappysan). Second, third, fourth, etc fig 8 or wide loops are to get you moving forward STILL SQUAT in the water on your board until it is no longer plowing. Deep downwind angle hooking to a broad reach to generate apparent wind. Lastly, stand up and pump onto the foil. Compact body position with low centre of gravity is THE KEY.
At the low end you can't expect the kite to pull you up onto and over your board with straight legs.
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