I dont have a chance going upwind, if not foiling
Fairly new, so that could be it of course.
But my a bit more experienced and really talented friends say the same thing, hardly impossible to go upwind if wind is not sufficient for foiling. Maybe even lose ground.
I think I read someone saying when learning you should learn to ride and go upwind, non foiling first - but if you go downwind it is not really an option for long
So the idea you can go out in offshore or at least get around or get in when too light, somewhat diminishes as I see it
Most boards are 100 litres or less, and short, but it seems most use boards where just possible to stand up with the help of the wing, and as short as possible - as this makes sense in all other respects.
What do wingfoilers say about their ability to hold ground, or even go upwind, when wind too light to foil?
If wind is dead onshore, I can paddle out across the lower water and steep waves, but when standing up I will lose ground so not be able to wait for a puff to get up foiling - a really difficult scenario.
But good practice, learning to stand up in waves from the side and too light wind - you just swear a lot whenever you fall and fail is my experience ha haa - but in the long run you get "tougher" by this, so still good.
Is it easier to hold ground not foiling, when flat water?
But in typical wingfoil winds for 4 to 5 m2 wings, it is always either mega choppy or waves - good use for getting up on foil, but when not sufficient to foil, it seems to get even worse to go upwind not foiling.
Is it difficult maybe not possible, or is it just a matter of a lot more experience, even from the talented guys who can tack and do 360s?
On a windsurfer even a small slalom board, you can go upwind not planing, very slow speed, but still possible to "get around".
How is this on a wingfoil, not foiling?