Thanks for the video. Great instruction, lots of detail, great footage!
joekitetime wrote: ↑Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:56 pmThanks for the video. Great instruction, lots of detail, great footage!
I'm 175# and although I've ridden my alien air 3 times winging (twice I was up and riding, once I could never get up due to light winds and a small wing) I do ride a 50 liter board, my day in and day out board.
I watched the video carefully and would add some comments. You nailed it on the "crux" of the manuever, but I would not perform the waterstart as you describe regarding putting a foot up. This is what I do which I think is much better. Bear in mind that it didn't take me months to learn this, I was able to do this on the first day.
Paddle out. It is a great workout, and for someone like me who has had 2 shoulder surgerys it is good for the shoulders. (wing trails behind upside down).
Once out, sit on the board like a surfer in the lineup (because you are a surfer, and you are in the lineup!)
Make sure your leashes are not wrapped around your legs.
Flip your wing.
Bunch up your wing leash in your hand, and also grab the depower strap on your wing, while it lays in the water...
While simultaneously swinging your legs under your board to get to your knees, use the hand holding the wing to grab the nose of the board, and use the other hand opposit the hand holding the wing the also grab the nose of the board on the other side. This should be a pretty stable position. You should find you want to be slightly aft, allowing the nose of the board to want to come up a bit. Be a tad too far back. Spread your knees as far as you possibly can on the board and push your chest as close to the board as you can get it. By holding the wing the nose can't go under water, and the weight of the wing helps you not wheelie too severely. This position is easy to get here and you can sit all day long like this.
THE CRUX MANUEVER: Now is the trick part and it takes 3 seconds. I usually just say 1, 2, 3 go. With the hand that is holding the depower strap of the wing, lift it out of the water, and grab the closest strap you can with the other hand. Lunge forward a bit to keep from wheelieing. Within 1-3 seconds you should be able to lift the wing enough for it to catch a little wind. Once you catch the wind with the wing you can lean forward against the wing while it is trying to lift. You just created a balance point to lean against.
Once I'm leaning against the wing I move it aft which then points the board into the wind. Then I pass the wing further overhead and sheet in, still on my knees. I gently pump the wing untill the board gets to the surface of the water. I don't stand before the board gets to the surface, but when the board gets to the surface then you can stand, one leg at a time like the traditional knee start.
If you can't get the board to come to the surface then you are flying a wing too small for the conditions, regardless of the board volume.
The crux is going from the balanced knee position on the board to lifting the wing enough for it to catch some wind (just like in your video). But that part is 1-3 seconds. For me this works every time.
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