A question for everybody, and some thoughts and experiences.
I kitefoil strapless mostly, on occasion I use straps for jumping, but quite rare.
For wingfoil also strapless, but tried with straps a few times. Three strap configuration that is.
In order to see how much faster you can carve surfing a wave wing hanging in one hand loose, when you can push with the straps also, as no matter how small and light, wingfoils still suck bigtime in terms of how lively they carve, compared to kitefoilboards.
I knew where the straps should be of course, and easy to ride balanced and jibe.
BUT, the sideways balance, was just horrific, well at least when wind is onshore or sideonshore, as this is what I've ridden
Meaning, normally on foilboards when I ride waves and want to turn, I put my front foot in the middle of the board, and my rear foot a bit to the leeside.
This way I can ride with balance sideways when wing is hanging loose in my hand, and board is horizontal and flat, everything feels balanced so I can carve both leeward and windward equally well
With straps on a wingfoil, first time I found they had to be super loose for me, so I could get closer to the centreline of the board.
Even after changing to wider straps, I still found I could not ride balanced to leeward, it felt like I would be pushed to windward if I just let go.
Do any of you feel the same?
I know, in theory, that it should not matter and might be a mental thing, as you just ride a bit tilted to leeward (or windward if toeside) when having straps a bit off center, for balance.
But it felt so wrong to me...
Pretty sure its just me who can not get rid of old habits.
Would like to hear everybody else's experience regarding this?
Assume it is just me who has to adjust - but maybe others have had the same experience and found out if its just a matter of time till it balances again, or if it, for some, feels and is wrong in terms of sideway balance???