grandeand wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:12 pm
it's completely subjective.
I love going strapless; I tried with the straps but I did not feel comfortable.
there are conditions (very large waves or very strong current, rocks in the wind) where I decide to mount the strap and leash, but almost always I go strapless.
the other difference is to go with the surf that has the pads or with paraffin.
I love direct contact with the table, so I love going with paraffin.
I am the other way around...
Come from windsurfing, and straps are SO much better in every way IMO.
Have ridden strapless waveboards for some years, till I found there was absolutely no advantages whatsoever.
Mostly a "smart thing" that particularly newbees thinks is "so cool" ha haa.
For those only riding old boards, it is also a way to learn more difficult things, instead of getting bored, makes sense.
When hydrofoiling it is completely opposite for me, here it MAKES SENSE to go strapless, and I almost solely ride strapless here, as you dont have any bounce or chop or similar, so going strapless here is the ultimate feeling of freedom for me, except when I occasionally a few times want to jump in lighter winds, where straps is a must and fun.
Strapless, not fun on waveboards, but I understand the desire for those not hydrofoiling but mostly or only riding waveboards.
You can learn different tricks in lower winds and onshore, when on a square waveboard, so a fun challenge if that is all you want.
Personally I have so much experience in straps and positions (which IS a thesis in itself only very very few has learned to master), that it by far gives me the most when riding waves.
Most kitesurfers have never learned this, to be able to find the precise millimeter spots, combined with the board shape, that works in ALL conditions.
I know most might disagree, but so be it, we are all different and THAT is the key here, different likings and nothing but that, it is all good and no reason to diss one or another style