edt wrote: rocktor wrote:
UKSurf wrote:What I do is park my kite and the edge of the window and hold it there with one hand, with the other hand and legs doggy paddle direcly towards the board. Seems to work alot better for me that just using the kite, give it a go and see.
are you kidding me? that sounds incredibly exhausting, no way am I gonna swim I just point at where I wanna go relax and moments later there's the board
swimming is for when you explode the kite
Agree 100% with edt on this one
"Doggy paddling" is sometimes possible, if the wind is light and/or your board is drifting fine.
But more often, it is not possible at all, in higher winds (even when sheeted out) - and it requires a lot more effort no matter what, and you'll be tired.
Have seen and experienced some, who has been close to their board - and then tried to doggy paddle for so long, that they were totally wasted and could not do anything but bodydrag ashore and leave their board out there - because of being too tired, and demotivated
So as said, YES, sometimes especially if close to your board, you might succeed - other times you will fail miserably.
But a good superman (sideways bodydrag) will get you up there much faster and safer, with less effort.
PS: I definitely dont agree you can bodydrag "upwind" in 3 inches of water - as if you have sufficient power to plane without any "keel" effect, you can not really go upwind.
And this thread is about that it seems - a board down at the surface where there is no wind pushing it, and he needs to bodydrag upwind to his board