Thanks Herman.Herman wrote: ↑Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:32 pmSergie. In my experience when a novice is told to edge harder they naturally weight the back heel and this makes them turn upwind. Similarly when they are told to flatten the board off they naturally put more weight on the front toes and this makes them bear away. This can take you to a good level. Eventually when you can ride well you will be able to revisit board trim to get more out of the rail and use it more optimally to get upwind.
When you come to do your first turns just fly the kite up, lower your bum into the water and water start in the new direction. Once you have mastered that turn by putting loads of pressure on the backfoot as you fly the kite up. Firstly you will feel the board carve into wind as you increase its angle of attack to the water, as your velocity decreases water flow across the board slows and the back end of the board will slide out pointing to a broad reach in the new direction. You can then dive the kite and ride off on the new tack. This will be a real "EUREKA" moment for you. It is well worth persaveverring!
I think I really need to practice 1-2m runs left and right a lot. I think I can do your lying back drill reasonably already. Watched a video on YouTube where an instructor suggests doing lots of short runs and immediately stop by bringing kite back to 12 and pushing bar away. I really need to practice pushing bar away too, so seems like a great drill for me. We have 12 mph tomorrow on our Troon (Scotland) beach so might try my 17 Slingshot Turbine. Should have lots of power for my 145x48 Allround CF.
What do you think - good idea? :