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Re: Tips for riding kite foil board upside down to get out of the shallows

Postby alpaia » Sun Dec 05, 2021 11:26 am

Yes you are right it was sideshore when the gay went through the breaks with his foil upside down, he could not go upwind at all.

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Re: Tips for riding kite foil board upside down to get out of the shallows

Postby FLandOBX » Sun Dec 05, 2021 11:44 am

norcom wrote:
Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:35 pm
norcom wrote:
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Have seen the video and/or pictures of someone doing it but can't find them now. Tried it a few times and the straps and shape of my boards make it almost impossible. Perhaps if I was WAY overpowered but it was just easier and safer to walk out until I could start.

I think if the board was just a flat plank it would work. Or if I had more skills and less fear of getting hurt. :D
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Found this one, yeah, I think I just suck at doing this. :D
https://blog.slingshotsports.com/wp-con ... stakes.jpg
That is SS Team Rider, Adam Withington. I guarantee that he has straps on his board (big air specialist).....oh, he also has more skills on the hydrofoil than all of us combined. :o

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Re: Tips for riding kite foil board upside down to get out of the shallows

Postby jumptheshark » Sun Dec 05, 2021 4:18 pm

Would be super sick if it worked!

I ride a pretty flat board and wear shoes which makes it fairly sure footed on the bottom of the board…….Still useless for me. Tried it for a nano second in open water way back, but due to relatively small kite sizes, there was barely enough power to get up let alone hold ground. Sketchy as hell whipping the kite around with the foil in your face. Went straight downwind. Think of twin tipping on a regular size board with a 7m when everyone else is on 12-14m. Most beach break situations where it would come in handy require you get upwind to depth. Have done it for a few seconds coming back in through the shallows, but it’s no help getting out.
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Re: Tips for riding kite foil board upside down to get out of the shallows

Postby Flyboy » Sun Dec 05, 2021 4:31 pm

FLandOBX wrote:
Sun Dec 05, 2021 11:44 am

That is SS Team Rider, Adam Withington. I guarantee that he has straps on his board (big air specialist).....oh, he also has more skills on the hydrofoil than all of us combined. :o
I don't doubt that it's possible to ride that way if you develop the skills to do it. I see that it is totally a race board/big air set up: long mast, small wing, chunky board (what is that board?). Straps might actually make it somewhat easier by providing some lateral resistance. Either way, I don't see myself attempting this anytime soon. :-?

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Re: Tips for riding kite foil board upside down to get out of the shallows

Postby FLandOBX » Mon Dec 06, 2021 12:59 am

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.....what is that board?.....
Pretty certain it's the Slingshot Hypermiler (4'8" all carbon) with an added deck pad. It's the board he's using in my all time favorite big air hydrofoil video from 2016 (same board shorts, harness, and steamer top too):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gfFAtcRGaQ

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Re: Tips for riding kite foil board upside down to get out of the shallows

Postby Flyboy » Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:29 am

FLandOBX wrote:
Mon Dec 06, 2021 12:59 am
Flyboy wrote:
Sun Dec 05, 2021 4:31 pm
.....what is that board?.....
Pretty certain it's the Slingshot Hypermiler (4'8" all carbon) with an added deck pad. It's the board he's using in my all time favorite big air hydrofoil video from 2016 (same board shorts, harness, and steamer top too):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gfFAtcRGaQ
Ah yes - the 2017 version. I've never really understood that board. It doesn't look like a really "race board" & I'm not clear why someone would want to jump with such a big board? I understand why you wouldn't want a pocket board, but does a big board actually help jumping? I would think you'd want something smaller & light underfoot when you're in the air.

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Re: Tips for riding kite foil board upside down to get out of the shallows

Postby ronnie » Mon Dec 06, 2021 12:30 pm

knyfe wrote:
Fri Dec 03, 2021 3:15 am
Any videos of that. Would like to see that on a short board ;-)
Marc Blanc - 10 years ago.
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Re: Tips for riding kite foil board upside down to get out of the shallows

Postby FLandOBX » Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:40 pm

Flyboy wrote:
Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:29 am
FLandOBX wrote:
Mon Dec 06, 2021 12:59 am
Flyboy wrote:
Sun Dec 05, 2021 4:31 pm
.....what is that board?.....
Pretty certain it's the Slingshot Hypermiler (4'8" all carbon) with an added deck pad. It's the board he's using in my all time favorite big air hydrofoil video from 2016 (same board shorts, harness, and steamer top too):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gfFAtcRGaQ
Ah yes - the 2017 version. I've never really understood that board. It doesn't look like a really "race board" & I'm not clear why someone would want to jump with such a big board? I understand why you wouldn't want a pocket board, but does a big board actually help jumping? I would think you'd want something smaller & light underfoot when you're in the air.
I agree, Flyboy. But I'd very quickly buy a Hypermiler if it'd make me boost like Adam W.! :D The marketing pitch for the Hypermiler has always been that it's very light (all carbon, no heavy deck pads on the stock version) and the steep chined rails allow the rider to heel more aggressively when racing or loading up for a jump. But 4' 8" just seems excessive to me. But I guess it works for Adam.

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Re: Tips for riding kite foil board upside down to get out of the shallows

Postby Flyboy » Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:49 pm

FLandOBX wrote:
Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:40 pm

I agree, Flyboy. But I'd very quickly buy a Hypermiler if it'd make me boost like Adam W.! :D The marketing pitch for the Hypermiler has always been that it's very light (all carbon, no heavy deck pads on the stock version) and the steep chined rails allow the rider to heel more aggressively when racing or loading up for a jump. But 4' 8" just seems excessive to me. But I guess it works for Adam.
Yeah, but that was back in 2016. Would that be his choice for jumping now? Jumping with a foil is a distinct discipline. I don't see people jumping at my local spots at all. When I have seen it, it tends to be people on race board set ups ... but does a race board really give an advantage? Just curious.

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Re: Tips for riding kite foil board upside down to get out of the shallows

Postby knyfe » Mon Dec 06, 2021 7:19 pm

Riding inverse is impressive although they also have longer boards. But I am sure they can make this work on a pocket board if powered. I typically ride underpowered to have the most fun carving. No chance to get on my board like this;-)
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