--- "Kite Power (Sydney)" <sydney@...
> You can't go upwind when you sine the kite?
> That's a load of crapola!
> The trick to going upwind when sining the kite is
> to point your board slightly down wind on the up
> stroke and sheet out, pull in to turn and sheet out
> and edge hard on the down stroke. The reason for
> this is because you have to fight gravity on the up
> stroke. Sheet out to increase the speed of your kite
> which will lead to more power. Going up wind is
> about retaining good speed in both the kite and the
> board. Another tip is to compress your knees on the
> upside of chop or waves and pump your legs on the
> down slope. Just like getting speed through a set of
> rollers on skis or a snowboard.
> It is definately possible and dont let anyone tell
> you otherwise. No one said it would be easy
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
Thanks Dave. I've been doing you said in regard to
the upstroke by going a little down wind to keep the
kite speed up, but I've got a ways to go to master the
technique so I can stay upwind. It is alot of work as
you said. Regarding the chop or waves, most of the
time there is not much chop/waves since the winds are
very light but I'll definitely try it.
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