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69573Re: [ksurf] Wakeboarding lesson before a successful kitesurfing waterstart!

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  • Mark
    Aug 11, 2005
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      Yah like I said before, best to use a cable water ski if youve got
      one close by, then there is no wake, just a smooth constant pull.


      --- In kitesurf@yahoogroups.com, georgeiw@a... wrote:
      > Hi Chris,
      > I took forever to be able to stay up and I recently went
      > The part of wakeboarding that is most like kiteboarding in terms
      of stance
      > and all that is when you are outside the wake and way on the side
      going at an
      > angle and forward with the boat.
      > Use your kiteboarding board, it will work, though it might be a
      > wobbly.
      > I do not think that fins make the biggest difference.
      > Two are enough since you are unlikely to ride toe side on your
      kiteboard for
      > a while though you can definitely do it on the wake board.
      > Another trick for learning how to wakeboard is to start sitting in
      an inner
      > tube. Just leave it behind in the water when you get up. You
      start from a
      > much better stance. As soon as the boat driver hits the gas simply
      stand up.
      > When you get back to your kite try to ride for a while sitting in
      a tube and
      > not standing up. Try to loop the kite on one side of the window
      gently, not
      > diving too hard and keep your speed up. Do not fly the kite too
      far to the
      > side before you bring it back up. Use the board to try to steer
      down wind at
      > 45 degrees. This is what you will want to do without the tube.
      > I will add more later but unfortunately the board is the smallest
      part of
      > the problem.
      > Kiting is easier on your arms and back than wakeboarding because
      you can
      > hook into the chicken loop. When you get back to the kite you can
      try un hooked
      > if it is not too windy but eventually you will want to get used to
      > hooked in.
      > The hardest part of it all is managing your edging and stance as
      you loop
      > the kite the first 2 or 3 times. After that you will have built
      up enough
      > speed to smooth out everything.
      > Think like this:
      > 1 dive the kite, pop up quickly (not like water skiing), and
      pull your back
      > foot in to turn the tip of the board downwind about 45 degrees.
      > 2 now turn the kite up and forward, then back a little, (set it
      to faster
      > turning. they are slow anyway), and point your board towards the
      kite as you
      > stand up and coast while the kite is not pulling on the up stroke.
      > 3 Now turn the kite back down into the middle of the wind window
      > straight down and a little backwards if the wind is light) You
      will now begin
      > to edge harder and turn the board more sideways or upwind as the
      kite pulls
      > harder going through the power zone.
      > Repeat 2
      > Repeat 3
      > Now try to make each stroke smoother and longer without flying the
      kite out
      > of the side of the wind window.
      > Let us know how that works.
      > If it doesn't make sense I will send another idea.
      > George
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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