[ksurf] Re: Help me please!!!
- De : Raphaël Salles
A : Martin Rothwell
Martin , its difficult to explain you the upwind by mail but I'm sure that
its nearly impossible to go upwind with a 15 m lines ??
Are you always sailing with so short lines ?
For my kites I use 40 m from my 9 m² to my 2 m² some time 30 m .
With the Wipika 8.5 m² you have to use 40 m in light wind and 30 m in
stronger wind : 14 to 18 knots . Its really hard to use 8.5 m² over 16 - 18
knots . Its also difficult to go upwind in the lower and higher part of the
range with the Wipika , the best is to use it in the middle :10 to 14 knots
If you are overpower you have to place the kite really close to the water so
it doesn't pull you rail out of the water .
If you take too much speed , you will be pull down wind by the kite , try to
control your board speed by pushing more on the rail .
Of course a soft kite will give you a much better up wind and wind range .
With my 6.5 m² I can sail upwind from 7 to 23 knots .
Best footstrap positions on F.ONE 215 are : front in the second position
counting from the back and back footstrap on the really back.
Same problem with 15 m lines its really difficult to jibe .
Use 40 m .
1 Place the kite half way , between the water and the top .
2 Take you back foot out from back footstrap .
3 Pull on your back hand to make the kite turning back .
4 Push on back foot to start turning the board .
5 Half way of jibing the board kite should be on other tack .
6 You are finishing the jibe with the board , push one last time on back leg
and turn you feet around . Kite is already pulling you out of the jibe on
the right tack .
See you on the water
>From: Martin Rothwell [mailto:martin@...]
>Sent: Monday, January 11, 1999 7:46 AM
>Subject: [ksurf] Help me please!!!
>Hope you all had a good weekend with good wind for Kitesurfing. I am
>hoping that someone can answer a few questions and explain where I am
>I have been kitesurfing whenever possible for the last 6-8 months. I
>have 8.5 and 3.5sqm Wipikas and use a 2.15 F-One Kitesurf board. I weigh
>80kg. This weekend I used the 8.5 in about 20 Knots of wind with 15
>metre lines (two lined wing). The session was the best so far. It was
>pretty extreme and the fastest I have ever been. It seems to me that it
>is easier to kitesurf when the wind is at the top end of the scale
>rather than the bottom. Does anyone agree?
>I have two problems which I need help with:
>1. I cannot go upwind yet. What is the secret? Some of you have said in
>previous messages that you go upwind really well. Is it that the
>equipment I use is not the best to learn with or is it just my
>technique? I have thought about trying bigger fins or moving the
>footsraps forward so my weight is more central on the board to get more
>rail in the water or even trying a bigger board. How do you do it? Any
>2. What is the best technique for a gybe turn? I have been trying to
>throw myself into the turn keeping my feet in position and then as I
>come out of the turn facing the opposite direction I try and change my
>feet. It is at this point I crash and burn.
>These are the two main problems. I can always get up and going and even
>pull a little air although sometimes unexpected.
>I hope someone can help me.
>Thanks in advance.
>UK Kitesurfer (trying)
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