3037Re: [ksurfschool] controlling wakeboard speed
- Apr 3, 2002Thanks a million for all of your replies...
The general consensus ( thanks for the great tips Philip ) is to just keep
on edging and edging and edging even if it feels like a bail out is more
Keep the kite low, ( even if this "feels" wrong ), keep an even distribution
of weight on both feet, and edge high into the wind. If I am succesfull this
will keep down the boardspeed and eventually allow me to gain more control
about just how fast I want to go????
----- Original Message -----
From: "Philip" <phil@...>
Sent: 03 April 2002 14:38
Subject: RE: [ksurfschool] controlling wakeboard speed
> I think we all know that feeling. I want to bail out, but I can get my
> body to do it.
> To get the kite flying more in front of you and control your speed you
> must be first be in control.
> Once critical speed is reached.... Well you know what happens..
> Its like the scene from Willy Wonka when the "rowers keep rowing and
> there are no signs of slowing,...."
> Try edging as hard as soon as you drop the kite into the power zone and
> point the board hard up wind.
> Ride in a super slow controlled manor keeping the board pointed up wind
> if the kite starts to pull hard and stars turning you down wind sit down
> and hold the edge and let the kite fly forward of you again.
> "rinse and repeat!"
> Keep doing this until you can ride comfortable very slowly controlling
> the speed so that you are just standing up and moving.
> Once you have this under control you can start to bare off slightly and
> allow the board to gain in speed.
> As soon as you pick up some speed keep that edge on! If you feel the
> "train a' coming" sit it down~! Regain control and start again.
> Keep doing this and you will learn a lot about power control using the
> When over powered bring the kite low in the sky and drop that edge. It's
> a little counter intuitive to drop the kite lower but it allows you to
> get leverage on the kite.
> The pull will be intense as the kite flies toward the edge of the window
> but it will subside quickly if you keep that edge on.
> Philip Mann
> Inland Sea Windsurf Co.
> toll free 888-465-2632
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Hung Vu [mailto:hungvu@...]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 2:20 AM
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> Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] controlling wakeboard speed
> ian@... wrote:
> > My main problem being that as I get going I get faster and faster
> > until everything just gets madly out of control resulting in some
> > serious wipe outs. The area where I ride is a little bit choppy which
> > doesn't help the matter but I imagine that once I learn to reduce the
> > speed, the chop wont be such a problem.
> > I've watched boost several times and it isn't something that they go
> > too far into. When I try and edge harder upwind I find it
> > progressively harder and harder to hold the edge and I slide into an
> > even worse wipe-out.
> Sounds like you are in the going-too-fast and going-too-slow dilemma.
> When you are going too fast, the kite simply makes you going faster and
> faster until you fall.
> When you are going too slow, the kite simply yank you right out of your
> The trick is not to go with the pull of the kite nor to put the board
> perdendicular to the kite but slightly forward such that you have some
> forward moving force. Try to balance such condition with BOTH of your
> feet and not just with the front nor the back foot.
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