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3378Re: Final Waterstart question. Sooo Close!

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  • medairkite
    Jun 1, 2002
      Mel

      great insights. do you recommend being hooked or unhooked when
      waterstaring with a 2 line, what about with a 4 line.

      thanks

      med

      --- In ksurfschool@y..., Mel <kitebord@p...> wrote:
      > <infrauk@y...> wrote:
      >
      > > With the kite in Neutral, I put my weight onto my back foot,
      >
      > I don't get the feeling myself. I feel like both my feet are
      weighted
      > roughly equal, but then I have my footstraps positioned so my feet
      are
      > weighted equal while riding (all the way back in the stock
      inserts). More
      > important to think of bending your legs, and pushing your heels
      down &
      > upwind (to get your butt over the board).
      >
      > > move the
      > > kite towards the edge of the wind window according to the
      direction I
      > > want to travel,
      >
      > More like "dive the kite straight down". Of course the angle of
      dive is
      > highly dependent on wind strength & kite size (in other words dive
      more if
      > you need more power). If diving straight down & pulling out only
      at the
      > very last moment before turning as tight as possible to barely miss
      the
      > water still won't get you up, then start by moving the kite back in
      the
      > opposite direction a bit first, before diving it (gives more diving
      space, &
      > also gets the kite moving before even starting the dive).
      >
      > > briefly point the front of the board towards the
      > > kite,
      >
      > That is a technique to use if you've dived the kite too much: you
      steer
      > towards the kite in order that line tension doesn't pull you over
      on your
      > face.
      >
      > > then when up, make sure the board is parallel to the kite,
      > > distribute my weight evenly across both feet and edge hard.
      >
      > Again dependent on how powered up you are, you may not need or want
      to edge
      > hard. Edge only hard enough to maintain your desired course. Most
      often
      > those at your stage are underpowered, & a common problem is failing
      to keep
      > working the kite up & down to maintain sufficient power to keep
      your balance
      > once up on the board.
      >
      > > With directionals, I was told you needed to dive the kite to get
      up.
      > > But not on Twin tips. Is this true?
      >
      > Absolutely not. The kite maneuver is identical, & the foot work is
      also
      > essentially the same too.
      >
      > > If not, could you advise how the
      > > kite should be manoeuvered?
      >
      > I already did that above, but it's a good idea to lie on your back
      on the
      > sand to practice without the board. Hover, then dive to lift you
      to a
      > standing position. You may need to bend your knees, & pull your
      butt in
      > over your feet too, just like in the water.
      >
      > > Determined to get up and stay up this weekend.
      >
      > The first time you get up on the board you'll likely fall
      immediately, but
      > by the end of the day (or maybe by the beginning of the next day)
      you'll
      > likely be able to stay up indefinitely. In other words, don't get
      > frustrated, just keep trying, & quite soon you'll be ripping.
      >
      > Mel
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