RE: [ksurfschool] Controlling speed
- Hi Mark,
I had a bit of trouble with this when I first started. Firstly,
what board do you ride? Second, do you find you have the problem on both
tacks? The reason I ask is because I am natural stance but I found
controlling speed was easier on my goofy side to start with. I discovered
that I had a really closed stance. You should try and orientate your hips
and head in the direction you are wanting to go. Make sure your rear knee is
bent straight over your toes, not in or out. Now if you doing all that right
and you are still skooting downwind there is a good chance you are
oversheeting. This is the most common problem beginners have with four line
kites. Over use of sheeting leads to apparent wind. Easiest way to explain
why is that if you sheet out your kite will shoot forward, if you are unable
to edge at this point and force the kite further forward it will as a result
fall back into the window powering even more then the whole thing starts
again until you have a buster. I advise all beginners on a four line setup
to use the main loop until they can force the kite to depower using their
board. If you are feeling underpowered when you go out the main loop could
help with keeping the kite powered. Try a different board perhaps. I think
that everyone has this problem whether it be for 5 min or 5 months. Try the
main loop and edge hard. Have fun.
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From: mserms [mailto:mserms@...]
Sent: 26 April, 2002 7:07 PM
Subject: [ksurfschool] Controlling speed
I've managed to get out surfing twice now and seem to be improving
all the time. Both times I have felt pretty underpowered (about 7knts
on my ARC 1510), but it's been OK once I get going.
The trouble is once I start picking up a lot of speed I'm finding it
really hard to edge enough to slow down. I can usually stop myself
picking up too much speed, but when I do I end up in a bit of a mess.
Any tips, or will it just come naturally?
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