Re: Body Dragging Upwind
- I have a couple more comments.
1. A Reel Leash is much safer than a regular leash, you can check
out previous postings in the archives.
2. Always wear a helmet.
3. I ran into a problem going leashless on my board one day. The
wind accelerated and I went for one last big air. I missed the
landing and lost the board. I was so powered up that I was getting
tea bagged. There was no possible way to body drag back to my board
in this circumstance. Fortunately, my friend with a boat picked up
my board or it would have been gone forever.
--- In ksurfschool@y..., "callum_downie" <callum_downie@h...> wrote:
> If you have a wind against tide situation it might not be such a
> great idea to go leashless, If you can't drag upwind faster than
> current can take the board...
> A few tips for more efficient upwind dragging.
> 1, If your using a 4 line inflato sheet out on the chicken loop to
> let the kite right to the edge of the window - pulling you more
> 2, Keep the kite low, this way it'll pull you sideways instead of
> 3, Extend your arm as far as you can and arch your back as much as
> 4, If it's not too windy sometimes in the last few desperate meters
> you can kick yourself higher into the wind - can be very helpfull
> you are going to just miss the board.
> 5, spen half an hour practising this with out your board, so you
> concentrate solely on it, pic a spot on the beach and try to tack
> your way up to it...
> Thats about it... Hope it helps..
> --- In ksurfschool@y..., George Sarris <jakefarley2000@y...> wrote:
> > I've read alot about board leashes lately, being hit
> > by the board, and dragging up wind. I have not been
> > hit hard by the board but I'm sure it will happen. I
> > always wear a helmet and a good vest. I've lengthened
> > my leash and took the shock absorber off(the shock
> > absorber caused most of the "bounce backs"). I've
> > body dragged but don't seem to make it upwind very
> > well. The problem I havc is when the wind and tide
> > are going in the opposite direction. The board goes
> > more with the tide and I seem to go with the wind. Is
> > there any special technique? Should I keep the bar
> > down around my waist or chest to maximize my lift?
> > Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
> > Thanks,
> > George
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