advice on footstrap position for directional.
- Hi all,
I'm hoping for a little advice. I have spent a couple of months on
a large 7' directional and feel I have come to grips with starting,
going upwind and general kite handling for beginners (not
gybing successfully yet), so I thought it was time I graduated to a
smaller board. I have an Airush 172 directional and have the
footstraps setup as far back as possible. I found it a big change
from the large heavy 7' Naish directional and had alot of trouble
staying on the water and no luck going upwind. The tips in the
files section are great and I think I know what I was doing wrong
now in terms of where to fly the kite and getting it to the front of
the window and not too high etc, but I found that when I did get in
the groove even the smallest chop threw me off the board. I
wondered if I set the footstraps more forward if this would help
me balance. Is it just a question of practice and learning to get
the board to dance over the chop, or absorbing it with my knees,
or perhaps a little more bodyweight and downwards pressure on
the board (although this tended to make the tail spin out)?
It seems to me a twintip has much more centralised bodyweight
than a directional. Does this mean it handles chop better?