Re: [ksurfschool] Digest Number 706
- Hi all,
First of all thank you to everyone who has answered my questions for the past 3 weeks. After two
weeks of vacation I would like to announce that I can now get up easily, go in one direction very
well, and in the other (my "off" direction for snowboarding) once in a while. I can also turn
upwind in my natural foot position, and ride that way for an extended period of time. ITS
I do have another question. How do I control my speed going upwind? Is it a matter of turning
more or less upwind? Or is it kite position? Is it sheeting in or out? (I am not using a
chicken loop, but do have a sheeting strap).
It seemed like the more upwind I turned the faster I went, and it got to a point where it was too
fast (I had a 8.9 wipika on 18 knots steady) so I turned downwind a bit and sailed too close to
my kite, untensioned the lines and crashed it.
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- --- In ksurfschool@y..., Thomas George DeMille <tdemille@y...> wrote:
> Hi all,upwind? Is it a matter of turning
>> I do have another question. How do I control my speed going
> more or less upwind? Or is it kite position? Is it sheeting in orout? (I am not using a
> chicken loop, but do have a sheeting strap).I learned on 2-line foils and just recently found out that it is
much, much easier to go upwind with a chicken loop. With a 2-line
kite you cnotrol your speed by turning on and off the wind. To slow
down, you edge hard to turn upwind. During the time it takes for the
kite to move toward the edge of the window, the kite will pull harder
but if you keep edging the board hard and turning upwind you will
slow down eventually.
If you slow down too much you can get your speed back by turning more
downwind and sining the kite if necessary.