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PostSubject: ....Ride strapless   Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:47 pm

Interesting article on riding strapless.
I'm a big fan of learning all the basics of riding a surfboard first, before removing the straps, we see way too many people removing them too early and then there progression is slowed down so much (to the point they barely ever actually ride a wave)

Yay great I can ride strapless...but are you riding waves?

Anyway check it out
http://newjerseykiteboarding.com/beginners-guide-strapless-kitesurfing/
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PostSubject: Re: ....Ride strapless   Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:32 pm

So where do hydrofoils fit into this family tree?

I Watched a video of a long distance kite race last week. The winners were on bloody hydrofoils for heavens sake !! I could not believe my eyes

I would pay good money to see that for real on Aberavon beach
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PostSubject: Re: ....Ride strapless   Fri Dec 19, 2014 6:03 pm

Yup the foil boards are extremely efficient especially in light winds...they have dominated the race scene this year. I believe there will be two classes next year, foil and regular race boards.

Even for the pro directional kiters the foil is a real challenge to start with.
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PostSubject: Re: ....Ride strapless   Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:42 am

I picked up some chat on an Australian site saying some people don't bother learning on a twin tip but go straight to a directional board, I guess there are more waves than flat water there. Is that going to be a trend ? For me I prefer to explore the twin tip first and then move to learning the skill of surfboards. Any views either way?
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PostSubject: Re: ....Ride strapless   Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:36 am

And that's the thing....it's actually better to learn on a surfboard without waves, especiually strapless ie. there is a lot more foot placement/movement going on which is way easier to do on flat water.

Surfboards are now very popular in spots where there are no waves (well mostly) ie the Great Lakes etc
The trickery side of directionals is also gaining huge popularity..check out Sav on here.

I actually learnt on a surfboard, mainly because the twin tip had not been invented then (true) We didn't know any different it did make changing direction a chore. As soon as the TT's came along we all (4-5 of us) jumped ship.

BUT, my comments above still remain this is about wave riding and I still feel the best progression is not always the quickest and it's best to do the basics on TT first then straps in the waves and then remove them when your ready.
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PostSubject: Re: ....Ride strapless   Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:41 pm

I notice on the vids that some people ride with just the front strap. Is that a halfway measure to going strapless or is there good reason to retain one strap?
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PostSubject: Re: ....Ride strapless   Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:08 pm

Yup kind of...there is a huge advantage in being able to move your back foot right to the back of the pad when carving on a wave and the front strap helps in getting over the waves when it's big and chunky.
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