Boosting jumps on strapped surfboards

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jbob
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Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:59 pm

I am riding a 5'6" RRD Waveoff that is strapped.
But, I never use the rear strap because it is so far back that if I shove my foot in it, the tail sinks, the nose points to the sky, and the board is stalling.

I realise that the rear strap is right back over the fins for riding waves, and that most of the time I won't be using the rear strap.
But, I see the pictures of Mr Naish, and Reo Stevens etc boosting huge jumps, strapped to surfboards. I was wandering how they are able to ride around with both feet in the straps in order to do the big jumps, without having the same problem that I am having.

Anyone else finding the same thing as me, or are you guys able to ride around with your feet in both straps all the time?
Maybe the rear strap on my board is just further back than most?....

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james
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Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:31 pm

their straps are in the right place....

sorry couldnt resist.

to be honest how far apart are the straps on the board if the front strap is a long way forward it will make the rear strap feel even further away and the only way to reach it will be to unweight the front foot putting all the weight on the back and sinking the tail unless stupidly powered, try moving the front strap back a touch and seeing how that helps. i wouldn't have said that the rrd positions are that far back to be honest in comparison to some boards out there so move the front back two options and see how that works for you.
jbob
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Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:50 am

OK, thanks James I will give that a try.

I have a bigger surfboard that I ride strapless in lighter winds as well, I just wanted to try the smaller board fully-strapped and get some air.
I still miss the twin-tip style jumps sometimes.
As Naish says himself, 'one board to do everything' and in his case it is a strapped surfboard.
It's not that easy though is it?!
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alunj
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Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:42 pm

Hi
I dont have a problem riding in both straps but maybe thats years of windsurfing .
I generally get front in , up on plane then drop the back in once I have speed. You still need to get a bunch of front foot pressure to stop the tail from
sinking and the nose heading skywards ! I also ride the board quite flat and drive off the fins rather than the edge.

I found spending some time on a skim helped with a feel for what the board is doing , jumping back on the 5'10 it felt real easy and things just clicked.
Superman
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Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:12 pm

You still need to get a bunch of front foot pressure to stop the tail from
sinking and the nose heading skywards !
Doesn't sound like a good board if you are noticeably having to do this

I would say I generally have equal pressure on back and front feet when riding surf boards (maybe a touch more on front foot but only a smidgen).

Luke
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