First time on a surfboard

Gybes, aerials and waveriding, put it in here!
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Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:28 am

Finally plucked up courage to get the surfboard out after fitting some straps first as extra security. Got to say I was pleasantly surprised. Got up first go and found riding it so much nicer than the TT. I love the way you can just glide over the top of white water. Just awesome and carving? oh yes!! Lurvly! Ok I can't gybe for toffee but I got riding toeside and almost nailed one gybe. Think I might have been a bit premature with the straps though. Not sure you need them and probably makes the gybe easier. Loved it though. Really different session. I did manage to snap and lose two fins and lost a foot strap screw by the end though. Ouch.

How do you know when to strap or not to strap? Is it worth even bothering? I'm not sure I really needed them in the end. It's just like a bit of a security blanket.

Good sesh though. Lovin the surfboard. Did some great 'old lady' style falls off the back whilst trying to gybe. You know that sort of straight-legged, arse-in-the-air type of fall. Great fun. Can't believe in all my time on the water I've never had a go. It's worth a go.
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Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:54 pm

I've recently started to have a go with a surfboard too. I've not been kiting long but I'll give you my two pence worth.

I went out under powered on my twin tip one session. Couldn't get upwind! My friend lent me his strapped surfboard. It was ridiculous the amount of fun I had on it. I was considerably getting up wind where I couldn't hold ground on my Monk!

I brought a 5"6 NSP fish. It's a surfboard so it's strapless. I love it. Board starts where a bit tricky without straps but didn't take long to sort my footing and kite placement to get it right. I had my fourth session on Sunday, it was the first powered session I've had on it. Pulled all basic gybes. My regular gybes are a bit sketchy but all on my goofy foot are sorted. The satisfaction I've got out of pulling a gybe is crazy. It's equal to my first k loop! Learning from mistakes with foot placement is awesome!

I'm with you on the strapped theory. I don't see the need. Not for what I'm doing anyway. I like the freedom on my strapless and not being regulated to where I have to put my feet.

Session before that I was on my Monk, wind dropped so went on the surfboard, had loads of fun, wind picked up so back on my Monk! I was considering getting a light wind specific kite but I'm not going to bother now. 12/13 knots 12m and surfboard is a good ride :mrgreen:

I also got them old lady style falls dialled!!
JohnM
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Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:16 am

good for you - always fun to mix things up :-)

definitely easier to learn to gybe without straps - try changing your feet before the turn / or after the turn and see which you find easier :wink:

ideally learn on flat water to get your technique sorted - once you've got that dialled, take it out in the lumpy stuff - soooo much fun timing a gybe on a decent wave :mrgreen:
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Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:42 am

The big mistake I made was trying to gybe with only half an idea of how to do it. I was bringing my back foot up and then trying to carve it round with both feet together. Hence the falls off the back of the board. Of course I've now picked the wrong time of year to be spending copious amounts of time IN the water. Duh!
JohnM
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Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:13 pm

you'll soon get the hang of it :wink:

not a bad idea to use your surfboard more in the winter - rock hard trying to do freestyle tricks with gloves on :mrgreen:
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