Kiting with a surfboard for first time

Gybes, aerials and waveriding, put it in here!
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mike.s
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Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:57 pm

I`m finally going to make the effort to learn how to kite with my surfboard next time i get out kiting :-)

Its 5'5"homemade retro fish shape with twin keel fins job that i built specifically for kiting with a while ago but i`ve never got round to really trying it.

I`ll be riding strapless in flat first to ge the hang of gybing and carving it etc.

Any tips!? Do you ride a surfboard flat using the fins to steer yourself upwind or on the edge like your twintip?

Cheers, Mike
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Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:52 pm

mike.s wrote:.

Any tips!? Do you ride a surfboard flat using the fins to steer yourself upwind or on the edge like your twintip?

Cheers, Mike
Hey Mike
I try to ride my retro quad as flat as possible but it is tricky with no straps. So it ends up usually a combo of both. The rum didn't last long enough unfortunately but was mighty fine all the same.

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Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:46 pm

Cheers - i`ll see how it goes - might try and get out on sunday in the flat if there`s a breeze or after work next week if not :-)

Glad the rum went down well! Drop me a text if you`re heading down north devon any time soon - haven`t been for a while and itching to get down there for a surf or kite!
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Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:45 pm

Surfboards are great for getting upwind on light wind days! You will still need to get on edge to go upwind and ride flat to gain speed. Make sure you don't put your back foot all the way to the end of the traction pads tail kick (if you use one) or you will be going nowhere.
I always ride with my back foot quite far up the board, mostly off of the traction pad and get back on it once riding a wave or knee high ripple. ; )
Gybing is all about practice, visit iksurfmag.com technique section for real time video and step by step instruction, they have a variety of gybes and tacking tutorials, obviously use the simple gybe and progress from there.

We are visiting Croyde on the 18th for a week, maybe see you on or in the water?

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Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:26 am

Cheers - i`l take a look at the videos tonight - not sure i`ll be up in croyde that week as in work, but off for a long weekend on the 21st down to gwithian for kite/surf/camp - not sure i`ll be quite ready for taking the surfboard out there strapless just yet though - might stick to the twintip that weekend!
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Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:19 pm

Don't ride the TT, leave it at home for at least 6 sessions and you'll be fine. If you take it you'll always default to it.

I have been riding totally strapless for 4 yrs now, regardless of wave size, chop or wind strength and wouldn't return to straps unless I was on massive waves ( unlikely where I ride!).

My tips, ride with your whole foot, not just your heels, be light on your feet, use the kite to carry your weight when switching feet, don't hesitate when switching, experiment with foot position and stance width when riding. When going upwind my feet are pretty far forward, wide apart in chop, back foot on the pad when powered, riding waves etc.

Keep the straps off and you'll progress quickly.

Mike

P.S make or buy a sliding spreader.
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Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:22 am

You know, i`m a complete copout and you`re completely right - i went kiting yesterday afternoon for about 3 hours - i took the surfboard, but i keep my twintip in the van anyway. I had all good intention of using the surfboard and maybe have a go towards the end for jumps,etc with the twintip.

Guess what, i thought, mmmm... looks a bit choppy and busy - and just took the twintip out ! Had a great time - downloop transistioning on every tack pretty much which was good fun (especially nearly taking the head off a friend a one point) - but i didn`t take the surfboard out!!

Next time, i will make the effort! I`ll probably still be using the twintip predominantly as for our seafront to work with some waves, it has be blowing south to eastlie and it tends to blow more westerlie here, but with the autumn winter coming, more eastlies, i`d like to take the surfboard out on the front if poss (with some more confidence!)

Thanks for the tips though - i guess a sliding spreader is to make toeside easier? my harness tends to twist round my waist which is a bit annoying when you swithc back round as its lop sided and i have to pull it manually round - sounds like a good idea though.
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Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:39 am

mike dubs wrote:Don't ride the TT, leave it at home for at least 6 sessions and you'll be fine. If you take it you'll always default to it.
Infact lock it up in a cupboard and post the key to Grant.

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Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:49 am

Grant taught me how to vacuum form a surboard , so would be horrified if he knew that i`d hardly used the one i made!
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I had my 1st go on a strapless board at Rhossy last week, and must say, I've a new found respect for the guys and girls that make it look so easy. I found it damn difficult! Even just getting up on the thing was trickier than expected, then once up I could ride it ok, until going over the waves, when the board would be all over the place - and as for trying to gybe and tack it, well... Lol - didn't even get close to any kind of a foot change - mighty tricky. Much more technical then I expected!
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Dragnfly wrote:I had my 1st go on a strapless board at Rhossy last week, and must say, I've a new found respect for the guys and girls that make it look so easy. I found it damn difficult! Even just getting up on the thing was trickier than expected, then once up I could ride it ok, until going over the waves, when the board would be all over the place - and as for trying to gybe and tack it, well... Lol - didn't even get close to any kind of a foot change - mighty tricky. Much more technical then I expected!
What board did you use for your first trip strapless?

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Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:20 pm

I think it was a circle one 5'8.
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Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:58 pm

I tried one for the first time last weekend. I was struggling a bit with my sector and traded with a mate for his surfboard. Took off strapless like a breeze compared to getting the sector dialed in. I could get from heelside to toeside but couldn't make the foot switch. I always ended up taking too much time and getting both my feet forward before falling off the board. haha. Now I want a surfboard badly.

Probably was easier for me was I was just in some small chop. Had I been out in the waves I probably would have swam the board around a lot.
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