Strapless Water Start

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Nath
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Fri May 02, 2008 11:09 am

Learning to ride strapless at the moment as I have lost my twin tip. I am getting up and going but it is a bit hit and miss. Is there an art to a strapless water start?

I am placing my feet as flat as I can on the board but alot of the time the board will move as there is not enough pressure onthe board to keep it straight ready for the off. I am also finding it easier to ride regular than I am goofy but I guess that is the same for all regular footers at the start?

I had a fun half hour yesterday in lightish winds blasting about in flattish water before my cold / ear infection got the better of me! But if I am struggling to get the board to my feet in flattish / choppy waters, then how am I going to get on in the waves?

Advice welcomed!

Nath
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Fri May 02, 2008 12:29 pm

I do deepwater starts when I fall off my skim in chop or heavy swell and find you need the kite to be slightly pulling you when you put the your feet on the board.

Edge the kite from the side into the beginning of the band but keep it away from the real power and you will be pulled onto the board. As long as you keep your knees at approx 90 degrees and your feet flat as you’ve said you should be ok - plenty of wax and one hand holding the board as you ‘’shuffle’’ into position before being pulled onto the board.

Imagine how it feels when you’ve a wind against tide scenario and that the sort of pull you should feel when you are laying back in the water. Conversely this is harder to do when the tide is going away from you so try and stay away from that scenario if possible. Hope this helps.
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Fri May 02, 2008 2:11 pm

Cheers for the advice.

I didn't think about holding the board with one hand so I'll try that next time!

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Fri May 02, 2008 2:27 pm

when I use a skim, I just give the kite a tiny bit of power, like Hobbsurf said, to keep me pressed onto the bord until I get my feet sorted, then dive it for real.
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Fri May 02, 2008 2:45 pm

Yeah - forgot to say the juice needs to go on once you've got the board under you, but don't over cook it or you'll face plant :wink:
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Thu May 08, 2008 4:48 pm

Hobbsurf wrote:Yeah - forgot to say the juice needs to go on once you've got the board under you, but don't over cook it or you'll face plant :wink:
Or if your skimming it in shallow water put the board on the water, put your back foot gentley on the board (not to much or the board will sink just enough to hold the board still) then dive the kite while putting your first foot on the board. Its all about timing, it works for me

If i'm out deep i do the same as the guys above said.
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Thu May 08, 2008 6:33 pm

If the wind is not too light, instead of trying to get your feet up and flat on the board, sink the heelside edge a bit to give some lateral resistance and something to power the kite against. Keep your back leg bent, front leg straighter and as you lift yourself up run down wind a bit to gain control of the board.
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Fri May 09, 2008 8:20 am

Another shallow water technique is set the board pointing cross & slightly down wind, whilst you stand next to it - dive the kite and jump up onto the board landing with full power and your off 8)

Its good to practise this one with a twin (and its actually slightly harder as you have to aim your feet more).

Cheers Luke
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Fri May 09, 2008 8:43 am

Cheers for the reply guys, I put some of the advice into practice the other day and I think I am getting there 8)

I was using the hand holding the board method and it seemed to work!

Awesome feeling when you nail it! Sunny afternoon, warm wind (a bit light) but up a riding along flying over the chop and doing better on my 11 than others who where on 16's on twin tips - Surfboards Rule!

Nath

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