surfboard footstrap positions

Gybes, aerials and waveriding, put it in here!
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Silverback
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Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:34 pm

As a rule of thumb, would a heavy bloke normally have the straps further foward or back?
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Sonnyrider
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Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:59 pm

I found having the straps more forward helps stop us bigger guys stamping too hard and killing the power
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Silverback
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Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:11 am

Thanks Sonnyrider, as I suspected. I've just realised after a year that mine were set at the back settings. Just moved them so we'll see what happends.
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Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:24 am

Silverback wrote:Thanks Sonnyrider, as I suspected. I've just realised after a year that mine were set at the back settings. Just moved them so we'll see what happends.
Tim.
Have a go strapless and take note of where your feet really should be.

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Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:36 pm

Too Much Wind wrote:
Silverback wrote:Thanks Sonnyrider, as I suspected. I've just realised after a year that mine were set at the back settings. Just moved them so we'll see what happends.
Tim.
Have a go strapless and take note of where your feet really should be.

TMW
I flew my Sector 60 initially without the back strap. my back foot was just in front of the back strap. Not tried it with my surfboard, 'spect it'll be the same
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Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:12 pm

Mine are positioned in the bucket :-D
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Silverback
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Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:09 pm

Thanks everyone. I have not tried without any straps but I do find that I'm always leaning forward (weighting the front foot) which got me thinking that I should move the straps forward. I took the back strap off a while ago to help learning to gybe but I've found that when you actually get into some decent waves it would be better for me to have both straps for more control. Also, I twisted my knee recently and I think it was due to the board twisting during a fall and my front foot still being in the strap. I'm less bothered about the back strap position anyway as I tend to move my back foot about for going up wind etc. Perhaps strapless in smallish clean waves would be good but I would need to get better to go strapless if it's big or choppy.
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Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:16 pm

For bigger boards (5'10" plus) i find it best to ride most of the time with my back foot in front of the back strap, which allows you to have it far enough back to use when wave riding. If you need to get over some white water you can always slip your back foot in the strap to prevent knee/ankle twists.
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