Water start advice

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Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:31 pm

I have just started to use my 5' 3" S Quad after a few months of it sitting in my garage I thought I would give it a go today. I've seen some riders start with the board facing the beach then as they dive the kite switch round to riding toeside. Is there any benefit from this, or is it just down to personal preferences?

I tried a couple of jibes but didn't quite pull them off and rode unhooked for the first time ever, well stoked.
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Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:09 pm

If you are not able to Gybe, and wind is from wrong side, I think starting this way is cooler than riding out heelside, getting off board and switching feet. You may find it a bit difficult riding out from the beach toeside at first if there is a big shore dump, but you should soon get the hang of it.
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Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:23 pm

That'll work - also try the shallow water jumping start

To begin with put the board in the drink pointing downwind (with'a little bit of cross) and stand next to it, dive the kite as per normal BUT jump onto your board at the same time - and your off :-D

Things to avoid - putting the board too shallow cos the fins catch and u faceplant :oops:

is it easy? - yes but you will face plant a few times to get it sorted - then many more times in the future when you put the board too shallow

Why bother? - why not, avoids getting wet for a while longer - feels cool & you can do the same thing with your TT (which is harder cosa the straps)

Things to work on - that running start thing you see Hadlow do with a TT
- toe side jumping start - never tried this one myself - might give it a go!
- starting with the board backward and riding on the nose (u can do this from shallower water as u lift the fins up - which are now at the front)

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Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:24 pm

One of the issues I have is that I kite at a small beach close to a river, my concern is loosing too much ground and getting into the river, which I don't want to do. I've made an effort not to take my twin tip to the beach and have been loving it. I think I have regained some of the stoke I had in my earlier days :-D
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