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getting on the board

Postby bageler » Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:57 am

So like the thread topic says, I'm an old hand at kiting and just want to get on a board! I've been flying stunt kites for about 20 years (since I could hold the handles on my dad's kite) and have progressed to 4 line and power kites as technology progressed. For the past few years I've been jumping on land...but I'm sick of having to walk my kite back upwind every few jumps. So I can fly my kite blindfolded and with one hand tied behind my back, but I'd like some pointers on the boarding. Is there anyone around here that can help me out? All the "proper" places that give lessons emphasize on kite control, which isn't an issue for me. Anyone have any tips for me, or can point me to someone that will give me the instruction I need without making me waste money on re-learning the basics of kite flying?
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Postby Bob » Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:48 am

Getting up on the board is a matter of balancing the power stroke of the kite to your weight and the conditions. Added to that is the amount you are edging your board and the downwind angle of the board.

Simply stated if you feel like you are not getting up and out of the water send the kite harder and edge the board less. If you feel like you are about to be slung forward over the tip of your board edge harder and stop the motion of the kite.

It helps to be square and balanced in the water and as you send the kite stomp on your rear heelside foot. Then just standup lean back and relax (sort of) :)
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Postby zigx » Mon Mar 28, 2005 3:15 pm

nice post bob. thanks.
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Postby OliverG » Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:45 pm

Bob's explained it very well and simply. Well done!
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Postby jjm » Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:05 pm

When I started wake boarding I would keep the board under me pointing slightly in the direction i wanted to go and plane out, then rotate the board. Then it became a more fluid pop out of the water (could be the switch from a seadoo to a boat too!)

Can anyone compare the technique to getting up on a kiteboard? Is it similar, but on a different axis, or completely different?

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Postby OliverG » Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:32 pm

Josh, pretty much the same thing, you'll find that your wake experience will transfer over well, getting you up on the board and planing easily. Then you just need to control that kite!
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Postby jjm » Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:38 pm

Right on, I guess I will know for sure next Wednesday.

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Postby bhsu24 » Mon Apr 04, 2005 1:08 pm

Bob wrote:Getting up on the board is a matter of balancing the power stroke of the kite to your weight and the conditions. Added to that is the amount you are edging your board and the downwind angle of the board.

Simply stated if you feel like you are not getting up and out of the water send the kite harder and edge the board less. If you feel like you are about to be slung forward over the tip of your board edge harder and stop the motion of the kite.

It helps to be square and balanced in the water and as you send the kite stomp on your rear heelside foot. Then just standup lean back and relax (sort of) :)


Im a 190# with a 15m kite and a 142 board is this board too small for and average day at alameda or do i need to wait untill the wind is blowing hard for it to get me up on this size board?
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