24th August 2006, 03:56 PM
I'm a relative new-comer to waves and pure wave boards. I have difficulties getting upwind. I'used to riding a freestyle/ -wave types of boards with fins 25-30 cms. No problem upwinding those, but on a waveboard (mine's 2005 Acid80) I have problems getting upwind. Pushing the fin with the back leg causes spin-outs easily. Do I have to dig the windward rail in to water more to get some more leverage to push against with these narrower boards? My board's smallish for my 83ish kg's. I'm using 30" lines and I try to lean as much against the lines by bending the front leg, so that the harness digs into my side as I want to go upwind. My freestyleboard does so, but the Acid80 doesn't. I also understand that a waveboard is not so eager to go upwind than a wider freestyleboard, but if the pro's can do it, so should everyone else. At the moment I also push the boom down a little bit to get some pressure on to the mastfoot and I usually move my backhand more forward when going upwind. Should I try moving the straps and fin backwards a bit? Any advice on technique?