Footstrap possition for S115
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To my question:
I used to own a Xantos F2 295 (127 liters). It was old, and a year ago I bought a brand new SType 115 hoping to progress on my skills.
On the Xantos I planed early, was able to complete 100% of my tacks, and completed most of my gybes. I am however very frustrated with the s115 board. It is very slow to plane, and I don't feel the control I was promised by the sales person. Quite the contrary, I dont feel balanced on the board ever. I feel I am always fighting the board, and I am not enjoying my windsurfing.
I am 5'7", and use 7.2, 6.0, 5.5, and 5.0 sails. I sail on the sea usualy 16 to 20 knots with up to 1 m waves at 10 to 15 secs between crests, or on a large lake with 18 to 22 knots with wind waves.
The guy that set up the kit at the shop that sold me the board installed both from and back footstraps in the most forward and inside position. The back footstraps are next to each other making it difficult wiggle the toes to pull back on the back foot to go downwind.
What is the right position for the footstraps? Any other tips?
The St115 is not a wave board and the very forward position seems a little wavy. When I sail my ST115 with the straps in the inboard position (for fast manouvers) I put the rear footstrap all the way back and the front strap in the middle position. This releases the boards rocker a little and gives it plenty of speed and acceleration.
With the straps in the outside (and rear) position the board becomes a very fast and controlled freerider..
Try to experiment with the fins too. I use mine with 32 to 37 cm and even a 32 cm wave fin too. It makes a lot of difference.
hi, same position, in the rear strap i use it far back and in the front ones in the middle, all in the inner position as i like it for more freestyle than slalom. Consequently I have cutted the stock fin to 20cm... and like it. For most time freestyling than freeriding.
About your footstrap positions...also if you like more freeride-speed setup...go for outer footstrap position and use same far back in the rear position and middle in the front ones.
Then for this keep the stock fin for sails around 6.0.
I really like this board, is my favorite one, but play with it...and learn of it. I learned of it trying different positions in footstraps basicly and playing now with the fin too.
I forgot to mention:
I liked it the original setup with the stock fin with my 5.7...my first setup in the water when I tried it.
Also, for more speed and slalom keep your straps tight,....this opposed as if you prefer freestyling...
Finally, dont know what type of sail you are using, but with S-type I like medium size harness lines for freeride-slalom (not too short) and longer ones for freeride-freestyle. It feels a lot more confortable with this stance in this board.
The ST115 is not a dedicated wave board but you can have one hell of a time in the waves with it none the less, especially bouncing around.
I have my footstraps out and back (freeride/race).
16-20kts sounds perfect, depends a bit on your weight (me 80-90kg depending on the season).
hi guys, yesterday it was light wind...7-8 knots so i rigged my Severne Gator 6.5 to ride waves---1 meter height aprox with the stype 115 with fin 20cm...(cut). But was so light i decided to use it with my SUP 12´6". I was riding waves and then I gave this kit to my friend and i took the stype 115 + a paddle and went riding waves without the sail. Using a wetsuit to avoid scratches because the the deck abrasion cover. It was really fun...was on my knees paddling to get the wave...once on it, I get up and ride....
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