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eric b 125 9th April 2010 09:45 PM

first time out on new board
when i left the house it was blowing a steady 12-13 knots, but when i got to the lake about an hour later it was twice that. thats pretty uncommon for pittsburgh, and i'm not exactly equipped or experienced for that kind of wind. i rigged my smallest sail, a 6,5 and went out a few times during the lulls. i was able to beach start and uphaul on a futura 144, but its a steep learning curve going to that board from a monster fanatic ultra cat. the futura is much more responsive and i was squirrelly pretty much constantly. anybody have any tips when going from a long board to a short board?

agrelon 9th April 2010 10:52 PM

Bend your back leg almost all the time you have power in the sail. First thing I noticed when I went from a longboard to a short board was that I couldn't bear off. On a long board you can get away with putting quite a bit of pressure on the back foot, but on a short board you have to be more careful.

Ken 10th April 2010 03:01 AM

A 6.5 in 20-25 knots for somone just learning to "shortboard" will be difficult to handle. I don't know how much you weigh, but if you are around 80-85 kg, the 144 with a 6.5 will work best in the 15-20 knot range until you learn how to control the board.

The 144 should be a very good transition board, just practice in a little less wind.

eric b 125 11th April 2010 10:25 PM

i whole-heartedly agree that the conditions werent conducive to learning. i also have to admit that i should have spent more time on the shore, making adjustments to my harness lines and foot straps to accomodate my boots.

agrelon: i definately noticed that the nose of my board had a tendency to turn upwind, and alot of the steering was done with my front foot.

i guess i'm just concerned that i may have gone too small with the 144. but if i can uphaul it, then i guess the rest is a matter of foot placement and technique. hopefully on tuesday or wednesday this week i'll have a chance to get out and practice in some lighter wind. when doing beach starts, do i step up with my back foot first or front foot?

WILDWINDSCA 11th April 2010 11:07 PM

Weh beach starting , front foot is easier , but you can do both .
but front foot helps from a tendecy to be heading/ rounding up immedialtey by putting force on more to the front of the board.
BUt Front foot can also lead to a catapult if your not carefull.

I using the back foot for heavy heavy winds ( ie 4.5 condtions ) and even put it in the strap, to keep me in control and from a catapult back.
Also beachstarting with the back foot trains you to do the WATERSTART POSITION

Chris Pressler 12th April 2010 03:16 AM

Hi guys,
would recommend to beachstart with the back foot firts. Just if itīs shallow and you want to avoid touching the ground with fin, you can do it with the front foot first.

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