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Re: Wing foil sessions - beginner
« Reply #135 on: September 12, 2021, 09:47:27 AM »
After a short shake of my faith and a head reset Iíve had two good sessions. Still no jibe but the Alan Cadiz videos have me trying things and progressing around that.

Gong Curve XL is a damn fine intermediate wing. Iíve decided to ride it in all conditions until I have jibes. Itís fast enough, smooth and controllable and I can ride fully powered on a 3.5m and not breach. No need to introduce variables right now. Adding another fuse and setting up my 1450 for surf foil.

Swell riding in short bursts, super fun. Foot switches from switch to toe side (in prep for a toeside to heelside jibe) and also yesterdayís light wind session really had me feeling confident riding the foil in chop and managing direction and pitch. (Under 17-18 is now light whereas it once was my standard so thatís progress too.)

On the way back to shore (switch stance) I was way upwind so I surfed swell and ran downwind a bit switch. Crazy feeling but very doable.

The big thing I that I flagged the wing and pumped for probably 75-100 feet. This is a big deal as one of my hopes is that Iíll build skills on wing that transfer to the surf. So for the next few sessions swell surfing and pumping are a focus. Iím pretty sure that both will make transitions possible eventually. And even without strong transitions these skills will make downwinders (with the local B team) possible. Though I will remain forever ďunder reviewĒ with Hdip for my lake propensity.

Winging is fun. If you live near a lake or river and the wind hits 15mph even a couple of times a month, buy a 6m wing and get into it. Itís a blast.
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Re: Wing foil sessions - beginner
« Reply #136 on: September 12, 2021, 11:31:11 AM »
After a short shake of my faith and a head reset Iíve had two good sessions. Still no jibe but the Alan Cadiz videos have me trying things and progressing around that.

Gong Curve XL is a damn fine intermediate wing. Iíve decided to ride it in all conditions until I have jibes. Itís fast enough, smooth and controllable and I can ride fully powered on a 3.5m and not breach. No need to introduce variables right now. Adding another fuse and setting up my 1450 for surf foil.

Swell riding in short bursts, super fun. Foot switches from switch to toe side (in prep for a toeside to heelside jibe) and also yesterdayís light wind session really had me feeling confident riding the foil in chop and managing direction and pitch. (Under 17-18 is now light whereas it once was my standard so thatís progress too.)

On the way back to shore (switch stance) I was way upwind so I surfed swell and ran downwind a bit switch. Crazy feeling but very doable.

The big thing I that I flagged the wing and pumped for probably 75-100 feet. This is a big deal as one of my hopes is that Iíll build skills on wing that transfer to the surf. So for the next few sessions swell surfing and pumping are a focus. Iím pretty sure that both will make transitions possible eventually. And even without strong transitions these skills will make downwinders (with the local B team) possible. Though I will remain forever ďunder reviewĒ with Hdip for my lake propensity.

Winging is fun. If you live near a lake or river and the wind hits 15mph even a couple of times a month, buy a 6m wing and get into it. Itís a blast.

If you're able to pump down wind, just do the same to get the jibe. It's all about the foil. Grabbing the wing too soon is the issue for beginners attempting the jibe. The wing will give push back that you will not notice and it'll slow the foil enough for it to stall and drop.

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Re: Wing foil sessions - beginner
« Reply #137 on: September 13, 2021, 07:03:14 AM »
My "big breakthrough" for switchfoot jibes is: Forget about the wing. I've been flagging the wing out and riding swells in both directions for about a month. How that didn't translate into easy jibes I have to put down to pure foot stubbornness--my feet didn't want to switch while I'm going downwind, and I'm still not doing toeside stuff. The geezer brain resists change. It's well and truly all in my head. I headed straight downwind with the wing flagged, surfing a nice swell. Switched feet and sailed out of it. A jibe without jibing. Whoda thunk it! After I did one I did twenty without a hitch, then fell on the foot switch five times in a row. I did three more successfully and then quit. Hopefully, this is now planted in my brain. Hopefully, hopefully. Gonna be pissed if it isn't.
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Re: Wing foil sessions - beginner
« Reply #138 on: September 13, 2021, 02:41:18 PM »
do the same for toe side. turn downwind, surf the foil, slowly turn and add wing power. boom you're going toeside.

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« Reply #139 on: September 13, 2021, 05:11:10 PM »
Now all I've got to do is convince my geezer brain of that.
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Re: Wing foil sessions - beginner
« Reply #140 on: September 13, 2021, 07:40:58 PM »
This drift til you get it thing is what Iím working on. Crank up wind, drift and surf. Rinse, repeat.

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« Reply #141 on: September 26, 2021, 07:33:28 AM »
3 successful jibes yesterday, finally. My watch didnít count them fully, or so I tell myself lol but I sheeted in and continued until I fell toeside. Not more than 50 more feet but enough that I was able to feel powered before I came down. Also, when I did touchdown sometimes, I was able to switch feet and just go so I didnít lose ground.

I also got 2 touchdown foot swaps on the other reach which opens me up soon to the other jibe direction.

Iím 1 year in almost to the day and this has allowed me to see that Iíll get this sport enough to say ďI do thisĒ lol

The little S-turns are getting to be 90į with enough power that they feel really good too. This opened up little short wind chop rides which probably led to the jibe. Iím excited to get a wave prone again now and see how that feels after dozens of these runs.

Following my, ďimpossible, then wonky, then got itĒ feel method, toeside is now just ďwonkyĒ which means 3-5 sessions til itís comfortable.

In an interesting development,  Iím now starting to do those S-turns switch (as is my buddy whoís also goofy.) I feel confident that we will be able to surf swell switch soon which should make downwinders much safer as we could cover ground at speed either direction.

For those of you struggling with the jibe, turn while mowing the lawn. Itíll get you there. A choppy lake remains a great testing ground.

LA growth scorecard. 10 wingers yesterday 3 of them female with two other younger women learning to efoil. 2 families with young kids were there. Could we finally be breaking the old white man barrier?!

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Re: Wing foil sessions - beginner
« Reply #142 on: September 26, 2021, 05:14:11 PM »
The biggest downwind transition/breakthrough is flagging your wing, holding it by the front handle, and keeping it down by your waist. the first time you do it it feels like you just mastered a trick. After that, it's just how you go downwind. Mucho extremely easy.
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« Reply #143 on: September 26, 2021, 06:01:21 PM »
Iíve done it a couple of times learning to pump. Now that I can run upwind fast Iíll try it downwind next session.

Iím hitting the point where every session has fun stuff to try. Any of you struggling, hang in there.

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Re: Wing foil sessions - beginner
« Reply #144 on: September 27, 2021, 05:15:12 PM »
Thanks for the tips PonoBill and Surfcowboy! 6 months since I started this journey. Still learning to gybe. Got around once and it felt so strange to be switch foot just before I stalled and crashed. So much fun learning something new!

 


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