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Re: Downwind riding techniques
« Reply #45 on: August 01, 2020, 09:24:02 AM »
Yes Thatspec, that was me the other day.  I was inspired by watching you riding down wind that day.   I would be interested in a big group DWer

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Re: Downwind riding techniques
« Reply #46 on: August 01, 2020, 10:00:06 PM »
Next week looks kind of skanky, which is weird for this time of year. Light and gusty. I'm going to set up for solo shuttling with my eBike. I have to take all this COVID shit seriously since my wife has type 1 diabetes. She points out that I'm theoretically at greater risk than her given my age, but I'm invulnerable.
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Re: Downwind riding techniques
« Reply #47 on: August 02, 2020, 02:16:08 AM »
Next week looks kind of skanky, which is weird for this time of year. Light and gusty.

I think you read the forecast for Montana :).  We have 4 days of steady 20's coming with a possible nuker on Thursday. 

For the downwinding/one handing, I am pretty stoked with the progress.  I realized that my biggest problem was trying to force it where it didn't belong and make it happen with pumping alone.  When I focused on one-handing when I was already angled in and already gliding on a decent swell it clicked.  Yesterday was really goofy wind but there were fun, organized and lined up swell in the channel.  I got gliding on a few, dropped the wing and rode angled in for a long while and got the wing back in hand.  A few really good explosions as well  when I let it go too straight down the face :)
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Re: Downwind riding techniques
« Reply #48 on: August 02, 2020, 08:35:07 AM »
Yeah, the biggest problem with the transition from wing power to swell power is overfoiling and a huge explosion since I'm going fast, on a long mast, that just popped out on top of a waist-high swell. Like falling off a ladder. Not what I expected even after doing the same thing in Maui waves and swell. The amount of lift and power on a swell face is always more than I expect. When I come over the top of a swell and concentrate on getting to the leading edge handle I faceplant every time. I have to either look for a low spot in the swell or get over the top and on the face and settle down (stop screaming!) before I do the transition. I'm sure we can get to the current Chris Anderson level with practice, though of course by that time he'll be off to the new CA level.
« Last Edit: August 02, 2020, 08:37:47 AM by PonoBill »
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