I decided to have a go strapless on my S-Quad. Getting going was initially a bit of a challenge, but I soon figured out that putting a bit of pressure on the board rail with both feet - and the board pointing across the wind - was the way to pull up and get going,
Its a whole different feeling, and a nice one. Popping off a wave make it quite likely you will come off the board, and it seems to dance around a lot more. It feels much more like surfing. Gybing felt suprisingly difficult too for some reason, but riding toeside was definitely easier.
I headed out the back and was negotiating some quite big swells. I then accidentally released my safety during a stack so the kite hit the water and I couldn't reset the chicken loop so it was carted into shore by the surf. I secured it, then carried it back to the car park.
Franz said he thought it was easier in the bay surf/chop to use footstraps, but I was quite happy to have completed my first reasonable session riding strapless. Yet another progression in this wonderful sport.
Overall, a great session, sans technologie!