The wind was stronger than I wanted - over 20 knots. I was able to get out past the lineup of learners at St Kilda.
The increase in speed is incredible, I wasn't able to slow it down and feel stable. The forward balance to control the height is incredibly sensitive.
Out past the shelter of the breakwater the swell was more difficult to manage. I wasn't able to get going on the right tack. The board was very hard to get in position with the wind pushing me towards shore. I gave up trying and body dragged back to shore with the board flat on the water upwind of my body which was easy.
Then the walk of shame back to me gear, a rank beginner again but feeling happy to make some progress without incident or injury!
What I learnt this session:
- Strong wind and swell make learning to foil difficult - I think 15 knots would be better due to less swell.
- Practising body dragging with the board is good
- Small progressions are good
- Get more stable when on the foil out of the water
- Turn (gybe) and ride toeside to get going in the opposite direction
- Hopefully hold ground and go upwind to flat water behind the breakwater, then its game on!
- Board: T38 carbon, red, 3.3kg - hole mount
- Front wing: 633 kite / surf - good stability and support at slower speeds but still goes fast
- Rear stabiliser: 483 - used wave wing s giving a bit more "loose" feeling and shortening turn radius.
- Mast: M91 - good height for bigger bay waves and swell.
More tips and information on kite foiling see Kitesurfing a foil board - Kitesurfing Handbook