I was able to get foiling on both tacks - a magic carpet ride!
Ivan tips were:
- Keep the kite high
- Get some speed to stabilise the foil
The mast climbed high on some occasions - 90cm is a long way above the water - and it wasn't always easy to get it back down. The foil broached a couple of times then the board came down fast, dug in and and I came off.
Getting the balance right is difficult - this requires significant practice.
What I learnt this session:
- Wind speed 15 knots with my 10m kite was good, the water was fairly flat.
- Foils are FAST. Keep the kite high to slow the speed down.
- My waist harness was riding up a lot.
- Practice micro flights to get comfortable with rising and slowing
- Focus on keeping the kite high
- Put my free hand forward to help shift weight forward
- Possibly use my old seat harness
- Possible remove the rear footstrap to make it easier to shift my rear foot forward
- Turn (gybe) with the board on the water then ride toeside to get going in the opposite direction
- Turn heelside with board on the water
More tips and information on kite foiling see Kitesurfing a foil board - Kitesurfing Handbook