Waterstarts 17 minutes

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You’ve got to get up on the board and the technique is very similar to what we are used with our twintips but here is where you will first realise that a little weight in the wrong place can have alarming results! Change your technique in a few fundamental ways and we’ll have you up and on the board ready for your first runs.

Overview

Waterstarts are something all kiteboarders are all well accustomed too but when you are new to foiling, it can be a shock that something we take for granted can once again cause us a such a headache. But it doesn’t have to be if you understand a few simple techniques that will make everything far easier.

You need to focus on one thing - keeping the board on the water through out, with the whole foil under the water.

Here you will still experience the lift from the foil but it’s your task to ensure you keep it under control and under the water.

Even once you’ve learnt the skills needed to ride up on the foil, you’ll still waterstart, get your weight balance before popping up. Waterstarting straight onto the foil is possible but don’t waste time on it early on when there are more important skills to master.

So there are three areas you need to focus on:

  • Getting yourself and the board into the correct position

  • Getting up, keeping the board & foil in control

  • Riding along with the foil under the water for now

In this video will be focusing on the fundamental techniques when you ride with straps - this definitely makes it easier to keep the board in position and gives you more time to think about the various stages.

Check out the Progression Strapless Waterstart video for additional tips that will help when you feel ready to lose your straps

Rider: Danny Morrice

Location: Lefkada, Greece

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Chapters

Introduction
0:00
First Run Through
1:53
Key Elements: Foil, Board and Legs
Introduction
4:12
Getting into position
4:16
After the water start - Body & Board
5:43
Back to the waterstart
6:54
Board Direction
7:45
Summary
8:24
Key Elements: Kite and Bar
Introduction
8:59
Kite high to get into position
9:03
Moderate kite power
9:21
Sheet out to balance
10:22
Summary
11:01
Common Mistakes
Introduction
11:25
Can’t get your feet into the straps, pull over the board
11:29
Board's nose drifts too far downwind
12:42
Get up and pulled over the front of the board
13:29
Get up and the foil launches out of the water
14:29
Board bears off downwind, foil then launches out of the water
15:33
What’s Next
16:49