Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:51 pm Posts: 1894
Location: Madison, wi
Learning to ride on MHL Lift foil boards or any foil boards for that matter takes time and determination. Here's a video of 2 good sessions after things finally came together and I was able to foil above the water for long periods of time instead of the dreaded kangarooing rides. Once it comes together, things really make sense and I've been taking a lot of notes from the beginning to help anyone else who is interested in learning.
I already have a short lesson plan put together to help new riders get going with greater success.
The ride is hard to explain, but it's completely insane how cool it can be once riding on the foils. I've been able to test super low end ranges of riding. There were a couple of sessions where I wouldn't even have a lot of fun on a Blade, Cabrinha or Slingshot 17m kite, but had my 10m Slingshot Rally 2015 kite and ripping upwind. 5-12 mph winds. In the lower winds, just getting on the plane is hard, and takes experience, but once up, it's go time. In gusts to 12 or 13, you can point and shoot upwind like a rocket. Then, learning to foil back downwind is a completely different learning experience.
If you are OK with being humbled, try it. If you are OK with crashing and looking like a fool, try it. If you are OK with having to really think through where to ride, how to get to deep water, etc. try it. If you are OK with looking at green winds on I-kitesurf and now being stoked about it, try it.
Thanks to Jake Chanson for letting me ride the white sled for the first month or so.
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