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isobars



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a bit more to it than that. Even though we're crashing back to Earth regardless, we can still spread that crash over an extra couple of tenths of seconds ... long enough to reattach the fin to the water ... by very deliberately inserting the fin into the water before our weight hits instead of waiting for gravity to do it for as our weight hits. The farther our legs are extended, the greater the time over which we can spread the impact and give the fin time to reattach. This also reduces the maximum lateral force on the fin as we land and the max force on the hull, especially in a flat landing.

Done right, this allows us to jump quite high while pointing as close to the wind as we can at high speed, then land on a full, fast plane still pointing and moving as high as we were before the jump. The only ground we thus lose is the sideslip we experience while airborne; we lose no more ground due to having to point the board off the wind to avoid spinout then steer back upwind. When we're trying to go someplace upwind, this matters, as one of several things we can do to hasten our progress upwind without sacrificing fun in the process.
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gregnw44



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys... thanks... all great tips... but that's not what I asked about Smile
Look at my post... 8 (?) posts ago.
All I asked about was the "lifting the leeward rail" thing. (And, see what I high-lighted?)
Two people mentioned this, as important to do, when recovering from a cavitation. Anyway, I won't repeat what I said and bore you... but it's there. About lifting toes, etc. And my question Smile
Nobody really addressed that. As I said, I've done this sport a long time and I totally know how to recover from a spin-out. But, I like to learn new things, or, to be more efficient. And I wasn't aware of the lift leeward to recover thing. So, I'm asking... how do you do that.
(Actually, I asked it better the first time.)
Thanks,
Greg Smile
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