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techno900



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure how much this helps, but it seems to extend my sessions. Take a 10 min. break after no more than 30 mins on the water to relax my body, get the blood flowing to all the important parts, then head back out. A warm up if you wish.

I do two weight workouts a week and many of the exercises stress the forearms to keep them in shape.

If my harness lines aren't perfectly balanced on the first run out and back, I stop and set them right. I also hook in immediately when I step up or water start my board, before feet are in the straps and planing. I have been doing it long enough so I never get pulled over the front.
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manuel



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a pretty tough session yesterday. Lots of slogging over current. My sail felt quite heavy. Gusty conditions where we barely plane in the gusts will make everything feel heavier. Also a big factor is how far up on the water the board sits. The lower draggier smaller volume with demand more drive to move forward. While a larger near the surface bigger volume will be eager to plane with little forward thrust.

So I'd say more downhaul (lighter feel), bigger board (faster plane).

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isobars



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

manuel wrote:
So I'd say more downhaul (lighter feel), bigger board (faster plane).

Yep. Plus bigger (more area) fin, longer chord of the fin where it meets the board, bigger sail, less outhaul, longer base to the fin where it meets the board (such as a freestyle fin), wider board, flatter (less V and/or less rocker in the hull), mast foot and/or your weight bias* further forward, and more.

* I mount my footstraps as far apart longitudinally as I can so weight bias changes require only a slight and unconscious cg/hip shift rather than big shifts in leg loading. If that's not good enough and gusts are too rare to use them, I may slip my front foot out of its strap and place it closer to the mast. If really desperate on a sinker, like when struggling back to shore to rig bigger, I may set that front foot in front of the mast ... whatever it takes to get the board more level. The back foot, of course, stays in its strap as I approach shore and its big, sudden gusts. I want to USE those gusts, not get jerked off my feet by them, as they take me downwind if I'm in the water.

And, to a point, I may hook in to relieve my arms if I planing gusts are common. Near shore, however, the wind may be 5 with instantaneous and invisible (no telltale ripples) gusts into the 20s or even 30s as it rolls over shoreline obstacles. In that extreme, I'll be on a sinker and sitting on my aft heel so said gusts can't pull me over the front as I try to accelerate onto a plane. (That helped immensely even on longboards at my beginner/intermediate stage 40 years ago, and it still works on the much smaller boards I use now.)
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