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Getting up on Low Vol. Boards
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:10 pm    Post subject: RE: Getting up on Low Vol. Boards Reply with quote

Im wearing a 25-pound flotation PFD plus an inflated Goretex bag dry suit, standing on my head, facing away from my board, with my knees and back forming a half-circle so my feet cme right down onto the deck.

Wink

ACKSUALLY, the board is rolled a bit, the tail is down a bit, and my knee is WAY bent to get that foot at least partly in its strap. If that combo doesnt quite cut it, I roll my strapped foot forward as required for comfort. The strapped foot doesnt need to be firmly in the strap, merely engaged enough to control the board.

On the very rare occasions I start with both feet in their straps, theres so much freaking wind it doesnt matter that the board may be way up on its rail and the tail is way down, cause the instant I expose any sail to the wind Im planing or catapulting. Wink Then once really accustomed to waterstarting boards this size, I may just leave both feet in their straps during a crash or while relaxing in the water during a brief lull, then pop back upright when the wind resumes seconds later. Once you get used to it, it really is just literally a pop to go from neck-deep to standing upright, so having that back foot in its strap is a very useful control element.

Mike \m/
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