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Foil board: footstraps, no footstraps, half straps?

 
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starik333



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:34 pm    Post subject: Foil board: footstraps, no footstraps, half straps? Reply with quote

Racers and freestylers obviously need footstraps on foilboard, but for freeride do we need them? I have seen guys (including pros) foil great without them. I had already at least 3 occasions when my foot stock in footstrap after crash. I guess I'm been lucky so far not braking any bones. Anybody can share opinion on half straps? Does they make sense? ... or I better switch to strapless foiling?
I use Fanatic Falcon 136 as a foil board.

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dllee



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your personal choice.
I've been slung over the front hooked in at almost windsurf speeds at least 6 times, cartwheeling my board over my body and head. No problems.
OTOH, I've sailed Backyards 50+ days, so straps are fine by me.
Either way, if you enjoy it and it works, use it.
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grantmac017



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not required with surfy foils on wider boards with small sails. Remove any of those variables and I want at least fronts, wouldn't touch half straps.
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coachg



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not used the half straps & have little interest. As for using straps I find it greatly depends on the setup. On the freeride foils I have used-Naish, Slingshot & Fanatic-I find the fronts to help pump the board & have used the front straps since day one. On the Flyer I used no straps as I had to move all over the board to set trim.

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isobars



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tutorials', instructional videos', schools', and self-proclaimed experts' recommendations are all over the map on the issue. Define your own criteria, experiment, and evolve with your skill level.

I'm none of the above, but one thing I did was use LONG, WIDE, TALL straps to give me real time safety and control options. Even with booties I had quite a bit of choice moment-to-moment whether to USE the straps actively or just to get my feet roughly where they probably should be. My first criterion is usually "First, do no harm". i.e., my most important objective is minimizing the risk of unnecessary season-ending or crippling soft-tissue injuries.
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NOVAAN



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Several of the guys here tried half straps. Nobody really liked them. Some of the better foilers are using front straps only. I didn't use any straps for the first year and a half. Now that I use a board with an adjustable foil track, I'm
able to set the balance so I'm very comfy in both straps. Seems like I made better turns strapless. Easier to move the feet as needed..
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LUCARO



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use em (inboard front and center back) but as Iso said they are very loose.
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Gwarn



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To each his own


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