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gregnw44



Joined: 23 Jul 2008
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jingebritsen wrote:
not getting to the back strap is actually from having the boom too low? how is that true? not seeing is all about guessing, but most people that can't feel comfortable in the back strap and front only usually can't sheet home. as the mast is raked back, the boom lowers relative to the sailor as one moves back. if the boom is too low, mast foot pressure becomes harder to achieve. then one sheets out, and MFP leverage gets worse yet.

is the boom too low or base too far forward? explore your solutions by trial and error. worx for either kona one or rrd long rider. these boards force folks to find easy. once applied, they are really fun.


Yes - THIS really helps with being comfortable in the footstraps... and as said, increases mast base pressure... AND the other reason it's important is that your board won't round up !!
In other words, if you're near the tail of the board, with weight on your feet... the board's gonna round upwind. So, instead, try to carry most of your weight on the rig (harness, boom, sail, mast). THAT puts weight on the mast base... allowing you to go straight and not round up wind.
Having the boom higher (or at least, not low) helps that. But also... you have to be going fast enough and with enough power in the sail. If your sail's too small for the wind... it's not going to support your weight.
You can test this before you even get back by the straps.
With your feet between the mastbase and the straps... Can you hang out off the board with your body weight supported by the sail (which is sheeted in)?
* If you can't. Then you need a bigger sail. More wind. Or you're like me and are too big&heavy for moderate winds Smile
* If you can, then you can slowly move your feet back to the straps. The board should not change direction as you do this. Why? Because there is almost NO WEIGHT on your feet.

You will get launched - catapulted some, while learning how this feels. Everybody does. Eventually, you'll know how much power is needed to support your weight. But the key is, the board stays going straight (not rounding up Smile
Greg -
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nodak



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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Kona One is the first generation and it says Exocet on it (2006?). Along with it I had purchased the Aerotech Zemith 7.4, a bit of a clumsy sail but super easy to rig. I believe this was the granddaddy of the Kona sail range Aerotech designed just for that board. The luff sleeve opening for the boom is too low on that sail so there's little wiggle room for boom height adjustment; in fact it's only about chest high. I should try the Ezzy Zephyr 7.5.

Seperate question: has anyone replaced their stock Kona One straps? The stock ones twist too much.
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