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Old 07-20-2005, 08:45 PM
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Air Chair newbie...day 1

The thing was delivered yesterday, took me about two hours to put it together. Pretty straightforward, really. I set it up with the straight rear foil and the beginner and advanced power wedges together, about 1/8 inch back from the edge (per AC's recommendations to decrease porpoising).

Getting situated in the water for takeoff, even getting my feet in the boots with heel straps while sitting on the seat was very foreign and I found myself floundering around a) getting set up into the AC, and b) manuevering the thing around in the water to line up. My second set was more productive from that standpoint after I shed my shorty wet suit. I think it's extra bouyancy was making my floating position more awkward than it should have been.

It took me several tries falling to one side or the other before I realized that when they said in the video to sit way back to start off, they really meant WAY back. Once I did that, I could get up on the ski right away. I then had a couple of episodes where I forgot to lean WAY forward after getting up, and I suddently found myself way high in the air and heading for a mild face plant. Ultimately, I was able to find the balance point and could keep the ski on the water. When I began trying to fly the foil by leaning back, I fell a few times before I realized/remembered that I wasn't paying attention to my arm position. There are about 6 things you have to remember in order to get up, and I was only processing about 4 of them at any given time.

I finally ended it after getting bored with the ski on the water, and then getting up on the foil. I started heading outside the wake, and decided that that was a good point to stop for the day.

It was very interesting. I went from thinking it was going to be impossible for me to ride the thing after the first 2 or three pulls, to realizing that it was going to be possible after the first few times on the ski, to thinking "this thing is a blast" as I was skimming along on the foil for a couple hundred yards.

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Old 07-20-2005, 08:53 PM
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Congrats, Big Mac!
A couple things to remember.
- LEAN BACK & keep the handle low on your knees when you start.
- Once you pop up, lean forward & hold the handle high to keep the board down on the water.
- You can steer by pointing your knees where you want to go. If your falling to the right, steer to the right to balance, just like a bike.
- Lean back &/or lower the handle to ride up on the foil.
- As you get better & better, work on keeping the handle sitting right on top of your knees, elbows bent. Lean forward & backward to adjust your foil height. Work on cutting across the wake without touching it.

And feel free to ask questions as you ride more! The best place to hook up with more riders is the Hydrofoil List where almost 1000 riders hang out!
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:08 PM
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Congrats, Big Mac!
A couple things to remember.
- LEAN BACK & keep the handle low on your knees when you start.
- Once you pop up, lean forward & hold the handle high to keep the board down on the water.
- You can steer by pointing your knees where you want to go. If your falling to the right, steer to the right to balance, just like a bike.
- Lean back &/or lower the handle to ride up on the foil.
- As you get better & better, work on keeping the handle sitting right on top of your knees, elbows bent. Lean forward & backward to adjust your foil height. Work on cutting across the wake without touching it.

And feel free to ask questions as you ride more! The best place to hook up with more riders is the Hydrofoil List where almost 1000 riders hang out!
Thanks. Your summary hits the really key high points as far as I can tell so far.

I do appreciate the tip on steering the thing. I was wondering about that...
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Old 07-21-2005, 05:43 AM
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Bigmac, Sounds like you did really well for your first outing. You can keep your speed slow at first to make things easier and almost painless.

My daughters learned at 10-12mph, crashes at that speed are very easy. No need to beat yourself up. Beginners seem to be more comfortable adjusting their height by raising and lowering their arms as Bill suggested.

Good Luck and I'll warn you now that this sport is very adddicting.
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Old 07-21-2005, 08:59 AM
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You guys make it sound easy!

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Old 07-21-2005, 11:07 AM
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BigMac-Nice first set! How does the crack pipe feel in your mouth?
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Old 07-21-2005, 11:17 AM
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BigMac-Nice first set! How does the crack pipe feel in your mouth?

Wow, Whats that all about??

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Old 07-21-2005, 12:07 PM
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Bigmac, Sounds like you did really well for your first outing. You can keep your speed slow at first to make things easier and almost painless.

My daughters learned at 10-12mph, crashes at that speed are very easy. No need to beat yourself up. Beginners seem to be more comfortable adjusting their height by raising and lowering their arms as Bill suggested.

Good Luck and I'll warn you now that this sport is very adddicting.
Thanks. I think this thing is going to be a lot of fun. I was using about 14 mph, but the guy driving had a little trouble getting to that speed accurately. The Wakeboard Pro that I ordered for the boat has finally come in, so I'm going to try to get that installed today.
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Old 07-21-2005, 12:09 PM
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You guys make it sound easy!

It's not easy, but it's definitely do-able, I'm convinced. You kind of have to throw everything you know about towable water sports out the window.
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Old 07-21-2005, 12:16 PM
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Wow, Whats that all about??

It's just a way of saying that you are about to be hooked on something new!
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