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Wrist wing leash catches on helmet when gybing.

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Created by gregwho 3 months ago, 20 Nov 2023
gregwho
NSW, 156 posts
20 Nov 2023 6:05PM
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I've only just started wearing a helmet when foiling. My wing leash would occasionally get caught on the back of my surf hat when gybing but now it catches on the back of the helmet nearly every gybe.

I'm planning to try putting the wing leash onto the front of my waist strap for board leash but not sure if this will help.

Any suggestions?


Thanks

Sheps
WA, 43 posts
20 Nov 2023 8:52PM
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What solved this problem for me was attaching the wrist leash to my upper arm. No problems tacking or gybing now

Taavi
192 posts
20 Nov 2023 9:47PM
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gregwho said..
... My wing leash would occasionally get caught on the back of my surf hat when gybing but now it catches on the back of the helmet nearly every gybe.


How do you manage to do that? I made a clip where I do the jibes deliberately very slowly, to make it easier for the students to see. Is your jibe technique very different from that perhaps?

boardsurfr
WA, 2180 posts
20 Nov 2023 10:52PM
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Watching Travis video gives a clue. He keeps both of his hands down, below his head. You probably have your hand straight above the head, and perhaps a longer line. If your hand gets pushed behind your head, I can see how a longer line could catch the helmet. Bending the arm would make it more likely.

gregwho
NSW, 156 posts
21 Nov 2023 6:26AM
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That's an interesting technique but I think with larger sails if I don't put the sail above my head while rotating it, it's wingtip would surely hit the water.

Taavi
192 posts
21 Nov 2023 3:54AM
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gregwho said..
.. with larger sails if I don't put the sail above my head while rotating it, it's wingtip would surely hit the water.


In the clip above the wing is actually plenty above my head, it's just the camera angle that is not the most helpful. I think the more important bit was keeping both hands extended, and in front of you. But with bigger wings in light winds some different technique is needed for sure.

Here are a few examples with a bigger wing (6.0) in very light winds. Maybe you'll find some tips from here, or perhaps with the 7 and 8 m2 wings it's totally different?

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MProject04
427 posts
21 Nov 2023 7:15AM
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I've had this occuring regularly 'back in the day'. It happened mostly when the leash was a bit long and just hanged in a big arc, and away from the strut. Especially when long it can 'lasso' around your head during swift wing rotation.

Got solved by keeping the leash closer to the strut, by gripping it with my front hand (like Taavi does in the first video)

RAF142134
317 posts
21 Nov 2023 7:24AM
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@Taavi seems like having an orange wing and a blue board is way better than having a blue wing and an orange board ;)



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