Some of us painfully experienced the effect your stance has on the racing performance. It takes a lot of time to find your own way of riding in different wind. And things that work on flat water will not always work in waves. Inadequate foot position will cause problems in keeping high VMG going upwind (especially in waves) and crashes on downwind courses.
FOKA’s light weight allowed us to place more footstrap inserts than on a common raceboard. Both front and outside back straps have four available positions for each screw. To get most out of your gear, spend some time fiddling with the position of footstraps. It pays to find the setup (wide or narrow stance, towards back or front of the board) that suits your skill, riding position and fin setup. Footstrap size is another thing to consider – it is good to have them tight do get good upwind, and loose at the same time to put your feet deeply (and safely) in on crazy fast downwinds. To make it more challenging – you need to be able to get in and out of straps quickly during tacks and jibes.
Bear in mind that changing fins may change the pivot point and may also change optimal footstrap positioning.
Racing is not about spending money on equipment. It is about spending time learning how to use it.
Following footstrap configurations are available:
3 straps (two front straps, one middle)
To used for long distance crusing (it is the less tiring position for majority of riders), lightwind freeride and learing. Middle strap will force any begginer to ride the board in flat position. We have found it to be the quickest way to learn the basics of secret art of raceboard riding.
4 straps (two front straps, two back straps)
High performance racing setup. Suitable for any rider in light wind, in stronger wind going upwind and downwind in the same back strap needs a bit more skill and experience.
5 straps (4 strap setup with the back middle strap)
Slalom setup. Works well in light winds. Use the back middle strap for fast reach sailing. Back feet in outside back strap to get back on starting line for next race. You can do it with 7 straps but it is light wind, right? Weight counts 😉
6 straps (two front straps, four back straps)
Most common racing setup. Use outside back straps for upwind and inside back straps for downwind courses. Wider stance on downwind courses gives you some more control and prevents from crashes. Be prepared for burning back leg – wider stance puts your muscles to a test. Inside back straps are closer to the board axis, so it easier to steer the board with the wind (fast and controlable downwind is never easy for begginers).
You can put everything you got on your board but 7th strap is not much of a help on regular upwind-downwind course. Quite opposite – it can be annoying during starting procedures.