As a segway from Bob's nice recent strapless riding write-up here:viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10012&p=48249#p48249
I'd been wanting to ask for some pointers re: starting to ride waves with a TT. I've tried a directional a few times but didn't really like it, I like the dexterity of a twintip. I usually end up riding over and around waves, not really knowing how to properly ride them well. West's video is great. A few ?'s:
-What is the best direction? Maui usually side to slightly on shore, would seem optimal to ride the wave downwind.
-It looks like you ride hard upwind to "drop in" to the wave, then do a quick toeside "bottom turn" and start heading downwind, and up the face; then at the top a quick heelside turn to head back down (or take off the ramp for big air which looks awesome)
-Keep the kite high? In order to be able to change directions quickly?
-You usually don't "ride the wave" right? Meaning use the power of the wave, like you would with a surfboard
-Also, practicing riding waves, around here, it's usually shorebreak. Are there spots to worry about bottoming out? Montrose and Waukegan seem to be shallow for a bit near shore
Any other tips and pointers appreciated