>"How the hell do you get into the foot straps without losing
>seems like the board goes squirly when I get that far back. Which
>better, front foot first, or rear foot first."
The major prerequisite for being able to get into the footstraps is
to get a significant amount of your weight into the sail. For a
majority of my students having trouble getting into the footstraps
this is the primary problem.
If you hook in and sit down with your weight pressing inot the
mastfoot the board will start to gain speed and level out. As the
board gains speed you will be able to rake the sail a little farther
back. As you rake the sail further back you will be able to move your
feet back towards the strap.
Practice putting your back foot between the front and back straps and
controling the ofre and aft trim of your board with your weight over
the mast foot and your back foot. With a little practice you should
be able to lift up your front foot without slowing the board down.
Try this for a start and if you have more questions you can EMail me
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