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KIWISI - Advanced windsuring simulator

Although designed to overcome the difficulty in teaching people how to balance, turn and steer with the rig before they take on the water, there are a number of other higher skills that I have been able to teach very effectively over the ten years that students have been coming to me to extend their ability.The most popular one was the simple art of power-jibing that quite often eludes some older novices for years after they can reach and tack. Using the variable hydraulic rotational damper students can be taught exactly the best way to power the board round through a jibe and left to practice until there are no surprises.After that they will rarely drop a rig on a jibe and it will lead them on to the carve-jibe when they start to use the harness properly.[IMAGER=103] I also prepare students for beach-starting by showing how to orientate the board with both hands on the boom and how to step up with the back foot first as they guide the mast to the vertical. An extension of this also helps with waterstarting. Fast-tacking is a natural progression and can be taught and practised 'ad nauseam on the kiwisi when there is not more fun to be had on the water. I personally learnt to duck-tack on the kiwisi but duck-jibing is out because of the requirement to be entering at higher than wind-speed. Incidentally during my eight years of being head of the NZ windsurfing instruction committee I managed to change the UK teaching system in a few places to make it more effective and the most significant one was to changethe way steering was taught. Now we say "clew up" to turn away from the wind and "clew down" for the opposite. It greatly helps students to avoid leaning forward when trying to bear away and makes for much better control of thepower. On the kiwisi this can be mastered quickly and even in no wind a good instructor can simulate the wind force by pulling on the opposite boom to reproduce the effect.[IMAGEL=105] The real potential of this high-fidelity machine has not yet been fully exploited mainly because it is always limited by the motivation and (dare I say it) intelligence of the instructors left to use it. If you are considering setting up with some of these devices there are several things to consider. 1. You are not going to need half as many instructors but they will have to be of a higher calibre to achieve the improvement you are looking for.2. Both you as the owner and your chosen few will need to be fully briefed on the operation of the new machines. I can't help thinking that the best way to evaluate the potential would be to make an initial investment in a week's "sabbatical" here so I can show you all I have spoken of and more and we can work out a deal to suit yoursituation. Looking forward to hearing from you soon, Ken Kingsbury.[][www]

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