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... already know that trim is important, but not so easy if you don't. The original poster and his friend had trouble on ONE windy day, and probably breathed a sigh of relief once they got through the worst of it. Probably the rest of the time, when the wind didn't blow so hard, they thought they were doing fine and had no idea things could have been a little better. And just like the situation described in this thread by Pilotwings, "rasslin' with the wind" wasn't the most opportune moment to start experimenting, and in both cases the paddlers didn't think about trim until after they talked to people who know.
There've been a few times I've seen people complain about how awkward their traditional snowshoes are to walk in, and it was only because the binding was lashed to the wooden crossmember instead of where it belonged (easy to fix but not if you don't already know how they should fit your feet and pivot). I've seen people complain about how poor the headlights on their car light up the road when all that was wrong was that the lights didn't shine where they were supposed to (easy to fix but not if you lack the experience to notice where they shine, and know that you can adjust them as necessary - just look how many cars you see on the roads at night with mis-adjusted lights). I once saw a novice canoer paddle ALL DAY LONG using a one-quarter reverse sweep as a correction stroke, and he just thought "solo canoeing is hard work", rather than recognizing the inefficiency of his method. People often don't automatically know what to adjust when things are difficult, so I give the original poster credit for asking. Plenty of other people would either struggle on in misery or quit.
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