I could do with some tacking assistance. I've done a fair few attempts.
I carve around and either stop, or do a full 360.
If I stop the nose of the board doesn't go far enough around to do anything useful. I can usually recover and ride off downwind (ie continue in a straight line with no tack).
If I go all the way around I almost always get pulled backwards off the board. Very rarely I will end up sitting in the water and water start. That means I've done a bum splash 360.
I've tried all the look under the arm things and leaving the bar all the way out and all that. I still get dragged off the board by the kite.
All the people I see pulling off gybes are usually riding hard upwind, they then rise up, switch their feet and the kite, and ride off. It looks very smooth. There's no super hard carve involved.
I watched Greg Drexler carving around and he just seems to ride around independent of the kite movement. I've tried going really fast, bringing the kite up, then letting go of the bar completely. All the usual things happen. I stop, or get around and dragged off.
Would it be easier to get a surfboard and learn on that first ? Or would those skills not be used ?
I'm just thinking that you can go at a much more aggressive upwind angle on a foil that you can on a SB , so this means the amount that you turn thru the tack is a lot less
My goal for this year is the tack (surfboard and foil), as it seems to be for most riders who have mastered the basic skills. Even if I get 50% success, I'll be happy. I am watching this excellent tutorial video over and over in order to "mentalise" the move before my first attempts.
The tack starts at 2:40. On the water first and foiling next.
The video above is fine for beginning learning jibes. But DO NOT learn the tack the way they show it above. That is the old jump tack which nobody uses because it is extremely difficult to foil through (stay airborn) when you progress. It is much better to learn the proper roll tack. (I know because I wasted effort learning to do those old jump tacks and then I had to start over to learn the proper roll tack.)
Blackrat wrote:Would it be easier to get a surfboard and learn on that first ? Or would those skills not be used ?
I have never had any luck tacking a surfboard. I have a touch more luck tacking a foil, but still not getting any better.
I have seen all those videos. They don't help at all. The rider just carves up wind and ... tacks. There's no detailed breakdown on how to do it, and how to solve the problems that arise.
In my windsurfing days Peter Hart had a series of articles and videos that broke gybing down into all the steps with remedies for all the technique problems. It only took a couple of days to master carving gybes. I have been trying tacks for years and not getting much better. It is very frustrating.
He is making close to perfect roll tacks, and then at the end when he crashes, the dry comment from the videoguy is "THAT was good" ha haaa, it was the moment he loved to get on video
Somewhat just like in the old days, when we were windsurfing standing on the rail on the wrong side of the sail doing tacks, performing the most difficult hardcore freestyle possible - and the grandmas on the beach always said: Look, he can not do it right