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Mossy 757
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Re: Help - how to tack? Especially strapless

Postby Mossy 757 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:46 pm

cglazier wrote:
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:22 pm
he is pulling hard on his backhand
Yes, but notice that the bar is half sheeted...since he's on a foil kite, it's super crucial you're aware of not stalling the kite overhead during the turn so that it produces enough power to keep you on foil through the exit. Great shot!

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Re: Help - how to tack? Especially strapless

Postby windmaker » Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:46 am

cglazier wrote:
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:22 pm
The video above is excellent!

Here is a great picture of Johnny Heinekin tacking. He is going from port tack to starboard tack (which the other riders are all on). His board is still angled hard into the turn and he is pulling hard on his backhand as he is switching his feet. Try to visualize yourself doing this.. if you can get to this point, your tack will probably be successful.

:wink: CG
How to tack? Especially strapless... not much on this thread, most are strapped!

Heineken's photo is amazing but that technique won't work if trying to tack strapless. On the photo he carves hard upwind and once through the eye of the wind and after the foot change, pulls on the front strap with his new front foot to level the board and sail away.
When strapless, you have no strap to pull on so you have to level the board with the original front foot before the foot change. And that's the only but crucial difference between strapped and strapless tacking.

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