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Upwind Rotations

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 2:42 am
by OzBungy
I see Øyvind and others doing upwind rotations, seemingly at will with no apparent speed or kite power involved. How does that happen?

If I try that I end up doing a carving 360 (with varying degrees of success), or just stop dead.

I can do quite tight downwind turns, but there is pull from the kite to make it happen.

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Re: Upwind Rotations

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 1:31 pm
by jakemoore
Ha! I have the opposite problem. I’d like to do a carving 360. When I make it around on foil it usually feels like I stop and pivot around the mast. I can’t figure out how to open up the turn. Most of the time the result is a swim.

And downwind my turns are too wide only resulting in slack lines if I don’t downloop in time.

Re: Upwind Rotations

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:29 pm
by Pedro Marcos
jakemoore wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 1:31 pm
Ha! I have the opposite problem. I’d like to do a carving 360. When I make it around on foil it usually feels like I stop and pivot around the mast. I can’t figure out how to open up the turn. Most of the time the result is a swim.

And downwind my turns are too wide only resulting in slack lines if I don’t downloop in time.
More speed into the 360, slowly kiteloop at the same time you rotate. Pratice makes perfect

Re: Upwind Rotations

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:49 pm
by super_padge
ha ha, i'm trying to get my tacks and and turning too much into the wind - i just end up over rotating and nearly making a 360!

the (admittedly few) tacks i made found i needed to get my weight forward in both feet much earlier than i thought, and then dive the kite hard to change direction.
i have a faster foil so my 360's need to be in a wide turning circle in order to get round foiling.
At the moment i'm just happy to get round and not too fussed by touching down - it's slow progress but fun trying!