I also think the jibing keeps TT riders away, so much more hassle.
For me personally the same...in 2000 I hated jibing, was really bad at it (need windsurfed before).
Best thing wer that TTs came along.
Tried strapless surfboard few years ago and got reminded of the directional beginnings. Hated to crash all the time, so skipped it and found the best for me.
But once the foils get cheaper I think you will see more and more people specially for light winds.
And a TT foil is something te industry should closely look at...might be a great market.
And the combination of foil and board for wave is awesome.