nothing2seehere wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:34 am
I notice several videos suggest making the foot switch during the phase where you are heading downwind. I'm only just starting to play with foot switches and on a surfboard like many others here I make the switch either before or after the carve.
Is it the right thing to do to make the change during the carve? I remember I used to do this when windsurfing so was wondering if this was a carry on from then or whether there is a long term advantage in it?
For racers (or when riding big foil kites) it makes sense to do it during the carve sometimes close to downwind, as they can ride "weightless" for a lot longer because of a lifting kite up overhead, than us free/waveriders.
Or they do it when initiating the carve, before the kite downloop.
On a windsurfer it is easy to do it during, as you are waiting for the sail to flip around so you can grab it, and you want to head out planing on the new tack feet switched before you power up.
In reality it is somewhat on the way out of the jibe too in fact, and most often not dead downwind.
For freeriders it is not recommendable (at least not for some like me), to change feet when going dead downwind where no lift from the lines and you need a much tighter arc here to keep foiling in lighter winds and with smaller kites.
It is somewhat a "carry on" you have brought with you, and IMO only disadvantages if you do it midway dead downwind during the jibe - do it on the way out if you want the same "good" feel
So either change feet before or when going into the carve, or change feet on the way out or just after the carve, is my recommendation when you dont ride powered big kites with high speed.
I like to jibe close to how I do it on windsurfers and kite waveboards, on the way out that is, just before getting powered and heading up, but not too early so no support at all - timing is more difficult, but when it works it is great
Have you seen this thread nothing2seehere ?: http://kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=19 ... ilit=video