Slyde wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:06 pm
Dave the La Ventana video is interesting in that at about 49 seconds there are 2 Kiter’s gybing together and the second one almost does a tip crash despite the majority of the gybe looking sweet.
The around 32 seconds? That one is interesting in seeing how different the turn radius of the kite can be depending on your technique.
The guy on the right keeps more speed, his lines never go slack, he doesn't even use the half the distance to the water!
It looks like the guy on the left slows down much more and the lines go slack on him. Maybe he held the bar in too long? At some point, you do have to let the bar out a bit to get the kite to start flying forward through the loop. Although, it could also be that he purposely used all of the space he had to make the loop bigger and get more speed coming out of the jibe.
In this https://youtu.be/d67fsR9NszE
video at 28 secs there is a gybe from natural to switch where the down loop seems to be initiated before the gybe, followed by a switch to natural gybe where the gybe happens well before the down loop is initiated but I think in both situations he keeps way better speed through the gybe than me.
I was there for that race and was amazed by Riley Gibbs's jibes. Watching him was when it first clicked for me how the jibe could work on short lines with the big foil kite. I think he said he was on 10m lines with his 15m kite. I think he can just do whatever he wants as far as timing and it's just going to work out because he never slows down to less than 30 knots
He also might have held off on the downloop the second time because he was close to the other kiter. The timing of the first jibe seems to be closer to the timing that works for me (albeit at about 10 knots less board speed...)