slowboat wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:42 am
Ok, can we just call it "tack to toeside"? I tried this and I find I am unable to even attempt it in one move/effort. Any suggestions on how to break it down and practice different parts of it? I have no trouble making hard carves back and forth while just riding. But how to isolate and practice bringing the kite to the other side? Thanks
Have reasonable speed going in to the move.
Slowly bring your kite up and take your front hand off the bar.
As the kite hits about 11 / 1 o'clock, push the bar out fully and carve upwind, keeping your front leg bent more than usual. I find also that shifting my rear foot further back helps me yaw the board around more aggressively.
As you approach the halfway point of the turn into the wind, start pulling down hard on your rear hand to initiate the kite loop while continuing to carve the board.
Once the kite loop begins, you should feel the pull of the kite helping you to finish off the last of the turn as well as pulling you up into a more upright position.
if you keep the board turning with heel side pressure, it will become a 360. If you want it to be a tack, you'll need to transfer your weight onto your toes (once you are back in an upright position) and redirect your board upwind.
The timing of when you initiate the kite loop is one of the critical parts of this move. Too soon and you'll be on the downwind side of your board when the loop reaches max power and you will be pulled off the board backwards. Too late, and you'll lose board speed and you will stall and come off the foil. It's a matter of trial and error and you'll start getting close and then ......Bingo.