I ride strapless and I've got foiling gybes pretty solid in varying wind conditions. Was awesome when this started to feel natural on my unnatural stancecglazier wrote: ↑Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:53 pmwindmaker has a good point. Larger wings just allow you to do tricks at a slower speed which some people find less intimidating. But it is no more difficult with speed in fact more speed makes things more stable.
You should first learn to ride toeside and then you are ready to proceed...
Here are some tips:
- the difficult part is the flying foot switch so work on it and don't even think about gybing until you have switched your feet
- put your kite quite high but still pulling you forward
- if you use straps move your back foot to just in front of the back strap
- rotate your shoulders so your upper body is ready for riding toeside
- maintain speed, look at the horizon (not down), and don't move your kite
- now move your back foot forward (into the empty front strap if you have straps) while not moving your upper body or the kite or your eyes at all
- you will naturally need to move your old front foot back to the middle of the board to keep your balance because you didn't move your upper body at all.
That's it, you have done a flying footswitch. You can gybe now from toeside to heelside which is the easy part. I always downloop my kite during a gybe to help pull me around.
Most of us learn by first doing all this while touching down on the water. Keep trying to make your touchdowns shorter duration. When you can maintain board speed through all this you will no longer touch down at all.
[woops, I just noticed that I already said much of this earlier in this thread.. oh well, worth repeating.. I hope it helps someone]
Nice video. I had found this quite a while back but he made it look too easy
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