This is really good advice.jumptheshark wrote: ↑Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:51 pmOne of the best kiters I know is extremely unilateral. Saw him pick up foiling inside a session or two and progress to power carve jibes and landing jumps inside a month. Have yet to see him switch his feet on a foil. On a tt and surfboard he literally kills it and pulls off things that few dare ever attempt. It was only watching him foil that I realized he rides with such a dominant stance bias.
I wouldn't advise being too stubborn about it, but I wouldn't ruin your fun working on your goofy stance either. It's just not that important.
There is a fun and functional middle ground that most riders settle around. All of my kiting is this way and I have different jumps, rotations, kite loops and combinations on either tack. Both foiling and on surfboard, I switch my feet before a jibe on one side and after on the other in order to make the carve in my dominant stance. I tack to toe side then switch feet on one tack and switch feet during the tack on the other side, again to avoid goofy stance. This has me feeling pretty functional, tacking and jibing on both sides. Of course I ride heel side with either foot forward, but pretty much never ride toe side in my weak stance for more than a few seconds at a time. All my downwind swell riding is done dominant stance and It can lead to leg burn, but I enjoy those downwind stints enough not to waste them working on my weak stance just yet. It's been like that for the entire 16 years I've been kiting, from TT through surfboard to foil. Maybe someday I'll get bored enough to dive into working on my weak side toe side riding, but for now comfort in 3 out of the 4 options (2x heelside and only one out to 2x toeside) is enough for me to really enjoy my riding. I suspect there are a lot of others who do the same.
As with everything in foiling, every time you learn something new, be it your first tack up all the way to turning the same fashion both ways completely ambidextrously, it opens up freedom and options. But like most things, there are diminishing returns the farther you go. At some point, there is a balance of functionality that satisfies you. After that, working on your weak points is more to avoid boredom.
Keep it fun and tick off the functional stuff first, then get as far into the remaining weak points as you want.
No different than choosing straps or strapless, surfboard or TT, its all personal choice. I strongly advise functionality, with a jibe and a tack on both sides, but I don't spend much time worrying that I cant exactly mirror what I do on either tack.
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