Looking forward to trying this.OzBungy wrote:The back foot switch is super easy.
That's at least exactly how I nailed down my foot switch on my surfboard on the weak side (heal2toe). And if you take a look at the video from Kainani, she is doing something similar sometimes.OzBungy wrote: ↑Sun May 19, 2019 11:20 pmThere's two kinds of flying foot switch. Front foot and back foot.
The one you see in all the videos is front foot. You keep the front foot in position and move the back foot forward. That's quite hard and takes a lot of timing to get right.
The back foot switch is where you position the back foot in front of the mast, bring the front foot back closer to the back foot, put the old back foot forward, then reposition your new back foot.
The back foot switch is super easy. You can stand around all day with both feet just in front of the mast. You can do it fast or slow. You can do it with smooth fluid movements, or lots of little shuffling steps.
You practice the foot switch by riding in "ski" stance with both feet together in front of the mast. Explore the zone of stability in front of the mast and see where you can put your feet. The zone is bigger with more speed and/or a bigger wing.
The appeal to me of doing the back foot switch is you get a lot of time to explore how the foil feels in lots of different positions and attitudes. Foil rising, falling, carving left right etc. It's loads of fun and leads into front foot switches. You progressively explore the effect of speed on where you can place your front foot.
You might look a bit kooky doing a shuffling switch, but you're less likely to crash. It looks much less kooky than the little scissor jump thing that people do.
There's an easy way around it, IMO...
This is why I feel a bit guilty...and keep promoting big wings I got them pretty much straight away...on the big wing. And the caveat that it's all on my strong side.Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Mon May 20, 2019 1:56 pm
3-400 sessions I would guess, took some years to learn
Could do it occasionally pure luck and very rare when starting 5 years ago, after a year on the gear back then - but it is NOT the gear IMO so I dont think it matters at all.
I dont find it easier on bigger wings really...
Still not 100 % confident, at least not on the "bad" tack it can easily go wrong sometimes, and especially some days, some days close to 100 % success 10 out of 10 on the bad side (and 10 out of 10 on the good side).
Switching feet on the way out of the jibe, with very little kitepower so not much lift from the kite to help, does not make it easier, but it is possible with timing and "pop" of the tail of the board.
Knowing how long it took someone is artificial because you don’t know how often they went, how long they were out when they went, their experience with directional boards, what kind of gear they were on, conditions at their local, etc.
This. Just knowing that someone could do it was enough for me.junebug wrote: ↑Mon May 20, 2019 3:46 pmKnowing how long it took someone is artificial because you don’t know how often they went, how long they were out when they went, their experience with directional boards, what kind of gear they were on, conditions at their local, etc.
That said, it took me about a year. It took me probably 6 months to get surface jibes with footswitch and another 6 months to get flying jibes with footswitch. The key for me was to stop thinking about it as a footswitch and start thinking about it as a hipswitch. It’s not just the feet that have to change; it’s the entire stance, and for me that originates in the hips.
It's easier if you don't move your hips.