junebug wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:05 pm
I’ve never tried this kind of tack, but I’m going to give it a shot next time I’m out. It seems much less intuitive to me than a roll tack, because with a roll rack you just rotate your body the same way you are carving the board. I never windsurfed or rode a directional before starting foiling, so I don’t have any pre-existing familiarity with either kind.
Peter, why do you say this is a better way to tack?
Because it is the way we all are used to tack, if coming from windsurfing or kitesurfing.
The roll-tack only became interesting with kiteracing on hydrofoils where you have loads of kite lift and not much drag, and is WAY more difficult in so many ways, and counter intuitive almost not possible when you think about it - but the funny thing is it IS possible, eventhough against all physics and natural intuition of movements.
So as most are used to a "normal" tack, it is pretty easy on all kinds of boards - maybe not foiling I dont know, but otherwise.
And A LOT safer to do, meaning the risk of crashing is a lot less, particularly in low wind or with small kites.
This is why I find it so easy and natural, and a "better way" to tack, if possible to do it foiling (but I dont know, for the average riders...) it would simply be amazing.
When doing a roll-tack very powered on say a waveboard (not a foil), you got loads of pull downwind from the kite, and nothing is less natural than trying to go "under" the lines to leeward
I learned the duck-tack when windsurfing, where it was a relatively difficult trick, and nothing like on kiteboards or foils, eventhough the movement going "under" and head facing the wind when turning is the same.
Later I learned it on waveboards, but for me also mostly a trick and can not make 5 out of 5 - sometimes yes, but other times no, particularly if hitting a wave at the same time or just having a bad day...
As opposed to the normal tack you can do on waveboards with or without straps, does not matter on a waveboard, but on a foil I think strapless is a lot better, and the "safe" tack in my book.
But I know I am old school
On a normal tack you hardly don't rotate your body, always back to the wind leaning on the lines, easy.
On a duck tack you rotate your body almost 360 degree, at least three quarters
And nothing to lean against...