joekitetime wrote: ↑Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:23 pm
It took me about a season for me to not have to think about it anymore or obsess over it. Now I spend my time watching the swell, looking at the water and not the kite, to pick the best lines, or possibly anticipate turning again immediately for a rinse and repeat.
Like most things in kiting, timing seems to be everything. Also, as you get better at it, you will be less prone to have the kite dictate your lines and pull, but rather you can focus on the board riding and weighting and carving and you will be in charge of the kite, rather than the kite being in charge of you.
I have done this a couple times by accident when something happens and I find myself going the opposite way the kite is pointing. I've pulled hard on a steering line and am amazed that I am able to save it. It's actually weird how long you have to recover from this sometimes.tomtom wrote: ↑Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:23 pmLeave kite where is it - do nothing with kite - initiate turn /just you not kite/ and ride about 1/2 in to turn. Only then downloop your kite - which will very nicely catch you in end of turn without yank.
Point is you leave kite on edge where is really stable and as you go from kite you actually tighten lines. If you initiate movement with kite you go to the kite and slacken lines
chibern wrote: ↑Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:29 pmAs a beginner foiler, I'm always having to remind myself "turn the kite first" and "follow the kite".
Heel-to-toe, down loops seem easier to complete without worrying about dropping the kite than "up and overs" but I have issues once I'm through the turn. I'm always getting pulled downwind for a ways before being able to turn back up wind. I don't have this issue when gybing with an "up and over" kite movement but I have to concentrate more on kite positioning.
I tend to loop it high and tight.
Going toe-to-heel gybe, the down loop is easier regarding kite movement but more awkward to initiate. Doing a toe-to-heel using "Up and over", I always seem to have to do a mid-turn kite dive to keep from dropping the kite especially on my weak side.
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