Kamikuza wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:03 am
The point of sending the kite up first is to use the geometry to your advantage, especially in light wind, to keep tension on the lines, board speed and space for the kite to loop and build speed. Good for any kind of kite
I fundamentally treat a downloop gybe in a surfboard, twin tip, or foil the same. I loop the with or with raising it. Sometimes down low.
Raising the kite gives you an energy advantage as you can have s longer downstroke.
It also allows you to loop it high or sheet out and make a wider slow turn both of which can be handy if it is windier.
Yes, #2 (pivot turn) is a really good strategy, it is IMO the only way to jibe foiling in marginal winds, head high upwind at low speed, commit to the board turn while the kite flies around (down or up, I prefer up as less risk).
I think what I am finding when it is really light, not heading upwind as much as for a pivot, and starting the loop with the bar well in advance of turning downwind, often this is slightly sheet out to avoid stalling,, and making a compact but not to tight turn, with a wide loop is very effective .
I think it produces the most energy and keeps you on foil.
There is definitely more risk with any type of downloop as you mention.