windmaker wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:59 am
you need to anticipate and send the kite before turning the board
What heresy is this?! Didn't you call BS on me for saying just that?
You Jedi's must be too advanced for us casuals to understand!!
Look, this isn't quite as complex as climate change, we should be able to get to a mutually agreeable explanation, or the OP is better off selling his kite and getting a wing!
Lets use Pete's example. Say your riding steady state exactly halfwind. The kite is always leading. Your vector is parallel to that of the kite just upwind of it. If there is a finish line perpendicular to your vector of travel (exactly up/down wind) the kite crosses first. If in this scenario, you leave the kite on course but initiate the gybe by carving the board downwind, your lines slack. Kites have some drift, but turn hard enough and you lose steering and drop your kite. You have to ANTICIPATE the drop in line tension and either climb or downloop the kite FIRST to make up for it.
Looking at the still from the Duotone clip, it's pretty clear. The kiter is riding in a straight line for roughly 9 frames. The kite only three. The kite clearly begins its climb into the arc of the downloop on the fourth frame.
Look, I said in my first post that foiling allows for disengagement of kite and board direction, but that simply confuses the issue. The convention stands that the kite still PULLS on the lines throughout the gybe, and the Gybe is generally initiated with kite input.
Dragging your kite into a low wind downloop using your speed and momentum is absolutely the exception, not the rule. Yes, you see it done this way with racers gybing while heading deep downwind and at the bottom mark, but racing is 1% of kiteboarding.
As evidence by our good friends at Duotone, it's not crazy advice to tell the OP to lead with the kite and follow it decisively through to the exit.