Huib wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:42 am
My problem with mastering the 360 is that I cannot stay upright on the board. This is probably because I prefer to foil with a kite as small as possible.
I manage it regularly with the 10 meter kite and a lot of power. But not with the small and fast Clouds.
The key factor is NOT to think of it as a backroll you would do on a Twintip (where you lean back).
You need to get your bodyweight centered over the mast once you have initiated the carve. So maybe just try to give the board one short carve to ride straight into the wind, then recenter your body over the mast. Once the body is over the mast, you are in balance and can start to bring the kite around by cranking the bar and doing a kiteloop, which will pull you around the rest of the 360 degrees. With practise, this will become more natural and you can time it based on wind speed and kite size.
For example, in low winds with big, slow kites, I lean into the wind once I am facing upwind to get more tension in the lines and loop the kite quicker..
Just remember: There is no forced, snappy move in the foil 360 as there would be in a backroll. When its done well, its one smooth, effortless motion.
Its all about the kite timing and the weight distribution on the foil, so keep on trying!