jumptheshark wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:13 am
Stick with your comfy heel side to comfy toe side and back until it clicks. Give it more speed. Not crazy more, but if our sinking after the turn, you need more speed and more practice at toe side riding.
Simply carry on - we have all been through the exact same "troubles" like you experience - it takes quite long for most of us to master.
You are quite new, so you are probably not riding low powered (as some seem to comment here), as this require a lot of skill, compared to having a tad bigger kite for the given wind.
But when you try to jibe, you will make an arc that is too wide, and get slack lines, thus on your toeside you have NO power.
Also, when learning, you can not ride much upwind toeside, so keeping lines tight (power) is even more difficult.
Especially in lighter winds with bigger kites, everything is hugely more difficult in this respect, as here you NEED to make tighter more correctly timed carves.
So using a smaller kite in somewhat more wind, could be a way to get a grip on how to carve around and keep foiling.
Only downside is, you risk to get on the "runaway" downwind course suddenly - but at least then you know you have completed a full carve
Downlooping works for a few, but I would not go that way, till you have mastered the normal carve, then you can learn to use both.
A few classic pointers:
Turning the foilboard is done very differently, as you dont use the edges at all - so no pushing with your feet to carve from heelside.
You should use the "yaw" move, meaning you twist your lower body into the turn, almost like you try to push your front foot sideways into the turn, like kicking a ball (while leaning into the turn now as you will turn quite tight when learned).
Learn the yaw move by doing slalom going straight, and get the board to move left and right really fast, by twisting.
The more competent you get at this, the better you will be able to make a tight carve to avoid slack lines - which is key.
Timing, when and how fast and how powered/depowered and how high/low you fly the kite over - is really difficult and something you will learn and then never think about it again.
But till then, it is simply hundreds of "try and learn".
You could add some extensions to your lines, IF you are using stock short lines (21-24 meter only), as this will give a longer powerstroke through the turn, and make it easier. 25-27 meters works good.
Also, as said, point quite high before you carve - never go downwind as it will be the road to disaster (but can work great for downloops).