I am an intermediate foiler who would love to avoid the dreaded self-rescue in LIGHT winds. The specifics I have questions and confusion about has to do with best techniques for transitions.
Can anyone help:
The board and actual transition: Logic would dictate that we make as sharp as a 180 degree turn as possible, as the longer carving turn would slack the lines and have the kite drift, which in light winds seem to be an issue. So, do we 180 pivot our board/body rather than turn so to keep line tension? Can we successfully carve a slower turn while keeping line tension?
The kite: Most everyone agrees that downlooping is the way to go, but for me, in the beginning, I had a better chance keeping the kite in the air by a slow power stroke. That kept my line tension…well, sometimes. Now, I am a bit better at foiling, but still don’t know what technique is best because the lines slack often. So,
Option 1: Prior to transition, bring kite high up (close to 12 and starting SLOW downloop? Advantages: maybe keeping more tension? Disadvantage: hitting kite tip in water and not being able to relaunch.
Option 2: Quick downloop: Seems here, most of the time my lines still slack.
Option 3: quick downloop with the kite ending in an upstroke. So far, this seems ok, with less slack. Option 4: medium speed downloop with kite ending in upstroke. This seems to be the best option through my own failed attempts.
Option 4: Carving redirection of kite: Similar to surfing in the power zone; throwing your kite 180 in opposite direction with a quick pivotal point (as opposed to bringing kite up to 12 and down again in a power stroke). This has worked sometimes without slacking the lines, but not consistently.
What the brain trusts opinion?