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learning to jibe with or without straps

Postby kitedxb » Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:02 pm

Hi all

Just started learning to jibe after getting comfortable on my foil.
I used to ride the foil with the front footstraps only but recently started going strapless to avoid getting injured as I noticed my feet got stuck in the straps quite often.
Would you guys recommend to learn to jibe without the footstraps or is it just making life more difficult than it should be?

Thanks for any input :thumb: :thumb:

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Re: learning to jibe with or without straps

Postby wavy navy » Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:31 pm

You got it already:
With straps faster learning, without less dangerous learning.
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Re: learning to jibe with or without straps

Postby cglazier » Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:48 pm

Either way works.
I learned with straps and I found it helpful to have a front strap to aim for. As with any trick where you switch your feet it is a good idea to loosen your feet in the straps before beginning so your feet will come out easily. In fact I usually take my back foot completely out of the back strap and put in front of the strap before beginning the move. And straps can sometimes help you stay on your board when your jibe is less than perfect.

Strapless works too. It's personal preference.

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Re: learning to jibe with or without straps

Postby TheJoe » Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:39 pm

I'm learning to do this all so. I have a Dwarfcraft Micro so only one strap in the front for me. What I have found is that strap is a good idea for know where to put your foot riding. You'll have to excuse me here as I don't know how to properly explain this and I am still learning. Foot placement really is not that important really it's more about you balance point and upper body are. I find that I can easily swap my feet if I'm standing more in the center of the board with my feet closer together standing more upright. I find being more upright is much more of a comfortable riding position. Hope I'm making sense like I said don't know how to really explain it.

For myself I have never liked straps on a directional board. I like being able to move around a lot on the board. I all ways found it harder to gybe with straps.
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Re: learning to jibe with or without straps

Postby Kitetwin-1 » Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:42 am

Strapless for sure. The total freedom is amazing. Having said that, would be nice to ride a faster wing and boost🤔
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