Actually the opposite - higher speed will create more lift to the point when almost all your weight will be on your front foot. That's a good moment to bring your right (back) foot forward and your left aft.
She's very cool.
I just want to clarify to everyone . (Since you suggested forget the surface gybe) I am not trying a surface gybe. I am only trying the foot switch while traveling somewhat straight Once or if i can do the foot switch. I could get back on foil and gybepurdyd wrote: ↑Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:15 pmI feel your pain but the foot switch can be done, no photoshop required.
The good news is that you can work up to it. And as my wise friend said, in foiling, it will tell you when you are ready for the next move.
Forget the surface gybe, this is how to work up to going on foil.
If you haven’t watched it checkout kainani drexler on footswitch. Watch how she narrows her stance and slides her feet.
About 3 minutes in
Here is my step by step plan for you
First you have to be comfortable toe side. If not keep practicing that.
You should be able to pump your foil. If not keep practicing.
Start by moving your feet. Slide your back foot up and then back. Doesn’t have to be much.
Slide your back front up a bit and then slide your front foot back a bit. Then back to your original stance.
Do this both on heel side and toe side.
The goal here is to narrow your stance while staying on foil and be standing over the sweet spot. Keep this up until you can maintain a reasonable speed,
If you want you can work up to having your feet side by side and then just keep shuffling and slide through.
However, at some point before this when your stance is a bit narrower and you are maintaining a reasonable speed, you are ready for the switch.
One thing you learn with narrowing your stance is to control the pitch of the board by weighting your toes and heels. Because as you narrow your stance you should also be moving your feet more parallel to the board with your toes forward and heels back.
If you do get to the point where you ride with feet side by side, that is how you control the pitch.
With your new narrow stance capability, raise the kite up, keep some speed, (having some speed is your friend as it keeps things steady, not too much though) and look for a bit of swell and on the way up that swell, quickly and confidently step forward with back foot and forward with back foot.
Some people mentally think of jumping and twisting the hips. A true jump where both feet leave the board is in my opinion bad as the foil rises up.
A note on going up the swell. This effectively causes you to put a bit of weight on the back foot and raise the nose. As the board nose is coming up you make the switch. You can do this without swell by doing the same thing on flat water. If done properly, they board doesn’t change.
Basically a little pump on the back foot, weight on the front as you lift the back and bring it forward and then a little pump again on the new back foot as it goes back.
A little pull on the bar also helps.
This may takes months, don’t give up. It will be like a switch and one day you will get one. If you are already making the occasional surface switch you can do it on foil.
The hardest part is mentally committing to that footswitch. I know in the videos they show really good riders making flawless switches with their feet wide apart. Forget that nonsense and work up to it as outlined above. As you get better you can switch with a wider stance.
Good luck and as kainani says, I believe in you!
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