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Re: A bit of help to hammer those tacks!

Postby Herman » Sat Jul 03, 2021 11:37 pm

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Re: A bit of help to hammer those tacks!

Postby Herman » Sun Jul 04, 2021 9:40 am

Regarding the old back hand (new front hand):

Personally I find the timing of the old BH pull for the loop for a 360 different to the timing for the BH pull to redirect for a 180.

I use the rotation of the bar to provide the cue for this. For a redirect I start the pull as soon as the kite has crossed Z and as I rotate the bar. For the 360 I wait until the bar is in the new position before pulling with the BH, the kite will have reached 1 o’clock or 11 o’clock.

Rotating the bar puts the muscles in the right position to control the kite. Rob did a very good vid on this showing the wrist rotation needed when going toe to heel.

PS the timing of the initial pull of the BH to get the kite flying across Z is not crucial. The timing for this aspect of the manoeuvre is governed by the way the kite reacts, ie you modify the carve into wind to suite how the kite is flying across Z imho.
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Re: A bit of help to hammer those tacks!

Postby Jyoder » Sun Jul 04, 2021 12:12 pm

azoele wrote:
Sat Jul 03, 2021 8:59 pm


I understand your point: kite timing is essential.
But I jibe with loops all the time, and am sure if loops can be done in tacks, they must be helpful in very light winds, hence my questioning.
Also, I only use foil kites between 5-10 knots. From there on I have 10/8/5m LEI kites, which provide a fraction of the lift of my large foil kite, so a loop may be helpful.
Sure, a loop can help you ride out of the tack on foil, and I do it frequently on LEI when the wind lulls, am underpowered, or I mistime my tack, but it feels like cheating and not a “real” tack. It’s a good place to start if it works for you.

Foil kites make it much easier to foot switch, But you really have to turn that bar hard with bigger kites!

Also, for all kites, if your lines are very long, your kite may just take too much time to cross the top of the window and you’ll come off foil waiting for it to arrive until you get the timing just right.

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Re: A bit of help to hammer those tacks!

Postby cglazier » Mon Jul 05, 2021 2:27 am

All good comments above.
Here are my favorite 'how to tack' videos:

How to Foiling Tack
Foiling Basics
Foil Tack synchrony
How to Foil Tack
The thin Blue Line
foil tack transition
Daniela Moroz
Geenhat
Sam Light
Toe to heel
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