lbatbeach wrote:Thanks for the tips. I saw a guy tack several times on the inside at Shacks PR. He does it fast which enables him to stay higher up wind and get right back out to the main break. I was kiting too so I did not get a chance to really watch how he did it. He was riding a wave directional less than 6 feet. It looked to me like he would move his front foot above the strap, sink the board, and then pivot. But I did not see what he was doing with the kite at the same time.
Someone suggested that you could reverse your kite, begin to ride backwards and shove the tail out commencing the board to pivot. Anybody do it this way?
Havent been out lately but hope to get practicing soon.
What you describe he is doing, sounds like a "nose tack" as we do (did...) it in windsurfing.
Very fun in windsurfing - stepping out on the nose (the boards are bigger/floatier than kiteboards), so you actually lift the fin(s) out of the water and tack (jibe in some respect) this way
I've never tried it myself on a kite waveboard - but kiting on 7-9' malibus I often do this - great fun and quite easy
But a tack on a smaller waveboard, with speed and as little "loss" of planing as possible ?
I havent seen it - but would like to see how "far" it can be pushed
Kindly, Peter Frank