TomW wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:35 pm
Today I discovered something. I'm on my second session trying to do heel to toeside gybes in air and continuing toeside.
Everyone said to keep kite high before turning, but I kept losing power. Ewhat I was doing wrong was bearing off too much.
What I had to do was bring kite to 12 as I bear UPWIND, maintaining pressure in lines, then turn kite quite aggressively and carve around. more of a keyhole turn, more than 180 degree turn.
This helps keep pressure on lines.
This allowed me to do some really smooth carves with good control.
The advice you have been given are plain wrong IMO
Maybe because you have used the word jibe (or gybe), which involves changing feet, as then it is correct, the majority fly the kite high, change feet, and downloop the kite while turning around (the "race" method).
For carving around (not jibing), you should fly the kite pretty low max 45 degrees, and head upwind - then you can do a smooth fluid carve without getting slack lines, and you can even keep momentum (continue on foil) in really light wind, when you have learned the timing.
If you fly the kite high, none of it will work, you will lose power and you will also end up in the new direction toeside with slack lines or at least no power as the kite is too far forward.
The trick is to steer the kite around during the turn, in sync - then it will all work.
For jibing, the same as above is done, but on the way out of the turn, you switch feet when the kite start to lift a bit, but before heading upwind so it pulls you sideways - that is all there is too it (and maybe more than a thousand try's)
Downlooping can be done in two ways:
You head upwind at first, kite really high, and then you downloop during the carve.
Smooth and cool, but risky as you might get slack lines (if light wind or you turn to wide), which results in the kite going in the drink
The other way, which can also be done going really fast deep downwind, is to carve around first, and then downloop the kite afterwards - this will keep tension in the lines and no risk.
Somewhere in between these two are also possible, and will often work the best.
So no, for carving without downloop you should NOT start with the kite high, the more wind the lower it can be, and still give a perfect carve