I've done enough failed tacks now that I'm starting to get aggravated with the move that I need to focus on the technique vs just winging it.
I am sheeting out nicely, carving up nicely although I don't know if I am carving too much or not enough, then I sheet in to get some lift... but my first issue is putting the back foot into the front strap. Am I correct that this is basically a pigeoned toed move seen in the below pic? Fuck what a tough challenge this move is! Don't laugh, I made this replica board to the dimensions of my board to figure out this fking move lol.
I'll try to get some video of my attempts next time I am out...that should help.
Also, your weight is almost completely supported by the kite when you're in this position. If you're not supported by the kite at this point, pull in on the bar more. Practicing the footwork without the kite support probably won't help much.
Keep at it! You only need to fall about 500 times to get good at tacking
Foil tacking is a fine balance of many things. You can either try hundreds of times and proceed by elimination like I did, or much faster, have an experienced rider who knows how to tack watch you and point out what you are doing wrong.
Worth all the trouble and once you have learned it you will wonder why it took so long to learn
Did an amazing thing (for me) yesterday. Strapless on my hydrofoil, tacked full speed on the face of a wave as I was heading out and managed to keep control as I was riding back down the face.
Got to setup a gopro on nose of board, then edit the move on some classic swing music
Tried only once to tack, ended up in me being slingshot downwind when I sheeted in a bit backroll style, board kept foiling 40 feet upwind of me
This is what happens for almost everyone at first, spot on.
Also when learning 360's you will find the same, your board continues far away in almost the same direction, while you yourself change direction and sometimes end up downwind yes.
It will come, but when learning you typically has too much forward speed and pull the kite up and back too fast - thus above will happen.
You will also turn in an incorrect way, not sufficient "yaw" movement, apart from not coordinating correct - thus your board will continue straight while you "fly around"
Be sure that your front foot straps are loose enough for your back foot to easily slide in (and for your original front foot to easily slide out).
If you don't get your back foot into the front strap it is very difficult to complete your tack.
The tack is a difficult move to master and once you can do them you will have reached a significantly higher level in hydrofoiling.