Dude, I am in the same exact boat as you. Yell at me if you ever have a break thru, lol. I tried them above water without any thought towards technique for about 300 attempts while I was jumping like crazy and having a good time free riding the foil over the past 3 months. I am now dead set on learning this move. I don't ride toe side or want to learn jibes b/c of the speed needed(I'm on a race foil) and I have fallen on my board doing this enough to remember the pain. Tacks are tougher to learn, but in my opinion less painful.
Get someone to coach you. I find that it is really helpful when someone points out exactly where your week points are. I have coached a lot of people who have watched my Foiling Basics Tack video, but did not see that they were not executing key point properly. Especially kite position and timing are key elements of the manoeuvre, but are really hard to judge if you are doing it right by yourself.
davesails7 wrote: ↑Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:42 pmMy breakthrough was realizing I was turning the board too early. I needed the kite to be much further ahead of me through the turn than I thought.
Having a big foil kite makes everything much easier too because it floats you through the turn. Being powered in general makes the tack easier.
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