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Re: flying foot switch - advice needed

Postby Foil » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:17 am

when i get this flying foot switch tidied up and smooth looking then the flying tack is maybe next to try, although when i mentioned this to Gunnar 5 weeks back at Flag beach he gave one of those looks and asked why, he said they are crazy hard to do and only really needed if you want to race.
and as a guide to how hard they are he says even the race guys fall off sometimes when tacking, yikes.

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Re: flying foot switch - advice needed

Postby Jugglajon » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:17 am

Foil
Why learn to tac when not a racer??
Because it feels great to learn something new. Because it is a challenge. Because you're a foiler. Because when you nail it it feels amazing.

The tack is difficult, but not much more than the flying foot change to jibe. The tack came first for me. Try tack to toeside and 360s as these all use similar techniques.

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Re: flying foot switch - advice needed

Postby junebug » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:28 pm

Foil wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:17 am
when i get this flying foot switch tidied up and smooth looking then the flying tack is maybe next to try, although when i mentioned this to Gunnar 5 weeks back at Flag beach he gave one of those looks and asked why, he said they are crazy hard to do and only really needed if you want to race.
and as a guide to how hard they are he says even the race guys fall off sometimes when tacking, yikes.
I’m working on the tack now. It took me waaaaaay longer to get a flying jibe with foot switch than it is taking to learn the flying tack with foot switch. I was able to do a tack to toeside well before even trying a tack with a foot switch, so that is half the battle, but I made the first tack with foot switch that I ever tried. It took me thousands and thousands and thousands of tries to get the flying jibe with foot switch before I even came close.

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Re: flying foot switch - advice needed

Postby oregonkiter » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:28 am

Junebug (or anyone else) I am at about 100% on flying foot switch gybes now. Keys for me have been unweighting with kite, stepping forward vs back, and snapping the hips.

I would like to start to learn flying tacks now. Any tips for me on steps to getting there? Skill progression etc? I was okay'ish at tacks on a strapless surfboard--50% or so.

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Re: flying foot switch - advice needed

Postby junebug » Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:25 pm

I’m certainly no expert on tacks yet, but the way I did it was to become very comfortable (basically 100%) with tacks to toeside first before even trying a tack with a foot switch.

From there, the only real adjustments I had to make were: (1) be sure to keep your center of gravity over the board (I found I could cheat on this and recover without a footswitch), (2) flatten the board a little before the footswitch, (3) use two hands and keep pulling in on the bar through the footswitch,(4) give the rear of the board a little push during the upwind carve, (5) the footswitch should come after you have gotten the board around dead upwind, (6) dive the kite aggressively after the footswitch, (7) keep weight on the back foot until the downward dive of the kite allows you to ride away on foil.

I’m using tubes, and being powered really helps.


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