Been working hard every session on this move for at least 6 months, some sessions I just freeride, but typically I spend some solid time on tacking attempts. I'm on a 12m inflatable 90% of the time and on a race foil so I'm learning with a challenging setup.
Today, I nailed 4 water touchdown tacks in a row...2 goofy and 2 regular, I'm doing the same amount of attempts on each stance. I was on so stoked when I was hitting them and even getting my back foot in the strap. I did one later completely airborne but it was wobbly as hell and had to loop it to keep going.
2 keys I've learned for myself recently are as follows and I'm interested if others agree....1) As I begin the carve and then place my back foot in the front strap, I need to have my weight as far forward on the board as possible, if I get lazy in this regard, I end up falling ass first into the the water windward. 2) As I begin the carve, I need to have a little toe down pressure to level the board out a little, not a lot, but enough to allow the foil to level itself as my body does the rest.
This is such a fked up move, the sensations I'm getting now, I don't see how you can get without a 1000 attempts, I'm at least on 1000 attempts, maybe 2000 more like it. What a freaking brutal move to learn, but I'm so happy to see some solid progress recently!
I'm falling a lot windward, I'm not sure if this is b/c of a too late redirect, or not getting my weight enough forward on the board as I mentioned in my tip #1. I rarely get worked downwind, I'm always falling backwards and typically when this happens and I go to place my back foot into the back strap my back foot is way too far windward from the board and I'm all fked. It's almost like my body has spun more than the board so my back foot has no where to go but into the water lol