Peter_Frank wrote:The other is tacking where you rotate your body the opposite way around, so if your board heads upwind "left", you turn around "right" (clockwise), with a fast middle step on the front of the board
This is of course the one I'm aiming for in the beginning.
This type is quite easy, compared to the other tack at least, and I can usually manage it almost every time on good days (but will lose it sometimes when waves and chop, which is very common here) because of practice.
You have one advantage - that you dont have to step out of your straps before you tack, you just head upwind with speed into both straps (and you can do the same on a strapped waveboard).
Every other person I have heard this from say to get out of the back strap, and place your backfoot higher on the board. It might just be in the beginning I dunno. Then send the kite the other way and only after that actually push the board and turn with the kite...
I really like that - as standing out of the rear strap is useless on a raceboard (unless a lot of wind/power) IMO
Can you explain this? Every time I feel there is power, I have more control in the strap. Moving the foot forward of the strap and placed in the middle, I've felt has worked better in light wind...that said I am a complete novice in this so...
Here is an older clip from a cold winther/spring day where Bjørn Rune Jensen shows this tack in light wind
I am not racing (but ride A LOT), but I think others can tell us what tack they prefer ? (and maybe different ones in different conditions ?)
Kindly, Peter Frank
nice..super smooth..he defintiely initiates the turning of the kite before making the rest of the tack...how far the kite has moved is kind of hard to say tho....I guess we should have super slow-mo