Don Monnot wrote:I've got a Sector 60 (race board), version 1, that I'm still having trouble jibing. I'm sure it's because I don't ride it often enough, and really concentrate on it. I'm just wondering about how tough it would be to ride it strapless, since the foot pressure needed for the race board seems different than for a surf-style directional. The race board really likes to go very fast upwind (and downwind), but in a straight line. Jibing seems to require slowing it way down, and then doing more of a pivot jibe than a carving jibe. What say the experts?
Don, I would keep the straps on for now and practice this method of jibing your next time out. The Sector V1 is a very easy board to jibe. Its width and stability make it quite for forgiving. The only "secret" is practice, but I find when I must make a turn and not fall, I switch my stance first then jibe the board. The way to do this is, have your kite about 11o'clock and go up wind slightly(This changes with wind strength ,Lets say your moderatly powered). Move your back foot out of the strap and place it in front of the rear strap. Then, move that foot into the front strap while keeping your other foot in the
front strap for a brief moment. Bring your front foot to the back so now you are riding toe side. If you have lost some speed, bear off a little, then send the kite up and around,starting your turn.
As you get better, you can switch your feet before,during or after the turn. Always use the kite to provide balance and some lift. Good luck! Now if i could only tack better....lol