Once you start making the tacks, the raceboard is a lot more fun. Then you can really make some ground exploring upwind. You lose a lot of ground jibing.
I find the "back to the wind tack" much easier than the "backroll/facing the wind" tack. Especially now that I have the 70 cm board. It's so stable and has so much volume that the board really floats you when you stand on it in the "back to the wind" tack.
This video is with a surfboard, but I thought it was pretty good, and same concept. In most other instructional videos, it seems like they use too much power in the kite and wind up jumping way above the board. I think what you really want is to just hang there with your feet still touching the board and shuffle it around with your feet around:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hwOi6HA8yA
First of all you actually shoot upwind while tacking. More so doing a duck tack.
I'm finally going straight into opposite footstrap, which means there is no support dive of the kite..
for me the there were two major things that got me onto the duck tacks......the has to be pulling in the other direction before moving, and adding more speed the process. Once I had more speed it was pretty easy.