Your assumption is correct; right now, I'm trying switching feet first and then carving heelside with a downloop. It's frustrating because I am getting it going goofy to regular on foil, but I just can't seem to hit the new front foot in the right place going regular to goofy. I inevitably get unstable, don't do a quick switch because of the instability, and, with both feet forward, the board touches down.Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:47 amHow do you jibe ?
Three often used ways:
Like a surfboard, going around and switching on the last part.
With big kites (powered) you can switch halfway, when dead downwind.
Or you switch going into the turn, completing the carve afterwards, maybe downlooping the kite.
The two last ones are the typical race jibes.
I assume you are trying the 3rd method, as the two others dont require twisting your hips.
Must say I think you should just keep going, it IS not easy (for a few yes, but most takes forever and some never learns, around here) and takes a long time.
It does not matter if you dont hit the straps, as if you just stand feet a bit further together you are still in balance and it is fine, you can even start this way, meaning it will be just like strapless and then having the strap as a "stop" so a win win so to speak.
You could try strapless, but my experience is it wont make it easier
I'm on my 8th ish sesh. On my 5th sesh I tried what I thought was a timid, careful jibe and I still have a knot on my shin 2 weeks later. I love the barrier to entry on how tough this discipline isrightguard wrote: ↑Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:08 amI was trying to jibe for the first time yesterday and that is dangerous. I felt like I was giving it good tries but they all ended in crashes that either wrapped a line around the foil, smashed my shins or hit my head. I need to learn how to fall without killing myself.