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746Tip7: How to jibe

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  • cglazier@home.com
    Dec 2, 2000
      [Here is a web site with a good sequence of jibing pictures:]


      [Here are some jibing tips from the kitesurf egroup archive:]

      You need to be sailing along comfortably on a reach - not too much
      power. Bring the kite up a little to about 45 degrees, depending on
      the wind strength. Take your back foot out of the footstrap and place
      it behind the new frontstrap where it will be ready to slip in
      without to much fumbling later. On the 230 you can be fairly
      heavyfooted with this movement as it helps to slow the board down.
      Sail on for a second on the reach until you feel the board slow down.
      Too much speed with all that volume will make it difficult when
      you're pointing downwind to maintain control. Then start to bring the
      kite over to the other side via the top of the window - too low and
      you'll be suddenly overpowered, too high and you'll lose momentum. A
      moment after starting to move the kite across, apply some weight to
      your old backfoot and lift a little with your old frontfoot. Most
      important is to keep your knees bent with your body weight low and
      lean your weight into the turn. The board will now be pointing on the
      new reach. As soon as the kite is on the new edge of the window and
      quite high, make a conscious effort to dive the kite down low to
      accelerate you off on the new tack, before the kite loses too much
      power at the edge. Once planing again with stability back in the
      board, slide your old backfoot into the new front strap and take your
      old frontfoot out of the strap and place it just in front of the
      backstrap. Sail on like that for a moment concentrating on getting
      the right amount of power from the kite and when you're happy locate
      the backstrap with your new backfoot by touch and slide your foot in -
      this used to be the most tricky moment for me if it was choppy.

      Practice and practice some more until its smooth and you don't have
      to think. I miss smooth jibes since I sold my directional for a


      Jibing is FUN, & REALLY easy (compared to jibing a sailboard). If
      it's the stance switch that bothers you (that's the only part
      that's "easier" on a twin tip) it's no problem at all to come out of
      the turn without even switching your feet & get stable on the new
      tack before doing so.


      To turn on a directional board with foot straps is not as difficult
      as you think it is. 1.What to do with the kite depends on how powered
      up you are - very powered up you will keep it at the top of the
      window less powered up farther down. as with a buggy you turn the
      kite before the board - but not as much with kitesurfing there is
      enough drag that you can turn the board and kite almost together 2.
      What to do with the feet - you can switch the feet before during or
      after the jibe. Easiest for a beginner is to switch feet after the
      jibe... take the back foot out before carve the turn - keep carving -
      keep carving and then carve toe down for a while as you sail away -
      it is easier to switch feet if the board is moving - do it in one
      quick move - you can do both feet at once. 3.General advice - keep
      the knees bent - look for a piece of smooth water (in between waves,
      not over waves) and try to use the waves to your advantage - jibe
      downhill rather than uphill

      S. R.

      Ken winner videos are good:

      "how to rip"
      "how to rip harder" <--- you probably want this one


      Hung Vu's kitesurf school website has good jibing tips in the "How
      to" section:

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