Re: Tacking (was Perfect jibing art)
- I have seen someone doing jumping tack in Maui early 1999 (probably
Flash as most people were at the learning stage or not a kitesurfer yet
at that time). Here is the description of the move (from my log):
I was windsurfing with a 4.7 m2 sail in 20 - 30 knots of wind and saw a
guy going out kitesurfing in an expert manner (new note: he was using a
Wipika Classic 5.0 with a 2 or 3 straps directional board around 6' or
6'6"). He seemed to go upwind very well and very fast (new note: his
speed almost match that of the fastest windsurfers for shorter runs -
there was one or two other kitesurfers and they were pretty slow while
going upwind). His jump was fabulous, very high up in the air and very
soft landing. He used a very strange move to go upwind. I would call
it tacking. Following are the steps he used:
1. While going, he moved the kite up.
2. When the kite reached around 75 degrees vertically, he jumped
and rotated the board 180 degrees toward the back. The board now
pointed to the new direction; he was facing the wind and the kite was at
3. He turned around by moving his front leg just before the back
straps and then inserted his back foot to the front straps. He then
slid his new back foot in to the back strap before diving the kite to
get going in the new direction.
I guess a carving tack could be more challenging and I would guess you
need to have the kite at zenith before turning your body around
otherwise it would make you fall backward (so I guess the kite movement
would be the same for both types of tack)
A downwind carving 360 could be slightly less challenging than a upwind
carving 360 as you don't have to deal with this kite-pulling backward as
you can lean your body in the new angle once the board pass 270 degrees.
I will try to learn carving tack and carving 360 latter this spring and
this summer (of course not now in cold water ;-)
> Mark Frasier <brockus@...> writes:
> > Is anyone doing tacks?
> Hmmmmm.... I hadn't thought of doing carving 360s UPwind. If tacking is
> possible, an UPwind carving 360 might be too.
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