Re: Long Reaches are not necessary with a bidirectional or wakeboard
You are right, the guys with a windsurfing background like those long
reaches. I just wanted to point out that long reaches are not
necessary on a kiteboard, especially a bidirectional. You are also
right about creative jibes on a bidirectional or wakeboard. There
are tons of cool jibes that you can do to add style. The kite
surfing videos show so many variations.
Another fun thing to do is to go upwind and then do long downwind
reaches carving from toe to heelside. Of course, this is a lot more
fun if you have some waves to ride.
I guess what I am trying to say is that kite surfing is so much more
flexible than windsurfing. You can ride near the shore and do
multiple jibes, carves, etc. You don't have to just go back and
forth on your heelside.
--- In ksurfschool@y..., hungvu@n... wrote:
> Most directional riders has windsurfing background so they tend to
> like doing long reaches (a pleasure in windsurfing).
> Once you know how to jibe, it's a piece of cake and you can jibe
> anytime such that long reaches may not be a neccessity (for
> comparison, a windsurfer need 1-2 years to jibe properly while it
> take only a few months for a kiteboarder)
> P.S., I start adding a lot of style (mostly heel-turn) to my jibe
> bidirectional now to make it almost as artistic as on directional.
> If the wind cooperates and I can have more time on the water, I
> try to do 360 on water (using the "falling leave" technique of
> --- In ksurfschool@y..., fernmanus@y... wrote:
> > On Saturday I kitesurfed at a local lake with one other guy. The
> > wind was light (8 - 12 mph). He was on a directional board,
> > was on my big 181 litewave bidirectional. I noticed that he
> > all the way across the lake before jibing and coming back. This
> > due to the difficulty of jibing on a directional. I would go out
> > few hundred yards and jibe staying close to the shore all the
> > while also staying upwind. This strategy really paid off when
> > wind decided to shut down. I was able to land at my starting
> > while my friend was stuck on the other side of the lake. I am
> > not sure how long is took him to get back. I had no way of
> > him. It appeared that a boat picked him up while I was packing
> > gear into my car.
> > The other advantage was that I was able to avoid the big chop in
> > middle of the lake caused by boat traffic. I was able to stay in
> > nice bay with relatively flat water. This allowed me to ride
> > toeside, load up nicely for jumps, and hear the cheers from shore
> > when I launched big.
> > A lot of people with a windsurfing background are used to going
> > the way across a lake or a mile out to sea before turning around
> > coming back. If you kiteboard in an uncrowded area, there is no
> > reason to go a long distance from shore. It is nice to be close
> > the shore if the wind dies, lines get tangled, etc.
> > Kenny