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your problem is location. go out in the ocean and ride until you see a dolphin .... that was a dolphin right? ... yea, yea it was a dolphin ... but then again ...
then jibe. you're 'bound to nail it.
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@Kitenaked - I can ride toeside (difficulty to go upwind though). I tried swapping foot position before and after the jibe. Doesn't change much.
I watched good video like this one:
Countless time. I really think my board is too small to learn jibing.
I like the idea of using a regular surfboard as I need one anyway to go surfing couple days a year (I suck at surfing but still like it).
Looking around various forum archive, it seems that the best would be a Fish shape?
Another solution is perhaps those Slingshot boards on sales (Tyrant or Verve):
Would that work?
That board doesn't sound unreasonably small for your size. I am sure it is more of a technique problem. Make sure you are powered up as the kite will hold your weight when switching your feet. Strapless is also better for multiple reasons besides learning to jibe.
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imho the fish shape is meant to be short. people try to sell big fish shapes but they're really a worst-of-both-worlds combo between a fish and a long-board. a fish longer than 5'10" would be awkward at your weight. if you want something you can paddle and kite: use a fish shape if shorter than 6', or a standard short-board shape up to 6'6"ish or an egg shape if longer than that.
Someone here on BAK provided a tip a while back which really helped me make (more of) my jibes:
"Don't look at your feet or the board."
Dunno why, but that one pointer made a huge difference for me.
If you surf at all, you already know which is your strong side. That's important to figure out, since you'll be more comfortable doing your jibe heelside or toeside on alternate tacks depending on whether you're regular or goofy.
I'm regular (left foot forward) when riding a wave. For most folks, the dominant foot is the one that is in the back, as it's the one you steer with. Same thing applies for snowboarding.
For somebody who's regular, when you're on port tack, you can hit the jibe without repositioning your feet......start carving by shifting to toes....get that good carve all the way through the turn......then continue riding toeside out of the turn, or re-position your feet. Try to keep planing and keep the kite powered......quick footwork when powered is easier than depowering the kite and doing a shuffle (I think, some disagree when learning).
If you keep riding on starboard toeside, you don't need to reposition your feet....carve through the next turn by shifting to heels. A good downwinder doing S turns sining the kite back and forth will get you the feel for it quick.
If you have changed foot position after your last turn, I find it easier to change back to a toeside position prior to doing the next turn.....ie port tack, carve and change, starboard, change and carve. Jibing on a directional for a regular foot should be done with your left foot forward, as it maximizes the control and power you can apply.
Everybody's different and some folks are ambidextrous and can do everything just as easily switch.....some people are comfortable going both ways.
It's easier to learn this without straps.....as it's just one less thing to worry about.
The beauty of jibing this way is the carve......so it's best to learn how to do it keeping the power on......take the power off and you have less chance of planing through the turn.
Carving.....it's all about carving.......
I was told something similar, that went along the lines of, "If you find yourself falling over in front of your board, stop looking at your feet; if you're falling over backwards, behind your board, stop looking at your kite."
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Get a cheap big surfboard. I am a 200lb guy and I was trying to learn it on a strapped 5'8" surfboard. It was taking forever but I went out with Ovi on a 6'6" floaty surfboard and it was much easier. Things seemed to just slow down a bit.
http://www.iksurfmag.com the free UK online kiteboarding magazine has some awesome TT and surfboard tricks including: waterstart a strapless surfboard, jibes and many other tricks. They usually show the tricks via text, pictures and a movie. Here is the link for the strapless surfboard jibe:
http://www.iksurfmag.com/issue26/?t=Sur ... e&page=107
http://www.iksurfmag.com/issue28/?t=Sur ... ue&page=73
This has helped me tremendously.
Come see me and I will give you some pointers, I have demonstrated to a lot people to jibe and tack.
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