Session 168 - 12 February 2012
It seemed like an eternity since I last kitesurfed. Later or Sunday a sea breeze stronger than the forecast came in. It was south east so I headed for Mentone.
It was overcast, and remembering that I got cold during my last session, I donned my 3/2 wetsuit, even thought it is still summer.
The task today was gybing (jibing). I took out the Sector 60 and was immediately having fun. The wind was good and the water was clean (despite pollution warnings).
I attempted some gybes and got around to toeside but fell off when I tried to reposition my feet. Sometimes I got my rear foot forward, but lost balance and fell when I tried to bring my front foot back. I let the kite get too low too.
The BINGO - I did my first gybe! It was on my strong side, from left tack to right tack. It felt great and I am not sure exactly how I did, or what I did differently. Bringing the rear foot forward and getting it straight into the foot strap certainly aids stability.
I got around to toeside on my weak site (from right tack to left) but then just fell of the board.
I crashed my kite hard on one attempt and tangled the linemount a bit so I headed back downwind to the beach and landed my kite after grabbing another kite while mine was in the air. The line mount was bent back but not broken. I took it off and stashed in it my bag then headed out again.
Going upwind so easily on the Sector 60 is quite an experience. I did some small jumps off waves on the way out too. These felt OK but I am wary of doing a big jump and landing hard.
I succeeded in completing a total of 4 gybes this session - all on my strong side. This was very pleasing, but I have a way to go yet to gybe consistently. The balance is very tricky. After nearly 2 hours it was time to come in. I did some really nice fast downwind runs - the Sector 60 really screams down the bay swell.
Here is the gybe sequence
|On left tack|
|Carving to toeside (right tack)|
|Bringing kite back up|
|Rear foot forward into foot strap, front foot coming back|
Thanks Peter, I brought a Sector60 just like yours, haven't tried to gyb it yet but these pictures will be a great help when I do.
Good stuff Rick. Its hard to learn, but is a good challenge. Just keep at it.
We can do some big tours on this boards, maybe even across to Portarlington!
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