A sea breeze was forecast and blowing at Hampton this afternoon so I headed down late in the day. It has been nice to rest for a few days, but cabin fever was starting to set in after over 10 days off the water. I met Stuart at the beach and we joined about 6 other kiters already out.
I took out the Switchblade 10 as I was on the Sector 60; most other kites were 12m or bigger. I had no trouble getting some good speed and going upwind. It was lovely to get on the water again.
My task for today was to practice jibing. I tried quite a few, and actually managed to do two successful jibes - the first ever. However, I was not able to consolidate my feet and ended up coming off the board anyway. Jibing is hard folks. It is as hard to learn as getting up and going the first time, or maybe even harder.
Here was my progress:
- Move foot out of rear foot strap (OK)
- Initiate carve to toeside (from left to right tack). OK, but perhaps a bit slow
- Riding toeside. OK
- Bring rear foot forward. OK (a few times)
- Bring front foot back. OK (twice)
- Get feet reset in foot straps. No good (twice).