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Jibe a Directional Kiteboard

[The equipments have changed a lot since these photos were taken; however, the techniques stay the same].

Sequence 1 (light wind)

The wind is rather light. The kitesurfer is turning the kite around and pressing his back foot on the downwind rail to turn down wind. The kitesurfer is using the vertical lift component of the kite to reduce his weight to keep the board planning fast during the turn. He is looking straight ahead to see where he is going.
The kite and the board continue to turn. The kitesurfer keeps his knee bent to have more balance on the board. He is looking at his kite to make sure it is at the right position where he wants it to be.
The kite and the board have completed the turn. The kitesurfer is now sailing in a toe-down position. He is glancing down on the board to prepare for switching his feet.
The kitesurfer is changing his feet (using small steps). His new front foot is in the front strap. His back foot is just in front of the back strap. He is now glancing back at the kite to start diving it down. (note how light the wind is; the windsurfer in the background has barely moved since the previous photo)

Sequence 2 (strong wind)

The wind is stronger. The kitesurfer is turning the kite around and press his back foot on the downwind rail to turn the board down wind. (Note the position of the kitesurfer relative to the background in the subsequent photos). He is looking straight ahead to see where he is going.
The kite and the board have completed the turn. The kitesurfer is now sailing in a toe-down position. He is glancing down on the board to prepare for switching his feet.
The kitesurfer is changing his feet (using small steps). His new front foot is in the front strap. His back foot is just in front of the back strap (or in the back strap). He is now glancing back at the kite to prepare to dive it down.

Sequence 3 (strong wind)

The kitesurfer is pressing the downwind rail of the board to turn down wind. The kitesurfer is leaning his body toward the center of the turn to make the board turn faster.
The kitesurfer continues to press the downwind rail to complete the turn.
The turn is now completed. The kitesurfer is sailing in a toe-down position and preparing to switch feet.

All the photos on this page were taken by Jan Pina for the Kitesurfing School.

 


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