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GURGLETROUSERS



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good grief Whitevan - quote...'I prefer to go on short runs and see how many gybes/tacks I can do in a specified amount of time.'

The mind boggles! Careful you don't generate a whirlpool, and suck yourself down. Wink

Some of us prefer' long voyages' (unless surfing) and to GO somewhere. But as you say, have fun!
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whitevan01



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GT, haha, but I'm not that good.
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boardsurfr



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fxop wrote:
My goal has been as Wyatt says to try to rip the front strap off the board
I have actually pulled out a front foot strap insert during a jibe on a 80 cm wide board with outboard straps. But jibing on a FS or FSW board makes things a lot easier - with front footstraps mounted close to the centerline and set wide, toes can cross the centerline, and front foot toe pressure can contribute to the carve.

fxop wrote:
The water "sees" a rubbery, wobbly shape
Any kind of wobble will be a problem in a jibe. Both side-to-side and back-to-front wobble will kill speed and can throw you off. A well balanced stance with weight on both feet (instead of mostly on the back foot) will make it a lot easier to keep the board carve steadily, especially in chop. A lot of advice on jibe initiation is about getting you in such a nicely balanced posture. Spennie's "move the front foot" is one such example.

Spennie wrote:
if you took your front foot out of the strap and put it right behind the mast step, then stepped on it, you'd get even better results. Probably not a good idea while wavesailing, however.
Also not a good idea on slalom boards. I occasionally do this on freeride gear, but stopped trying on slalom boards after a rather nasty catapult.

The orientation of the back foot during the jibe is a related issue, I think. In older jibe videos (e.g. Alan Cadiz), the back foot is set at a right angle to the center line. Newer instruction (e.g. Dasher & ABK) has the back foot angled towards the front at about a 45 degree angle. The forward foot orientation appears to work a lot better, at least on modern gear.
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