How to Gybe a surfboard

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Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:04 am

waverider wrote:Is it possible to do this without being very 'pen-toed' ? At least half of my gybing problem comes from poor flexibility around the hips though on the other hand if I pushed the buggers a little more they may-well work better. Also, once I get started I think I'll invent my own-way round.
Maybe the rotating strap would be easier on the hips as well as the knees? The gybe in the vid seems to require less rotation, but a 3 strap board would also do the same thing." onclick=";return false;
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Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:36 am

ronnie wrote: Maybe the rotating strap would be easier on the hips as well as the knees?
Thanks for the idea, I think my main problem is 'Ass-trouble'. I had some frightening stabs of pain whilst trying the gybe last year, I then gave-up on the idea. Recently my cobalt-steel hips and bony-structure have been given the 'all-clear' but I have a tendonitis, one side worse than the other. This is shortly going to be dealt with by a piece of wood between my teeth as they slide a needle in then squirt some steriod at the offending area.

Once I'm recovered from that I'll get on with some gybing. It was awesome seeing those mechanical joints and the surrounding tissue on a scanner, Doctor said all the supporting muscle and tissue is well-developed and working, just unfortunate I have this bloody inflamation though I seem to have spent most of my adult life with elbow, shoulder and now hip tendonitis. (Actually called trocantor bursitis)

All looking good Eh. :-D

I made a big mistake selling my Takoon burning 5'8". Yes it was a little small for strapless and the 6'2" will be perfect but for strapped riding on windier days it's the first surfboard I ever used where the straps are in the right place for me. I'm sure other boards are just as good, I just didn't get to use them so surely I'm entitled to pimp the Burning 5'8".

I used the 6'2" strapped a couple of weeks ago, for my 75 kilos the board was an inappropriate choice for the conditions of the day, bouncing around and taking-off at any and every opportunity. It was difficult keeping the bugger on the sea it's such a light board.

I can feel a replacement 5'8" coming-on.
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Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:24 pm

Managed my first gybes on Tuesday at Hunstanton. My main issue was that I couldn't ride natural (left foot forward) so I gave that a go first then progressed onto gybes and managed a few successfully before it got too cold. I found it easier to start the gybe going down wind just prior to the carve and being strapless also helped.

I had such a great session, it's only about 6th time I've ridden strapless and at times I almost forgot I was riding without the straps.
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Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:40 pm

Good one POT BELLY!

I find it easier when gybing to keep your kite high travelling accross the window to almost give you a weightless feeling making the whole foot changing process slightly easier.

Don't rush it either, depending on the size of your board you can really slow the turn down, but the slower you go your board might feel slightly unstable when re-positioning your feet.

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Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:16 pm

Had a great session at Mersea Island today and got on really well with the gybes. I find it easier when going from goofy to natural, to complete the toeside carve then swap feet but when I'm going from natural to goofy i start the carve and when the board is facing down wind with the kite high I make the switch, I think it's may be because my toeside riding natural is weak :|
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Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:41 pm

Had another great session today, quite flat but ideal for practising the gybes. I found going on a port tack natural stance then switching my feet prior to the carve easier than starting the carve then chenging feet. I still find it easier on a port tack to carve to toeside then do the switch. I've got some video footage from last weekend, the camera is attached to my kite but you can just about see the gybes, I will post it up here when I get some better footage.
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Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:13 pm

Put this together from my second real session trying gybes. not as consistent as my session on Thursday but I didn't film that." onclick=";return false;
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Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:43 pm

This method looks good. Obviously he is the current PKRA Waves champion, but it looks a bit like a twintip slide turn.

Back foot in front of rear strap, carve upwind and swing the kite over to support your weight and scissor your feet to turn the board round. You dont lose distance downwind, it is done in a very small space, and once you get it, it looks like its a high percentage move.

You see a couple in this (the best one is at 1 minute in)" onclick=";return false;

and there are a couple in this, not quite so clean, but it shows that its adaptable to different situations." onclick=";return false;
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:26 am

the one bit of advice ive learnt is no matter if you switch before or after gybe, dont dwell on the foot switch. get it done quickly or u end up losing balance with 2 feet in wrong place of board and going over
if you get feet switch done quickly u just lean back and the kite holds u up and u can get time to adjust your feet till comfortable
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