Kitesurf strapless: video tutorial

5 ways to change direction with jibe and tack

Upwind Tack, backroll tack, jibe toeside and hellside, ... what am I talking about? Jibe, tack and the like with your kitesurfing surfboard, of course. There are several ways to change direction with a directional kitesurf board, from the simplest and most basic to the most complex. If you are approaching kitesurfing with a directional board, perhaps strapless, the first thing to do is to know them all and learn them, because it is absolutely time to overcome the phase of " I go back to toe side, so I always have the same foot in front " , not to mention those who " when I get to the bottom of the edge I jump into the water, turn the table and leave ", 

Sembra incredibile ma ci sono davvero molti modi per cambiare bordo e soprattutto c'è sempre tanta confusione in chi si avvicina ad un surfino, tanto che le domande più frequenti dei principianti sono sempre: "come faccio a girare"? "Devo cambiare i piedi quando cambio bordo?" Ma i piedi li devo cambiare prima o dopo la curva?

Andiamo con ordine e cominciamo con il modo più semplice per cambiare bordo (mura) la strambata.


Jibe is without a doubt the easiest way to change tack with your kitesurf board. In practice, the jibe (also called stern tack) is a change of tack made by passing with the stern in favor of the wind and reversing the direction of the kite. After completing the turn, you are in toeside, so you will need to change your feet.

For those familiar with the English names of maneuvers and gaits this is a heelside to toeside gybe with subsequent  footswap

This video shows the technique very well:



Especially at the beginning it is common to lose traction and sink at the exit of the corner. To remedy this, tighten slightly before entering the carvata. Furthermore, the timing with the sail is fundamental: the sail must anticipate the carve, not follow it.


A different possibility, which many find even easier, is to change feet before changing walls. In this way we find ourselves preparing the carve in toeside, coming out with the "right" foot from the jibe. Here is a video showing how to do it.

Apart from the timing of the foot change, which in this case occurs before and not after, there are no other important differences. Both variants are important and useful to learn, also because many are happy to change feet after the jibe when sailing with the dominant foot in front, while they prefer to change feet first when sailing with the other foot forward. 


In both cases, the change of feet is the most delicate moment for all beginners. Many face it directly with a single movement, some even with the jump. Of course, a quick and decisive change of feet is the goal to achieve, but for the first few times, don't be afraid to take small steps, literally.

The advice is to never lose contact with the table. Avoid changing feet on the fly at the beginning. 
Instead, try to do it slowly. Bring your rear foot closer to your front foot and then bring your front foot back. Help yourself by being supported by the sail and keeping some speed to stabilize the board under your feet.
Here is a video that shows these steps well.



Not everyone is at ease with kiteloops ... but I assure you that a downloop, especially in the jibe phase, has nothing scary or dangerous, indeed it can be a very valuable aid for those who always exit the curve with too little speed and it tends to sink. The downloop provides that extra power needed to tackle the jibe faster, even in light wind conditions. 

The important thing is to do it decisively, without second thoughts. And remember that the tighter and faster the kite turns, the less power it releases ... so if you plan to do it slowly to start gradually, you are wrong!




Once you have become familiar and assimilated the jibe and the change of feet, it is time to move on to the next step: the tack (tack). 

The turn is the fastest way to change tack and which allows you to lose less water, because instead of carrying out a caravat by sending the board in favor of the wind, the bow is sent into the wind and turns, practically on the spot. 

The technique is pretty simple:

1. tighten hard against the wind

2. Bring the kite over you and pull the bar to lift you just enough to relieve the pressure on the board

3. kick with the rear foot to make the board conclude a 180 ° upwind, and send the kite back to restart, after changing stance

Here is a nice video where Airton himself shows us how.



By adding a body rotation to the tack, you get a backroll Tack ...


In summary

Another video to see these maneuvers from a different perspective, this time performed by Alberto Rondina.

 Good workout!

Pubblicato il 26 agosto 2020 | Blog > Technique: KITESURF