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markamcclure

Since 20 May 2011
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PostMon May 13, 19 3:24 pm    switch feet or toeside? Reply with quote

On my surfboard, I only make it for about 50-75% of my feet switches. Do most folks at the OR coast switch feet or just alternate between heelside/toeside? I don't like falling too much on the outside.

Should I keep working on my feet switch (90% success rate?) before doing more kiting at the coast? Should I just do more heelside/toeside? I have a harder time going upwind while toeside. Would a switch to strapless make my feet switches more successful? Advice?

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Slappysan

Since 13 Jun 2012
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PostMon May 13, 19 8:12 pm     Reply with quote

You gotta switch your feet or else you'll be stuck doing downwinders. Especially on the coast in the summer.

On a foil it's a different story though.

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wylieflyote

Since 30 Jun 2006
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PostTue May 14, 19 5:43 am     Reply with quote

When I was attempting my first foot-switches I rode with just the front footstrap, as for me it's being trapped in the back footstrap that creates problems.
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caps

Since 23 Dec 2010
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PostTue May 14, 19 7:33 am     Reply with quote

You are good to go NOW to the coast. Most of us at the coast switch just for pure efficiency and to give your favored back leg a break. The first few years I switched much less due to the fear of missing my foot switch in some intimidating conditions. Now I switch almost all the time because I hardly think about it. I know of peeps who never switch. I’ll never forget this guy I watched at Waddell who never switched. He was the best out there of 40+ peeps. He would launch these huge toeside jumps off the face of waves that to this day I still try to emulate with limited success. My preference is to try and stay balanced in my riding by switching feet and tricks both ways. But really, do what makes you happy. It’s kiting- have fun!!!

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Windian

Since 28 Apr 2008
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PostTue May 14, 19 8:48 am     Reply with quote

Individual style is one of the great things about kiteboarding. Whether you ride surfboards, twintips, wakeboards, foils, skimboards, alaias, longboards, snowboards, skis, body drags,or even lunch trays; there is opportunity to develop a unique style within each of the disciplines. Go with what feels good and fun! Your own style will shine through as you grow with the sport. Don't worry about what or how others are riding or doing while you are out having a good time. Have fun first and foremost!

Besides the style development if you are making 50% of your switch stances transitions, then just keep at it because the percentage of completion will go up with time. Being able to switch stance on a surfboard has some significant advantages with being able to add more options to jybing, tacking, reaching, transistions, tricks, and ways of riding waves.

Riding strapless will make it far easier to switch stance as you are not having to deal with getting in and out of straps or having them get in your way. I am not saying that straps are bad or wrong, it is just a different style and way of approaching the water terrain. If you want to huck giant airs and easily motor out through the surf, then straps are your calling. If you want to change up your riding stance easily and do tacks and tricks, then strapless is the way to go.

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Wind Slither

Since 04 Mar 2005
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PostTue May 14, 19 10:17 am     Reply with quote

Like Windian, I don't like it when people tell others how they should ride. However, not getting your switch foot jibes down when wave riding is really limiting. I see guys painfully trying to blast through big surf toe side or always settling for backside wave riding...it's just not good.

I'm in the same boat right now with my floating switch foot jibes on the foil. It's more fun right now for me to just go out and rip around goofy foot and/or do touch down jibes, but I'm on a mission to get real jibes down. Once you get 'em, you got 'em!

Falling in the ocean does suck though, so work on the jibes in warm flat water!

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ldhr

Since 21 Jul 2009
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Hood River
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PostTue May 14, 19 1:27 pm     Reply with quote

My strong side is left foot forward - regular stance for a right-handed person.
Usually I gybe and switch stance on the inside and ride out thru the waves with right foot forward (goofy).

If it's big and rough and hard to get out - I might keep my left foot forward and ride out thru the break on toeside. Once I'm outside I switch feet to better get upwind.

IMO - it's best to have the option.... so it would be a good idea to practice your jibes.

BTW - I ride with one of these straps in the front - it makes gybing, riding toeside, and going upwind way easier.
I even put the strap on my foil boards - makes aerial footswitches a breeze.

https://www.northshoreinc.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=279&idcategory=107

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wylieflyote

Since 30 Jun 2006
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PostTue May 14, 19 1:52 pm     Reply with quote

Nick's Strapless 101 is a big help. Look at 2:30 on this.
https://vimeo.com/13593102

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