The safe entry into your jibing routine: descend from foil flight and from the moment of solid water contact the jibe is carried out like a classic power jibe.
Step 3: Shift and Sail Away
The stance remains wide and controlled with pressure on the leeward rail. Rotate the sail and swiftly swap your hands to the other side of the boom. Sheet in, slide the new front foot into the strap and start sailing in the new direction.
Step 2: Prepare the Jibe
Keep your forward and your legs bent throughout the turn. When swapping feet, place them centered and in front of the foil so that the board does not lift out of the water. Fully extended the backhand so that the airflow continues to push the sail to generate forward propulsion. Keep the front hand near the mast to enable quick sail rotation.
Step 1: Initiate the Jibe
In normal foil flight, start to reduce speed and lean forward to get the board back on the water in a controlled manner. Before starting to turn, take the rear foot out of the strap. Doing this later during the turn would unnecessarily disturb the balance. Initiate the jibe is by bearing off to a reach and continue to push the leeward rail.
Complete the full turn flying on the foil.
Step 4: Foot Work
Swapping your feet is smoothest while shifting. The feet remain quite far back to even the foil lift.
Step 3: Sail Shift
Before shifting the sail, move the front hand next to the mast which is the axis of sail rotation. Keep it close to you to maintain balance. Cross grip quickly to the other side of the boom. Avoid unnecessary hand movement.
Step 2: Initiate the Jibe
Start to carve and lean into the turn. Focus on how high you are flying! Extend the rear arm to invite the wind to rotate the sail automatically which makes the sail flip effortless with no negative effect on the board movement.
Step 1: Prepare the Jibe
Unhook and move your back out of the strap onto the leeward rail early! This stabilizes your flight and gives you more time. Straighten up your body. Move your backhand further back on the boom to maintain and control the sail pressure.
Tip: Foot Work
Best to place your new front foot directly in the forward foot strap.
A common mistake is to keep sheeting in with the rear hand, and all of a sudden it will be hard to rotate the sail without getting backwinded or influencing the board.