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Air Jibes

     Air jibes are a great way to practice jumps between tacking upwind and/or add variety to your transitions.  This trick requires a great deal of improvisation while you are in the air, depending on the timing, height and speed of the jump

 

Prerequisites:

     Jumping proficiency.

 

To the Point:

    Do a jump where the kite goes a bit past 12 o'clock, but when you reach the apex of the jump at the kite is at 12 o'clock, don't bring the kite back forward again, dive it down the other side of the window.

 

The Detailed Explanation:

Step One:
Do a jump where you bring the kite past 12 o'clock to stop your air speed.  The further you allow the kite to go past 12 o'clock the more the kite will pull you in the other direction and kill your air speed.  Ideally, you don't want to be moving in the air once you reach the apex of your jump.

Step Two:
Dive the kite down the other side of the wind window so the kite is at the 45 degree mark right when you hit the water.

 

Words Of Wisdom:

     The kite usually needs to pause at 12 o'clock before coming down to the other side.  How long the pause is, is determined by the height of the jump and the kite's turning speed.

     Make sure to aggressively dive the kite down on the other side of the wind window.

     If you jump really high, you can swing the kite from 12 o'clock to 1 o'clock, or from 1 o'clock to 12 o'clock before bringing it down on the side of the window that you intend to land on.