A whole session without touching the sea is the promise of the jibe. Jiber allows you to turn around and provides an exhilarating feeling of acceleration. It is also the fundamental manoeuvre to start having fun on the swell and tackle your first waves in WingFoil. Moreover, mastering this technique will allow you to progress in Wing waveriding, and to achieve
Bottom Turn on a wave. Once acquired, the jibe allows to link surfs and edges, without ever leaving the pleasure of the flight. Wondering how to make your first Wing Foil jibe? Here is our advice.
Just like in Windsurfing, jibing in Wing-Foil allows you to turn around with the wind at your back. This manoeuvre is learned before tacking as it is easier to do. Before starting, choose a flat water, without too many people, with 15 to 20 knots of wind, without onshore wind. In addition, it will be easier to start without straps. You are more mobile to catch up with your mistakes and thus to correct possible support errors on the board.
To achieve a successful jibe in WingFoiling, there are two essential methods. The Regular Stance or Jibe to Switch, which requires you to change your stance once you have completed the curve. It is also very simple because you attack the curve facing the wing to exit from the back. The second method is the Switch Stance or Switch to Jibe, which requires you to reverse your feet before initiating the turn. This jibe is the most accessible, as you don’t have to worry about swapping feet at the end of the curve. However, this is very personal. You may feel more comfortable doing a standard jibe on one side and a switch to jibe on the other. It is up to you to test both to see which one is easier for you.
How to jibe in Wing Foil?
Before explaining these two methods in detail, here are some basic rules:
- Jibe on your natural stance(goofy or regular).
- Look around to avoid a crash by lifting the wing to see the trajectory in front of the leading edge or by putting the wing in an “umbrella”.
- Check the wind direction and your speedbefore engaging in the manoeuvre (a jibe will always be from broadside to broadside).
- In order to switch your feet with as much balance as possible, position the kite a little more overhead to better see your trajectory.
- To switch your feet, pressing down on the back leg will bring up the foiland thus give you a little more time to switch feet.
- Engage your jibe by pressing the board on the inside of the curve.