It's 2006 - the year of the directional. One day people will look back and reflect on 2006 just as they do now on 2002 - the year of the board off and twintip.
The world's top riders are doing much more than pimping this style of board. They are proving that these boards are pushing kiteboarding into a new direction. Kitesurfing.
People are taking notice of these boards as they are quickly filling up local beach breaks around the world. With more and more people moving into the surf style direction we thought it would be a good idea to do a step by step guide on how to jibe a directional.
1) Initiate a heelside to toeside turn and head the opposite direction.
2) Head slightly downwind and start getting your back foot out.
3) Keep the kite in a fairly high position in the window. Make sure you go downwind and that you are not going too fast or too slow. Too slow and you will loose your balance - too fast and you will need too much board control.
Take your back foot out and position your back foot next to your front foot. The toes of your back foot should touch the toes of your front foot sticking out of the foot strap.
As the front foot strap on a directional board is situated fairly far back you can ride with both feet next to each other momentarily.
4) Take your old front foot out and place it in front of the back foot strap. Your old front foot now becomes your back foot, and your old back foot now becomes your front foot. Make sure you place your back foot on the grip in front of the back foot foot strap as to not slip and slide of the board.
You should now just be able to slip your new front foot in the front foot strap.
5) With your back foot in front of the back foot strap, you can decide to pass over an oncoming wave before placing it in the foot strap, or you can attempt to do it before you pass over the wave.
Getting the back foot in can be a little bit tricky as your heel tends to catch the water which can throw you off balance. It helps to slow down and lift your heel up while doing this.
6) Put your back foot in, you have completed the jibe.
Special thanks to Peter Petersen for demonstrating the jibe, and Cyclone kiteboarding for making these boards available for our review