the sequence I teach and use.
1. Get as much speed as possible
going into your jibe, As you will
some speed in virtually every jibe,
the more speed you carry in the
higher the possibility that you will
have enough to carve all the way
around without falling off plane.
2. Remove your back foot from the
strap and step across and forward.
Not sure if you need to go clear in
front of the lee side front
footstrap here, but try it. I'd
think it would be just behind the
front footstrap, but it's cold
enough here I don't want to go out
today to confirm that.
It depends somewhat on your weight
3. Apply pressure with your foot to
the rail to roll the board up on the
inside rail. Don't "stomp on
it" just add a steady and
progressively heavier pressure (like
applying the brakes in your car) to
turn your board into the carve.
4. As your board starts to carve,
bend your knees and ankles so that
you end up "rolling" your
weight to the inside of the turn and
engage more of your boards rail.
The board will "bank"into
a carve and around your turn. Once
the rail is set, and the board is
carving it's important ot keep a
steady pressure on the rail. To
tighten your carve up a little add a
little more pressure.
Do not "reduce pressure" .
This will cause the rail to "cork
up" and the board will
straighten out, spoiling your jibe.
You remove your back foot and step
across whenever you are ready to
"initiate" your jibe.
Where exactly to place your foot is,
as I said, somewhat dependent on
your weight. Try just behind the lee
footstrap first, and if that doesn't
cause the board to engage the rail
carve, then try a little more
Things that will tell you when you've
found the right spot are:
Board will bank easily into the
carve without losing much of your
precious speed. The nose of your
board will stay at the same level,
it won't "pop up" (meaning
you have not shifted your weight far
forward to really engage the rail)
or it also won't drop (meaning you've
shifted your weight too far forward
and the rocker line in your board
dropped so far that you are losing
too much speed).
At first, you will probably need to
"look" at where you place
your foot, but
once you find the right spot, you
will quickly commit the "step
and press" to muscle memory and
you will know when it feels right.
The secret to learning to carve jibe
fairly rapidly is to simply "go
for it" and do lots of jibes.
Make small changes in foot position
and how quickly and forcefully you
apply the pressure to the rail.
After each jibe
(or jibe attempt) try to determine
what worked good , and what didn't.
Get back up to speed, and try again,
making little changes to the parts
you didn't think worked on the
Jibing well is about developing a
"sense of timing", and
that simply takes alot of practice.
Happy jibing, and let us know how
Hope this helps,