• You are going along on the foil
• You decide now is the time to turn.
• If you are in the sea it helps to turn just as a little wave or swell line approaches as turning onto this helps keep speed through the turn, this is not essential though.
• You will either switch feet before the turn or after. Always make the turn in your preferred stance. So if you are a goofy foot (prefer to have you right foot forward) you make the turn before changing feet when the wind is coming from the right side.
Keep eyes looking ahead, not just in front of the board. Focusing just a few feet in front of your board will disturb your balance. Look in the direction you want to go through out the turn.
• First practice making the turn on the side where you are in your preferred stance. Goofy footers when wind is from right before turn. Natural footers when wind is from the left before the turn.
• Half way through the turn rotate the sail upward. Put the rear hand on the front handle. Let go with what was the front hand. Move the sail above your head and forwards. As the turn completes take the rear handle and gently pull on the power. Your body will now be twisted and you will be riding toe side
• ok, great, you have made the turn and moved the sail. Some people carry on riding toe side then make the next turn without having to change feet again.
• Better practice is changing the feet after the turn so you are riding in a better position to pull on power and maintain balance.
• To change the feet you move the rear foot forward just a little before moving the front foot back. Before moving your feet lean forward and down a little. Slacken off the sail. Push the board up, just before it reaches the upper zenith of the pump and you are becoming weightless change your feet.
This technique is well worth practicing on land with the sail in hand. Go through the whole turn walking in the direction the board will travel.
The foot change also needs a lot of practice on the land. Practice moving your feet quickly and lightly. Get your feet into exactly the right position.
When practicing on water you will fall a lot. Bit by bit your muscle memory will start to work. Try and remember the cause of falls and what went wrong. Keep practicing and be patient. You will get it in the end. Talk to other foilers about their technique, this can help.
• Turning the other way. All the rest is the same except you change your feet before the turn. Make the turn. During the turn move the sail and change hands.
For many this is a challenging stage but slowly it does come together.