The Switch Kono is a relatively new move in our freestyle scene but this „DuckTack in the air“ became the favorite of many riders and base of many advanced move-combinations in a very short time. The move is a bit weird at first but feels magical as soon as you managed to take off.
Tobi Schwarz, who recently broke down the Shaka for you here, talks you through the Switch Kono with a few „quick tips“.
Speed is essential like with many moves – go fullspeed, sail slightly downwind and change your feet to switch-position.
Switching might appear easier by applying a litte bit pressure on the mast(base).
To make your way on the other side of the sail, you should try to get rid of the sail-pressure for a moment. To accomplish this, you initally try to bring the rigg a bit to the tail of the board. Then duck the sail impulsively – same story like with the ducktack.
Once the sail is ducked, make sure you carve into the wind. While doing this, give pressure on your front foot and concentrate to lay down the sail by pushing carefully with your masthand rather than your sailhand. Looking towards the top of your sail may facilitate the carving process.
When you reach a very small angle to the wind and feel the exceeding pressure in your sail, its time to fly high. Current situation: Your frontarm is slightly stretched, your backhand is staying closer to your body.
Timing is important but the right technique to for the take-off, too.
Give a first impulse for the sail to erect by pushing explosively your backhand/stretching your sailarm. By pulling the rig and board to your body you reach height. It might be helpful for you to look towards the clew of your boom. Lay back and enjoy your flight.
The landing actually is not that spectacular. Don’t be afraid if your first switch konos bang on landing – the typical good kono does ;)
The next step up the ladder would be the improvement to a „nose dive“and a 180° sliding part to call the „Skopu“ yours.
Have fun flying through the air, don’t hurt you and see you on the water.