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manuel



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Manu, you are making progress but if you would just focus on keeping your front arm straight and in front of you like people have been suggesting for 20 pages you will rotate so fast your head will spin. You want to take off and then mimic someone shooting a bow and arrow (front arm straight and in front of you, back hand in, elbow up) and then look back keeping your bow and arrow position. To break your bad habits you can drill this over and over from a water start position on a windy day. From the water start position , feet in the straps, throw the rig into the bow and arrow position and look back. You will go over the front of the board and the board will follow you. You will find that if you try this drill using the arm position you are currently using you won't go anywhere. Keep at it!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That speed loop was done in quite difficult conditions very choppy and a bit underpowered. And I thought my technique was quite good Smile

Today was very windy, even more gusty 16-29 knots. Probably one of the worst water state I've seen here and I ran into a nice side-side-on chop 1m quite vertical, well powered up, popped nicely, tucked in and landed with a soft body touch and I was up, no need to waterstart. I am so happy. I tried on the other side, there's some work still Very Happy !

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice loop, glad to see you getting around even underpowered. Being slightly underpowered may help want-to-be-loopers with a "healthy fear gene" to not hold back get around the first time. That helps build confidence to then repeat it in more wind, with (even) better results.

Congrats, inspiring to see you succeed, thanks for sharing the journey!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

w00t w00t!!
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manuel



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, I'm so happy and proud too Smile !
Can't help but try them all the time now, getting more familiar with where to set my front hand for optimal power and angle of rotation.

Nice examples of someone really "angry" from both tacks, we can see the sail being briefly pulled over and the back hand looking way back to pull into all of the power:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good! Congrats!!
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