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coachg



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:04 am    Post subject: Boar volume Reply with quote

isobars wrote:
manuel wrote:
Foot steering is different because the board needs more convincing to turn than a lower volume / smaller sized board

That depends far more on the board's design/shape/intent than its volume. I have boards.


Not in the context of Manuel's post. He is talking about light wind tacks, heli tacks & upwind 360's. 11-15 knts on a 5.0 is not bringing up visions of 90 degree slashing in my mind.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updated the steps of the original post.

Four new things:
- Place front foot beyond center of the board onto the other side.
- Give the board a jolt before switching to create forward momentum in light-wind scenario.
- Pull the sail across but also mostly towards the nose of the board again in light winds.
- Aim to center body directly over the board after the switch, preferably weighing back foot as to keep nose of the board up.

The updated steps:

1. I aim for clean swell (avoid chop and criss-crossing terrain to maximize success).
2. I guide my board with my back foot, move the sail to the back, release weight from front foot and place it in front and mostly towards the other side of the mast foot.
2a. We can cross from close-hauled to beyond the wind (in the vid, there are some variations), it's easier to switch when closer to the starting reach, the longer we wait, the harder it normally gets.
3. I climb up the swell and give the board a little jolt as to create forward momentum, and a bit before reaching the peak, still with the sail back, I step on my front foot and pull hard on the depowered sail to swap side with the sail basically.
3a. The pull is across but in a no-wind situation is almost mostly towards the nose of the board. This sends the sail directly in front of me. I aim to end with most of my weight on the back foot and body centered directly over the board.
4. Once on the other side, I may grab the mast or the boom. Grabbing the mast gives me more sail control, grabbing the boom lets me steer off the wind faster. I extend my front arm and sheet in with the back one as to steer away from the wind.
4a. The earlier we switch, the more likely we are to backwind sail for a bit.

Visit my site: Manu's Windsurfing Blog, for more tricks: http://windsurfing.lepicture.com/

Newer examples below...


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