NeilPryde slalom team spent three months in Maui this winter preparing for the PWA slalom season ahead. They created a short video series documenting their experience and providing racing tips and tricks for slalom windsurfers. In Episode 1, Antoine Albeau talks us through racing sail tuning.
Matt Pritchard of Pritchard Windsurfing brings us this great jibin tip for your windsurfing! Kevin says the boom slides is, “one of the most key elements to making your jibes consistently and in control.”
Kevins Top Secret Tips
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Quatro shaper Keith Teboul discusses setting up a Quatro board with fixed fins. Although targeted to the Quatro’s fixed fin setup, his basic principles are the same for all boards.
Footstraps – Back for a quicker shorter turn, and forward for a longer turn with more drive. Also Heavier you may want to be more forward and lighter sailors further back.
Mast Track – Back for easier tighter turning, and forward for more drive.
Don’t be afraid to go out and come back in to adjust settings!
The forward loop is one of those classic moves that just about everyone wants to crack and everyone is teaching. To find the basics of the move I would suggest checking in on a clinic with a pro-coach (maybe I will do a clinic in the future if there is any demand), you’ll learn plenty about it from how to grow the balls to get yourself back slapping to landing upright. What you will get from this bit of text and video is how to get height out of nothing and how to land with the same speed you went into it.
There are three key factors that you can learn one at a time. When these are combined you’ll find yourself rotating and landing like never before.
1. THE TAKE-OFF
Two essential parts to this, you want to be well powered up or to the point of being almost over powered. This way you will help yourself when it comes to the next two parts. For the take-off itself you need a small bit of chop, either coming at you or going away and somewhere between across the wind and a broad reach (a bit off the wind), if we are talking clocks where 12 on the clock is pointing into the wind then you want a ramp that is between 3 and 4.30, ideally 4 is the perfect angle. Quite often if I have the choice (when on wind blown chop) to take off a bit of chop into the wind or head off the wind, I’ll choose the back of the chop that is off the wind, when you do this, you must make sure you are going faster than into the wind.
For the actual technique to the take-off it is simple:
2. THE ROTATION (PULL-UP)
This part is simple, really you get this bit right and it’s 70% of the move. To rotate fast you have to…………..
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The Pritchard brothers often offer great tips and videos, plus deals on gear on their website. Check out this video of Matt Pritchard going down the line at Kanaha. Than check out all the tips to improve your wavesailing.
1. Look behind you just as much as you look in front of you!!! Yes, that is right, the wave is coming from behind you- if you can’t see it, you are gonna be in trouble. Be patient, just because you are coming in doesn’t mean there is a wave right behind you- Look for it, wait for it!
Jem Hall takes us through front side wave sailing and adds another dimension as he talks you through the technique of the One Handed Top Turn and informs you of why you should be adding this fun move to your skill set .. Focus, Believe and Enjoy!
It can never hurt to refresh your brain with some useful tips, we all forget things, and there is always something to be learned. Check out these 8 tips from Kevin Pritchard that can be applied to everyone of every level. My favourite is have no fear, definitely applies to forwards! Head over to Pritchard Windsurfing for all Eight Great Windsurfing Tips.