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.
Maui Fin Company bring us this great inforamitive clip. Keith Teboul explains you how to set up your thruster board. On multifins board the fin positions is critical to achieve best performances. Action from Keith Teboul and Levi Siver.
It’s important to realize how much correct sail tuning can affect performance and your fun on the water. Downhaul tension and the overall luff curve of the sail is affected by the downhaul measurement, so it is very important to achieve the optimal setting for your session.
You probably know about the luff measurement marked on your sail, for example 12cm, and you set your base to 12cm. But did you know each manufacture might have slightly different measurements, so if you are using a different brand extension this could be crucial. So although not noticeable to the eye, a centimeter can make a large difference So use this method to confirm your specs.
When designing sails, manufacturers measure the downhaul from the bottom of the mast to the perpendicular projection of the bottom corner of the sail pulley. That information is
then printed in the sail.
The downhaul is one of the most crucial steps to rigging. It controls the shape of your windsurfing sail and can’t be changed while sailing. Finally, confirm that your tack pulley is as close to the base pulley as possible.
Check out the video where Artur Szpunar of Maui Sails explains how to tune and measure your downhaul settings according to the sail specification box.
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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!
Ghosts of Speed asked some fast guys how they tune racing sails for speedsurfing.
This clip is a technical extra content for the coming documentary Ghosts of Speed.
You can geta copy of the whole movie here gosmovie.com, which is set to come out this December.