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  1. #22
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2004


    You are lucky to have the video to see where you are going wrong. It will probably take years off your learning curve. All the carve gybe issues are disscussed in the "Carve Gybe Virgins" thread ad nauseum!

  2. #23
    Join Date
    Aug 2006


    2 more force 4: I'm almost alone surfing in my city. There is only two another guys, but they don't do carving jibe (but normal jibes). And good wind is not so often guest here unfortunatelly. So I have to use every chance while I'm not on the water to speed up learning process. And video of yourself is one of the best as far as I know! Also it is very important to think in advance what are you going to do and imagine this with your eyes closed...

    Thank you for the link! I've read a lot of theory already. But it is always more effective if people point on your mistakes.

  3. #24
    Senior Member Graemef's Avatar
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    May 2004
    Seabrook Kent


    Clear case for rig transition practise in the garden or back yard or beach any and every time you rig.

    You can gybe the board well enough, but have no sense of timing for transitioning the rig, which is more essential than the footsteering.

    Your not alone, ninety percent of none competitive short board sailors have no idea where the wind is coming from half the time, because they are sailing on a higher percentage of apparent than true wind.

    So when you are trying to gybe the way you are, you are attempting the next to impossible anyway, a 180 switch which means the apparent wind from one direction has to stop then be totally replaced by apparent wind from the new direction.

    Without the help of a wave, or a very very fast board and technique honed over years of practise, it can't be done.

    And then you dont fully 180, you enter high and exit low or the other way round.


    Go into the garden, or the yard and practise practise practise rig switching. We all do it (or should) do it until you can switch your rig blindfold and without thinking about it, by feel and using the force. (Put the blast shield down luke)

    Then at least you'll complete the turn, it might be a bit ragged at first, but if you fall in, the rig will at least be on the right side to water start straight out.

  4. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2004


    Don't focus on carving with your backfoot. You will only sink the tail of the board, and fall off the back. Instead focus on projecting rig and body (primarily) forwards and (then gradually also) into the turn. The amount of forward pull you need on entry to be able to plane through the gybe on flat water is so strong that it feels you are on the verge of catapulting. (So go very low in your knees.) You generate this pull by sheeting in on the entry with a streched front arm. Some pumping on entry is often needed. Let the pull you forwards/inwards. Then carve of both feet. Not by standing heavily on your feet, but rather by pushing your knees forwards/innwards while hanging off the boom to unweigh the board. When the forward pull eases and the rig goes light, spin the rig around with an active push of the boom hand combined with a rotating movement with the mast hand. Imagine that you have entered on a port tack so your left hand is closest to the mast. It will be rather stretched as the rig goes light. Now (in your chair) look at your left fist on its streched arm and make a strong rotation anti clockwise. In order to power up quickly on the new tack you actually throw the rig forwards with you old mast hand before letting go and regripping the boom with both hands simultaneously on the new side. Even if you throw the rig, it will not spin too fast for you to easily (with some practise) grab it on the new side. If you do not throw it, it will spin very reluctantly (or not at all) an you will lose all speed/power and og down.

  5. #26
    Join Date
    Dec 2005


    You need to go in wide and come out tight. Exactly when video is on 3 second (that is dead downwind) the board should be carve at it steepest and tightest simultaneously opening up the sail to present it to the wind. Sail 1 second clewfirst before switching the feet and fliping the rig around an upright mast.You should keep carving the board with heel pressure.

    Interesting yet important how tight you carve the board will determine on how fast the board is moving and the rig flip.You do not always have to push the rig with your back hand. This is done only when you release the rig late to catch up while at the same time pulling the old front hand into the new front shoulder.Then you get both hand into their original position on theother side of the boom. The faster you can get your hand onto the other side of the boom the earlier the power come on to get you plaining. Get into an early planing stance and sail away.

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