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Thread: LOOP CLUB
18th April 2010, 01:25 PM #15
you need wind though
30th April 2010, 06:49 PM #16
landed (messily) 2 spin loops tonight. off ankle high chop.
30th April 2010, 06:49 PM #17
harry claimed 2 more today and said Northy had tried some too!
1st May 2010, 11:40 AM #18
Ok, some help required and although I probably can't get it here, as I suspect it needs someone watching to put it right, let's give it a go. Yesterday I went for about 10 loops. They were probably what you would describe as flat water loops, as there wasn't a huge amount of chop and it was a crap angle once you were popping off the wind. Every attempt felt exactly the same and I'll try to describe it.
- set up, unhook, eye up a little bit of chop
- nose comes up, rig across, nose starts to go downwind
- sheet in, try to look back.
Then it's all a bit of a blur, but the end result is the board facing the other way, usually upside down. My feet aren't in the straps, but I don't know when they come out. The rig is kind of sliced into the water with me underneath it. Usually it has got far enough round to for me to swim out the mast side, but other times the mast is buried deeper and it is easier to swim out clew end (which feels least successful of all the attempts). Interestingly, there was no pain involved in any of yesterday's attempts, which is definitely progress!
I know all the technique on paper, but the problem is that it all happens so quickly, I'm finding it hard to recognise where I'm going wrong. Any ideas from people who have recently cracked it, who might have a single tip that workd for them. I think there's just too much going through my head when I go for them now, that in a way, it's creating a barrier to me progressing.Trying not to work too hard.
1st May 2010, 02:28 PM #19
yes i agree with gawp, you are very close by the sound of those descriptions.
in low power / chop situations you HAVE to get your front hand back by the harness line and your back hand waaaay back - much further than you do when doing them off waves. the front hand back really works. i sailed away from two last night - and i am sure it was precisely because of having my front hand back.
1st May 2010, 02:32 PM #20
also trying them in onshore / cross on conditions (camber?) will be much easier once you have been going for them in chop. the more aggressive initiation needed is identical, except they are easier because you get some height of the wave.
keep at it.
+ hilarious isn't it how painless it is after all that psyching up and how - once you've done a few - its not even frightening.
roll on gwithian / westward ho tomorrow for some proper attempts....
2nd May 2010, 05:12 PM #21
quick vid of me looping here in morocco. the first is one of my early attempts. the second is a few days later and shows a slight improvement...
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