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  1. #8
    Super Moderator Arf's Avatar
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    You wanna also tilt your board in the air, so you show the underside to the wind - the wind then blows your board off the wind - especially the nose - and puts you in a good position.
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  2. #9
    Senior Member max111's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JG30 View Post
    I don't seem to have the same problem when it's cross shore...
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    and look where your sail is in relation to your board you are more sheeted out that you where at rhossy

    over sheeting will drive the nose of the board down

    i would try a few hooked in and sail the board through the air

  3. #10
    I thought the main difference with those two sets of pics was the size of the wave, rather than the wind direction.
    When you jump off such a steep wave that sets your board more vertical for the take off and with you the sailor more horizontal. That sort of steep wave is then a natural for backies – because it's easier to scoop the board into the wind.

    With the smaller ramp shown, side shore wind or otherwise, you are going to take off with the board more horizontal in the first place.

    On a bigger wave, there is also more 'panic' in your head, meaning you are more likely to weight your back foot, or want to keep the legs straight.

    But it's still a basic muscle memory thing to learn. You see that so much when someone changes the tack of the beach they normally sail at.
    For example, you can be good at jumping on port, but then when you go on a starboard jumping beach you find yourself slewing into wind all over again.

    The difference to note about cross on vs cross off, is that with cross on you jumping into extra wind as you leave the wave, whereas in cross off, you often jump into a wind shadow. So the windage effect on the board is different.
    Last edited by basher; 4th August 2014 at 08:22 PM.
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    Senior Member Mungo's Avatar
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    Hate to point out the bleeding obvious, but in the first set of pics your front leg is bent (considerably). Forget about tucking the back leg, that will happen automatically. Focus on pushing the front leg out in front of you to keep the board flat and off the wind. You could also try moving your clew hand down the boom a little, but tbh you probably won't have to if you straighten that front leg. Oh, and try to remain relaxed.
    Good luck.

  5. #12
    The front leg can be bent.

    It's important here to distinguish between 'scissoring' your legs to turn the board downwind, and keeping the board level or with the windward rail lifted a touch to get the wind under it from the windward side.

    To get the board level it may help to lift the front leg upwards, but the critical point is to lift your back leg more than your front leg, to tuck the tail under you.

    For most people, the problem is that they weight the tail on take off, fearful of leaving the ground.
    Tucking the back leg certainly doesn't come naturally.

    You also need to project your self into the air whilst looking where you want to go – if you are turning into wind too much then look more downwind.
    Last edited by basher; 4th August 2014 at 10:03 PM.
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  6. #13
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    As mungo says push the front foot down wind and pull the back leg under you 'scissor' action. The other reason is that if you land slightly broader to the wind you will have less pressure on the fin and avoid spin out. Try and tilt the board slightly to let the wind under it. Plenty of guru articles in magazines and videos about

  7. #14
    Senior Member hmsgeoff's Avatar
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    Jul 2004
    Just to agree with the other chaps.

    Bear away in the air. Do this mainly by pointing the board downwind once airborne.
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