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    Keepİng board flat İn the aİr

    when lm speeding along powered up while still in the harnes everytime l hit a small swell or chop and the board gets airborne the windward rail lifts up. it lands fine as when the fin conects back in to the water it flatens the board again. but l cant stop but think that l could easly end up takeing a bad fall at those speeds with the board landing on its leeward rail and maybe break an anckle ? so how do l keep the rails leveled in the air ? the saim thing seem to happen if lm going for a jump when not hooked in aswell.

    any advice ? ( not to complicated )

    ps: it is worst on wide freerace boards.
    Last edited by soundwaves; 14th May 2015 at 08:43 PM.

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    Sounds like you are on too big a board, and possibly using too long a fin.
    It's the wind under a wide board that is lifting it to an angle, plus the leverage of the fin as it leaves the water.

    On the 'right' size of board, a jump is a more controlled affair – where you just bend your back leg as you leave the water to keep the board level in the air, and then use the back leg to cushion the landing whilst the board continues forward without stopping. By weighting your front leg your should be able to hold the windward rail down, and to turn the board nose slightly downwind for the landing.


    In a controlled situation you can stay hooked in for the jump. If out of control then make sure you are unhooked – so that there's an escape route if you crash land.



    PS. Jumping big wide freerace boards is not a good idea. Try and keep them in the water and just skim jump if the board leaps into the air off chop.
    Last edited by basher; 14th May 2015 at 11:20 PM.
    Now back in the UK.

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    Senior Member soundwaves's Avatar
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    thanks basher. btw have to say you must know everything about winsurfing mate.!! l never said anything about my bord or fin but you knew straight away. l was useing a 50 cm fin with a 79cm wide board. RESPECT dude

    just got my selph a fantatic shark 120 today its 69 wide. should be more controleble to jump with that in 7m weather.
    Last edited by soundwaves; 15th May 2015 at 01:26 AM.

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    50cm on a 79cm wide board is much too big!! 44cm would be more like it.

    I think what you are describing is that frightening moment at speed when the wind gets under the nose and lifts the board out of the water. The problem with that sort of lift , especially with a wide board, is that it becomes very unstable and difficult to control. When your fin is too big you get forced into wind when a gust hits.......you then lose mft and any small piece of chop is going to send you skywards. Moving the mast foot forward a little and lowering the boom can delay the onset of that occurrence even if the fin is too big, but obviously better to use a smaller fin in the first place!

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