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    Some good tips on technique for me to try, some of which I already try but need to refine. To explain the back riding up is like railing when well powered with too big a fin so maybe as someone suggested a smaller fin might help. Compared to the photo my fin is even more upright. Also, I think I back-foot too much so putting rig to leeward and back a bit with my weight foward should help now Mikeb reassured that will not encourage straight lining.,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maker View Post
    Some good tips on technique for me to try, some of which I already try but need to refine. To explain the back riding up is like railing when well powered with too big a fin so maybe as someone suggested a smaller fin might help. Compared to the photo my fin is even more upright. Also, I think I back-foot too much so putting rig to leeward and back a bit with my weight foward should help now Mikeb reassured that will not encourage straight lining.,
    If the fin were too big, you would have more problems in a straight line. I use a 36 fin on both my 60cm and 70cm wide slalom boards with a 7.0. On my Fanatic Gecko (70cm), I used a 36cm right down to 5.0.

    If I were you, I would focus on just two things next time you go out - (1) keeping the sail sheeted in by pulling the foot of the sail up against your shin; and (2) not bending your front arm.

    What I can tell you is that things do come right eventually. Have a look at this video I posted in March 2014 looking for gybe help. You can definitely see in these videos that I was leaning back in the turns and the sail was not sheeted in (leeward of the board's centreline). That was on a 70cm wide freeride board with a 7.3 sail and a 39cm fin.

    One video limit here so you'll have to click through on this one.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYZIaVAMjsQ

    This is a video from a few months back. A friend took it on a cellphone so apologies for the quality. That's on a 70cm wide slalom board with a 7.7 race sail (North Warp) and a 40cm fin. What you should be able to make out is how much more sheeted in I am and how I'm bending forward more (still not enough mind you). It's not the best gybe ever but I post it to give you hope than in a relatively short time you can make progress.

    Last edited by Capie; 23rd October 2015 at 08:43 AM.
    My Boards: 2016 Fanatic Falcon TE 129, 2014 Patrik Slalom 115 vII, 2014 Patrik Slalom 92l, 1992 Windsurfer One Design, 2012 Fanatic Freewave 85l
    My Sails: North Sails Warp f2016 , North Hero, North Volt

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    Not a lot wrong with that Capie! A lot of what I was saying is in there. If you freeze at 0.4 you can see that the leeward rail is committed at least up the mast foot if not a bit more giving the board lots of bite. This is also on a broad reach and the sail is still very nearly sheeted in along the centre line of the board.

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    Yep not a lot wrong with that Capie, good progression that man!
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