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20Jul/15Off

JEM HALL MOVING ON UP – WORKING THE WAVES

JEM HALL MOVING ON UP - WORKING THE WAVES

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JEM HALL  MOVING ON UP – WORKING THE WAVES

How are those jumps coming on and who has joined the forward loop club? I hope you are moving on up and this month I am looking to equip you with more wave skills in order to get the best out of moderate surf by ‘Working the Waves’. I started musing on the ideas for this feature after reflecting on what I had learnt from coaching and sailing in the waves of Jeri, Brazil, at the upwind beach break that actually feels like some of the spots back at home on the south coast of the UK. The conditions there are not always amazing, they are side to side on shore with small to medium waves, but they are fun and you get a lot out of them and improve if you follow some key guidelines, which I will detail herein.

Photo Martin Schoppler & Karel Tyc


Wave Selection
One of the key points in moderate surf is finding the best set waves to ride and then adding the skill of tacking or gybing on to these waves, as on smaller days you never know when another good wave will come. If you are looking for a good wave to ride then these will often come in sets and they will have 2 – 3 waves in the set and they will be defined from quite a distance away and look longer and steeper. On the way back in you will either have turned onto a wave / swell that you have predicted may turn into something bigger and better or you will be sailing upwind looking for a swell that is forming up. As you get better you may even stop to wait for a wave outside the break! Progressing as a wavesailor is about a change in mindset – looking for waves to ride and not just blasting straight back in, seek and ye shall find. On smaller days you may have to go in and out 2-3 times before you find a decent wave to ride (and/or jump), so one of the best tips I can give you is to go through what I call the ‘stunt zone’ as many times as possible and with your eyes scanning for opportunities to, well, do stunts! What do I actually mean by this? I am saying do short reaches and again, try really hard not to blast for miles out to sea, looking for the shipping lanes.

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In summary your targets are:

• Keep an eye out for good waves and get better at predicting whether they will  peak up.
• Tack or gybe onto good waves, even if you are only just past the break or maybe even only half way out.
• Do short, fast reaches, think ‘high tempo’
• Remember to sail where the action is, looking up and downwind to assess for the best peaks and take the tide into consideration.

“ Progressing as a wavesailor is about a change in mindset – looking for waves to ride and not just blasting straight back in ’ 

Riding: Backside and Frontside
On these small wave, side to side onshore sessions, there are often opportunities to waveride both upwind and downwind, called backside and frontside respectively. Now before you go charging off trying to ride these waves, your first bit of strategy is to actually enjoy being on them unhooked and find where the energy is and then look up and down the wave to see which part is breaking better, like jumping, you are looking for the best bits of the wave to use to have fun on. In these small wave sessions you may be on a good wave, but actually the best part of it may be way upwind or downwind so you have to be very observant and get yourself to the peak. These waves will also bend slightly, either towards or away from you, and so you will have to mix up both back and frontside turns so let’s look at these next.

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Backside
Here are some basic tips to ride backside upwind.

• For the first few waves just look to work with the wave changing the boards direction through heel and toe pressure heading upwind, whilst unhooked.
• Now start at the top of the wave and drop down it and carve upwind on your heels to initiate your ‘bottom turn’ in order to get back up the wave.
• As you carve, move rig back and body forward to keep speed.
• Upon carving back up the wave and way before you reach the top, change the carving pressure to your toes in order to perform your top turn and come back down the wave.|
• Look upwind to carve upwind and then look down wind and down wave to carve back down the wave.
• As you progress aim to carve the board harder at the bottom to get back up the wave so you can hit a steeper, more throwing part of it.
• To really smash the wave, you have to fall over hard on your toeside and almost backwind the rig as you really turn your head to redirect you.
• Jedi tip: as you improve, look to get a backside hit which helps you redirect the board to then get frontside. Let the wave help you and work with its power and flow.

“ One of the key points in moderate surf is finding the best set waves to ride ’ 

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Frontside
Riding downwind or down the line is a bit more challenging than backside riding and it can be described as gybing off the wind with both feet in the straps and then turning back upwind, all whilst on, or in proximity to the breaking wave. Gybing skills come to the fore here and how you gybe is definitely how you waveride, so look to ensure you are competent and working hard at your step gybes.

• Essentially you are turning the board again with your toes and heels and this time you begin on your toeside and then carve on your heelside to turn back upwind and drop back down the wave. Your timing will improve, just go with it.
• Start at the top of the wave and drop down it and carve downwind by getting the rig forward and carving hard off your toes, really bending your ankles. Your hand slides WAY down the boom just like a gybe.
• In order to get back up the wave you have to open the sail and get more weight on your carving back foot as you swing your hips to the inside of the turn.
• Keep the carving pressure up and aim to get up the wave to a steep section and then turn your head and bring your hands back together as you transfer the weight to your heels to turn back upwind.
• Jedi tip: if you want to turn tight and vertical, then throw the rig forward and get it open as you get your hips down and arse back and to the inside, this will allow you to carve more on the back foot and the rigs forward position will keep the board flat

The frontside riding tips above are for more side shore winds. I will now touch upon some brief tips for more challenging, cross on, frontside wave riding:

• Look to use an upwind peak to bank off and really throw the sail more open to keep the wind in it.
• If you have a steeper peak then hit it and use its energy. Getting back and high on the wave will give you the position to drop down it, gain speed and make a better frontside turn.
• If the upwind peak is quite shallow, then be more subtle in redirecting frontside and as you drop down the wave, get that rig forward and relatively open.
• For the top turn, ensure you get the rig forward and away from you so as not to oversheet the sail. This is all made easier by getting your back hand back up the boom and really turning your head to look back upwind good and early.
• Jedi tip: go hit the section. You will either get a great hit/turn or you will learn that you need to go earlier or later, or get your weight more forward. Charge, carve, hit, repeat!

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Generous straps and long lines as ever. A big enough board and sail to get you going on the inside. Rig for the action zone not for out the back!

RRD boards, wetsuits, softwear, Ezzy sails and Pro Sport Sunblock sponsor Jem Hall. Get him live and direct on one of his highly acclaimed coaching holidays, check out his site www.jemhall.com for details. You can also follow him on twitter / Facebook and Instagram

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16Jul/15Off

AUGUST 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

AUGUST 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #348 AUGUST 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

The August 2015 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!

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BREAKING BARRIERS
Another super summer issue; we look at all things windsup with a buyers guide, Peter Hart windsup technique special  & the art of windsup travel with Starboard’s Franz Orsi ; UK road tripping on perfect Cornish waves at Harlyn bay, Antoine Albeau, Robby Naish, Josh Angulo all interviewed, Kevin Pritchard’s training tips, Dunkerbeck’s speed challenge, Fanatic photoshoot, Rhodes travel, waist harness buyer’s guide and footstrap/early planing technique with Jem Hall.

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WINDSURFING FANATICS
”Wanted: Photographer to shoot a team of windsurfing die hard Fanatics!”. Sound like your dream job? John Carter exposes the reality of a photo shoot for two of the world’s biggest brands.

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THE HARLYN SHUFFLE
The motley crew score crazy Kernow kegs at Harlyn, a thumping beach break that pirated a heavy Cornish bounty of masts and egos, JC tells the tale.

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ANTOINE ALBEAU TITLE CHASE!
John Carter shadows world champion Antoine Albeau during the PWA Costa Brava event to diary the champion at work and learn how he has made the podium his home.

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THE FIRST TIME – JOSH ANGULO
Josh Angulo has a history of being the man with first place or the first person pioneer, but what about the other firsts in his life?, the questionable questioning of ‘the first time’ finds out.

DUNKERBECK SPEED CHALLENGE
John Skye tells all about his bid for glory down the Sotavento strip in his first ever GPS speed competition, while Bjorn Dunkerbeck gives an insight into his unique pro/am event.

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WINDSUP GUIDE
With summer upon us and peak windsup season open for business, we take a look at the market with an overview of the offerings from the brands and some expert advice from the industry.

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ROBBY NAISH, THE SEARCH FOR FREEDOM
Life, business and his own search for freedom, the king of windsurfing sits down for a revealing interview and tells all about a new action sports movie he stars in.

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KEVIN PRITCHARD – COMMITTED.
Kevin Pritchard continues to perform at the peak of the sport. What keeps him at the top is a constant drive to improve. Kevin reflects on his latest program to do just that.

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SAD TROPICS
Franz Orsi takes us on a very personal journey of discovery in North-East Brazil, spending time with local communities and reflecting on the simplicity of windsup sailing.

RESORT REPORT – RHODES – IALYSSOS
The town of Ialyssos in Rhodes is a windsurfing paradise. Peter Hart explains the attractions and Juergen Niens and Bertrand Crausaz give the local lowdown.

TEKKERS

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PETER HART MASTERCLASS – STANDING UP AND SAILING
Harty reckons WindSUPing is best thing that has happened to windsurfing in ages. Let him help you choose one, set it up and tweak your technique to sail it.

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MOVE ON UP WITH JEM HALL – PLANING AND FOOTSTRAPS
Perhaps the most important skill in windsurfing, Jem provides tips for planing early and getting in the footstraps efficiently.

BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST
Want to see all the new gear, the trick bits and rad rides – look here, it’s all fresh!

WAIST HARNESS BUYER’S GUIDE
Investment in a good waist harness can be one of the most important bits of kit you buy. We take a look at the latest offerings and Robby Swift gives us his expert advice.

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LOWDOWN – STARBOARD AIRPLANE
Starboard have released a range of fully-planing inflatable freeride boards, aptly titled the ‘Starboard AirPlane’. We interview their designer Tiesda You for the lowdown.

CORKY KIRKHAM
Corky Kirkham is one of the most colourful UK windsurfers, with new sponsors and a surfari business launching this year. We caught up with K212 to hear about his ventures, old and new.

 

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
Breaking barriers The Editor invites you to meet his windsurfing hero, Craig Wood, a soldier, windsurfer, triple amputee survivor and inspiration to break barriers in windsurfing and life.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART – AIRPORT GRIEF – THE HOLIDAY BAGGAGE CONUNDRUM.
It’s the holiday season. You’re heading to a windy Riviera. Harty muses over the pros and cons, joys and misery of flying with kit.

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11Jun/15Off

JULY 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

JULY 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #347 JULY 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

The July 2015 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!

BLAST INTO SUMMER COAST RUN – PORTLAND TO LULWORTH

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DEFI WIND – 


THE ULTIMATE RACE

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DEFI WIND – RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINES
Plucky Brit, Peter Crosby, reports first hand on the windiest Defi ever while organiser Francky Roguet recounts the crazy carnage of the biggest startline in windsurfing.

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MAUI’S WEST SIDE STORY
John Carter lays bare Maui’s lesser known West side with its stunning scenery and range of sick sailing spots.

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BIGBURY SPOT GUIDE
Learn all about this famed South Devon wave spot from local Dave Ewer as JC and Timo Mullen take a road trip to Bigbury.

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FIRST TIME – BEN PROFFITT
John Carter breaks down the Rhosneigr ripper’s inner demons in the pound store psychology of ‘The first time….’

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FIVE GO WINDSURFING! – PORTLAND TO LULWORTH COVE
Five heroic windsurfers brave the treacherous seas of the Jurassic Coast for a jolly good downwinder. What could possibly go right!, JC reports.

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ODA JOHANNE – NORDIC FREESTYLE QUEEN
How does a young woman from Norway become Vice World Champion, we sit down with Oda to find out.

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TATY’S TIPS – SLALOM SPEED FOR THE LIGHTER RIDER
We quiz Taty Frans on his secrets for going fast as a lighter rider and being one of the most well rounded sailors in the world, competing in Slalom & Freestyle.

POINTS OF VIEW
We quiz some of the finest windsurfing selfie shooters on the planet for their tips, tales and tricks of the trade in using point of view cameras.

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THE THIN (WIDE) LINE
The large freeride board was the principal domain of the intermediate rider, but is there a little more to the large freeride hull now? Our team investigates.

Fanatic Gecko 133
JP Magic Ride 132
RRD Firemove 130
Starboard Atom 130
Tabou Rocket Wide 128

7.5 CAMMED SAILS – THE WINGS OF THE DOVE
Camless freeride sails are ever popular, so what of the camber inducer? Has it become solely the domain of the amateur and professional racer? The team investigate.

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GA Sails Phantom 7.8
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Severne Overdrive 7.8
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Tushingham Bolt 7.8

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PETER HART MASTERCLASS – ALL A QUIVER
How many? What’s the best gap between sizes? Cams or no cams? Should you mix the brands? Peter Hart helps you amass the bespoke quiver.

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MOVE ON UP WITH JEM HALL – VULCAN HOW TO 
Jem Hall breaks down the perfect introductory move to intermediate freestyle.

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LATEST & GREATEST
The golden glint of shiny new kit glows brightly in these pages; read, drool, repeat.

SUMMER ACCESSORIES
It’s summer, yay! time to tan and kick back with a Cornetto. Read on for our guide to the best in summer accessories!

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL – GONE WITH THE WIND.
The Editor champions the act of going downwind, why the windsurfer rules this point of sail and why we don’t do it more?

AFFAIRS OF THE HART – FUNGIE THE DOLPHIN.
Harty dons his hippy hat to explain why Fungie, the resident dolphin of Dingle Harbour, has such a special place in his heart of Hart’s !

 

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19May/15Off

JUNE 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

JUNE 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #346 JUNE 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

The June 2015 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!

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LAST TIME WITH NIK BAKER


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GRAN CANARIA 


SPOT GUIDE // 

TARIFA 

DAY 


TRIPPING 

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LOS ROQUES – THE MAGICAL ISLANDS
Diony Guadagnino and Ricardo Campello team up for a voyage of surf discovery in their homeland.

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MORENO TWINS – DOUBLE TROUBLE
Same but different, John Carter interviews the most successful windsurfing sisters in the world

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LAST TIME – NIK BAKER
The UK’s most successful competitor on the PWA, faces his demons under the terrifying torture of ‘The Last Time !’

STALLED FORWARD
STALLED FORWARD – HOW TO
Young gun Pablo Ramírez (Pablito) breaks down the stock move of any Gran Canaria hot shot – the stalled forward !

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PROFILE – ADAM LEWIS
John Carter finds out what it’s like to be a young Brit on tour and a rider on one of the world’s biggest windsurfing teams.

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GRAN CANARIA – SPOT GUIDE
From the high winds of Pozo to flat water spots, that even beginners can enjoy. Chris Pressler gives us his guide.

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24 HOURS IN TARIFA
JC, Timo Mullen and local Ben Van der Steen team up for a hit and run to Tarifa for a 24 hour mission that didn’t disappoint !

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WIGHT WINTER
Ross Williams exchanged winter training abroad for a winter at home on the Isle of Wight. JC finds out why the plan paid off.

GEAR SHED

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125 LITRE FREERACE BOARDS
Everyone loves to go fast; we test the boards that will make you love it even more.

STARBOARD Futura 114
FANATIC Ray 120
RRD Firestorm 120
TABOU Speedster 118
JP 124 Super Sport

7.0 NO CAM FREERACE SAILS
All the speed without all the fuss, we test the sails that provide all-round performance as well as fun.

NORTH E-Type 7.3
SEVERNE NCX 7.0
GOYA Nexus 6.9
EZZY Cheetah 7.0m
RRD Fire 6.8
SIMMER V-max 7.2
NEIL PRYDE Hellcat 7.2

TEKKERS

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PETER HART MASTERCLASS
HOOK, LINE and SINKER! Harty solves everything about the harness – design, set-up and technique?

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MOVE ON UP WITH JEM HALL
PREPARATION, PREPARATION – Jem Hall looks at preparing effectively for carving tacks and carve gybes

BOARDSHORTS

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SPAIN AND CANARIES MICRO GUIDE
We round up some of the best hot spots of Spain and the Canary Islands.

LATEST & GREATEST
Did you hear the one about the Antique shop that had nothing new! – the opposite is here – fresh bits on the latest kit.

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
España – From world champions to windsurfers with a healthy career/life balance, the Spanish have it all Editor muses why.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART
Harty charts his love/hate for Fuerteventura, a story of catapults & trashed hire cars, usually in the company of Whitey.

 

 

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15Apr/15Off

MAY 2015 ISSUE – ON SALE

MAY 2015 ISSUE - ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #345 MAY 2015 ISSUE – ON SALE

The May 2015 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!

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WILD WEST – HUNTING PHILIP KÖSTER //  

TESTED FREERIDE SPECIAL – 105 LITRE BOARDS & 6.5 SAILS  // GET UPWIND WITH PETER HART // CABO VERDE ANGULO & KATCHADOURIAN // POSTCARDS FROM THE PROS // SUMMER WETSUITS // SLALOM FINS // JEM HALL WORKING WITH WAVES

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THE WILD WEST
The Elusive Philip Köster tries to go soul and solo in Western Australia, Sheriff John ‘pistols’ Carter goes on the hunt to track him down !

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OUT OF THE BLUE
When you least expect it, the best windsurfing can still happen. John Carter tells the tale of two lucky strike missions in the UK.

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AFRICAN DREAMS
Kai Katchadourian and Josh Angulo drop into all time Cabo Verde. Kai reflects why this remote island has engraved such a lasting impression in their quest for windsurfing perfection.

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POSTCARDS FROM THE PROS !
The Pros check in from around the world with a collection of good old fashioned ‘wish you were here’ postcards.

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SAIL TO HEAL
Former Soldier, Andrew Hieghton-Jackson, survived an IED bomb-blast in Afghanistan in 2009, we learn how windsurfing has helped his recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

THE LAST TIME
Peter Hart – One of windsurfing’s greatest characters undergoes Windsurf’s greatest wind up – the ruthless, grinding and hugely irrelevant questions of ‘The last time’ !

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PROFILE
Kurosh Kiani – Born in Iran but sailing for Denmark, Kurosh has a unique background and is the man responsible for developing live scoring on the PWA, we delve deeper in Profile.

GEAR SHED

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105 LITRE FREERIDE WIDE BOARDS - we test the new generation of ‘thin and wide’ freeride boards, offering performance for every level

STARBOARD Atom IQ 100
FANATIC Gecko 105
RRD Firemove 102
JP MagicRide 104
Tabou Rocket Wide 108
Simmer Freemove 110L

6.5 FREERIDE SAILS -

 Speed, control, early planing and manoeuvres, the 6.5 freeride sail has a large design brief, we test the contenders.

GOYA NEXUS 6.4M
NEIL PRYDE RYDE 6.5M
NORTH SAILS VOLT 6.4M
RRD EVOLUTION 6.4M
SEVERE GATOR 6.5M
TUSHINGHAM BOLT 6.5M

TEKKERS

PETER HART MASTERCLASS
The ability to cruise nonchalantly upwind should be at the top of your ‘to master’ list. Peter Hart tells us how.

MOVE ON UP
Jem Hall teaches us how to make the most out of moderate surf by ‘Working the Waves’.

BOARDSHORTS

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SUMMER WETSUIT BUYER’S GUIDE
Shopping for some new neoprene to welcome the warmer weather ? Check out some fresh new suits here.

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SLALOM FIN BUYER’S GUIDE
We round up some of the fastest foils on market today, designed to keep your slalom board in front !

LATEST & GREATEST
Roll up, roll up; the new, very new and super all new stuff is here to enjoy.


SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
Pro Pro – Professional Windsurfers are actually a bunch of amateurs …confused ? The Ed. champions the men and women of the PWA

AFFAIRS OF THE HART
Round Hayling, Defi Wind; ‘tis the season to be going far on a windsurfer. Harty looks back at the history and glory of the long distance race.


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10Apr/15Off

JEM HALL MOVE ON UP

JEM HALL MOVE ON UP

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JEM HALL MOVE ON UP NEW YEARS REVOLUTIONS 

Come January 1st, like many of us, you will play around with some ideas for a New Year’s resolution or two So I would like to commence 2015 with you taking on some windsurfing resolutions and move forward into a ‘New Year’s Revolution !’ 

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In any area of life in order to succeed you have to truly “want,” which is far more powerful and determined than “need.” This is ever so true in our great and challenging sport so if YOU really WANT to move forward in your sailing then you really have to commit to take action. A quote that can highlight this is “Successful people have results and unsuccessful people have reasons.” So let’s look at committing to your resolutions and beginning the revolution of really ripping in your sailing.

“ Looking where you want to go means you look upwind to go upwind ”



RESOLUTIONS FOR REVOLUTION

Mindset: How committed you are and what kind of internal self-dialogue have you ? A positive self-dialogue
is crucial, try statements commencing with ‘I shall, I will and I can’ and insert your chosen targets of waterstart, gybe, sail fast, jump, loop, tack or attack the waves, as examples.

Technique: This is perhaps the one area most look to improve in, let’s kick off by presenting the basic building blocks upon which all improvements are built as “Ordinary things consistently done produce extraordinary results.” Whenever you go sailing, choose one of the below basic concepts and focus on it for at least a portion of your session. Set an allotted time, like 20 minutes of your “hour of power,” where you focus on that one thing. By hour of power, I mean to sail for an hour maximum and then review and think about what you did, “less is more.” By sailing “less’’ hours but more effective and focused, you will gain “more” from your sessions. It can be said that when you over-sail, you spend the last 30 minutes of your session “practicing your mistakes.” Sail less and with more focus to really enjoy your sailing and improve !

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// Get low and be ready to gybe.

Here are three basic concepts to look at first:

Look and see: Looking where you want to go means you look upwind to go upwind, as opposed to staring at your gear. Also, look at the wind to examine what sailing line to take, head upwind in the gusts that you “see,” and bear away (turn downwind) when you see lulls. Take this further by looking out of your gybe’s (or top turns), and when waveriding, aim to see as early as possible any sign of swell to gybe or tack onto.

Precise hand position: Throughout most moves and skills, it is of vast importance to ensure your front hand is back by the front harness line (assuming lines are positioned correctly) and that the other hand is about shoulder-width back from this. Next up, whenever you are gybing, sailing clew-first, looping, etc, put your backhand way down the boom to give you more power and control over the sail. This is very effective.

Get low: This is simpler yet more challenging than you think. Aim to bend your back leg more than usual when getting planing, sailing fast, getting up from a beach start or water start. Take this a stage further and look to be positioned with your head at boom height throughout the majority of your powered-up sailing – as I say on my clinics ‘’Get down, James Brown’’

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// Get low out of the gybe and with your hands precisely placed.
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// Let go in your carving 360s’.
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// Let go of the boom and trust you and your lines.

Work on these points and never underestimate the power of self-visualization. So you know that I am with you on this and acting on my “Revolution” technique, I am currently working on my own  waveriding. The targets I have set for myself are placing my back hand way back during bottom turns, getting lower throughout the ride by really flexing my ankles and taking more risks (enjoy crashing ! ), as failure is one step towards success.

By sailing “less’’ hours but more effective and focused, you will gain “more” from your sessions

Letting go

If all of the above has not got your boat rocking, and you perhaps want something more prescriptive for 2015, then I will now say to you ‘let go and release the handbrake.’

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// Hands precisely placed in the gybe and seeing out of the gybe’.

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// Attack the gybe with back hand precisely placed way back. 


Try these moves and skills:

• Sail one handed; I mean really sail along with front or back hand off and get better at it, so much so that you can do it for a hundred metres or more.

• Do one-handed transitions; from one handed heli tacks, to hand drag gybes, to one handed jumps, to one handed carving 360s and through to one-handed top turns.

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// Helping my rippers set their targets and ensuring their mindset is positive.

These will build your risk taking mindset and make you raise your game whilst building essential windsurfing skills so you can make progress in all your moves. Go on, do it and enjoy making your resolutions for Revolution !

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11Mar/15Off

APRIL 2015 ISSUE – ON SALE

APRIL 2015 ISSUE - ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #344 APRIL 2015 ISSUE – ON SALE

The April 2015 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now! Subscribe or grab your copy now in either App or Print  versions! (Prices include delivery anywhere globally 10 times a year.)

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Legends! // Dave White – The Last Time // Ho’okipa – Day In The Life Of // Keith Teboul – A Shaper’s Story.

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DAY IN LIFE OF HO’OKIPA
John Carter documents 24 hours on one of the best days of the season at the world’s most famous windsurfing beach.

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DAVE WHITE – THE LAST TIME
The mighty Whitey undergoes Windsurf’s toughest test – the infamous questions of the ‘Last time’ !

THE FULL CIRCLE
Josh Stone takes his son Harley on his first windsurfing Trip to Josh’s old stomping ground, Diamond Head with trusted wingman, Brian Talma.

MOROCCAN MAGIC
Boujmaa Guilloul scores big at home, we get the low down on one of the best days of his winter and windsurfing in his beloved country.

ST LUCIA
JC discovers an unspoilt Caribbean Island that’s perfect for families, has great freeride windsurfing and makes us all in the office thoroughly jealous!

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WELSH WAVES – HORTON UNDERGROUND
Timo Mullen and John Carter take a devious detour to score some Gower Power at one of Wales’s finest wavesailing beaches – Horton.

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KEITH TEBOUL
Master shaper, legend windsurfer, Keith Teboul tells his story of life in foam dust and salt water.

TEST
95 LITRE CROSSOVER BOARDS
We review the ‘Swiss Army Knife’  board size. Designed for all round fun, we test the claims.

FANATIC Freewave 96,
Goya One 95,
JP Freestyle Wave 93,
Quatro Tetra 99 Thruster Freewave,
RRD Freestyle Wave 94,
STARBOARD Kode Freewave 94,

Tabou 3S 96,

5.7 CROSSOVER SAILS
From flat water to waves and everything in-between, we review the sails that have the job of doing it all.

Ezzy Elite 5.7,
Gaastra Cross 5.6,
Goya Eclipse 5.7,
Naish Boxer 5.8,
North Sails VOLT 5.9,
RRD Move 5.7,
Severne Gator 5.7,
Simmer Apex 5.7
Tushingham The Bolt 5.75,

066 Harty Technique
PETER HART MASTERCLASS
A real world journey. Harty plots the progress of Chris Grainger – a recreational windsurfer on a comeback mission.

MOVE ON UP
Jump Higher !, Jem Hall brings us his top tips for flying without wings !

FREERIDE FINOLOGY
A look at the world of Freeride fins with buying tips, a designer’s inside line and of course, wise words from our master teacher, Peter Hart.

MEDITERRANEAN TRAVEL GUIDE
From family friendly, flat water destinations to high wind hotspots, we highlight some of the best spots in the Med. to hang from your harness in!

GRAN CANARIA MICRO GUIDE
The island of windsurf champions goes under the micro guide microscope

LATEST & GREATEST
All that funky new stuff wrapped up on proper paper – bang tidy !

EDITORIAL – LEGENDS
Who or what are the legends in windsurfing ? The Editor sets out his case for the not so obvious answer.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART
Hot tips for Cold Comfort. Statistically UK waters are at their coldest this time of year – Love it or hate it ? Harty ponders the nature of cold water windsurfing.


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9Mar/15Off

JEM HALL – MOVE ON UP

JEM HALL - MOVE ON UP

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JEM HALL MOVE ON UP – FOCUSING ON THE FORWARD

I trust you are now educated, inspired and enthused as to how to add some gusto to your gybes and duck gybes and perhaps now it is time for you to take this ‘forward’ and unleash the ultimate trigger move, the forward (speed/ front) loop. Be reassured that a lot of the focus and precision you have invested and enacted in your gybes will really help you nail the forward. Namely these are preparing early, focusing on the key stages and setting a higher standard. 

I will cut to the chase here, you must want to forward, it needs to consume you and be of the utmost importance. Courage, persistence, technique and embracing fear as your friend are the keys to this move, which, once nailed will open up so many other moves as you will feel ‘bullet proof’ after claiming a few. Believing you will achieve starts here. I strongly suggest you follow the pathway I recommend in my ‘Winner to Wavesailor (WTW)’ DVD, this being, be great at popping the board, then progress to tail grab jumps and in light to medium winds embrace the wymaroo as the ultimate loop steering drill. This is the painless way to amass the skills required to forward and believe me as I have taken many many people through this on my coaching holidays. The wymaroo and the other moves will be covered in a future piece as here we will concern ourselves with the main tips on flat water / small chop forwards.

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// Hands down the boom and get over the board with the sail open’

Flat water? I hear some of you balk at this, well if you can do it on smaller chop / waves then you can do it anywhere and you will also then be able to learn delayed forward loops in the future as you will have a fast clean rotation and heaps of aerial steering skills but more on this later. The other thing about the lower rotations is it is less scarey and you have to go downwind to actually get round!

My mantra in WTW is pop, throw, look and pull and I would now like to extend this to; Believe, Prepare, Pop, Throw, Look and Pull. I will now impart the tips to get you moving forward from the above sections. Please be aware that I knew barely nothing about the forward when learning it back in ’96, I just went at it and all my crash test dummy work and my last 12 years of coaching have revealed the keys to unlocking your looping potential.

Believe!

You should get to know what it is that motivates you to do this move and then take this momentum forward. We are all different and all have different triggers to get us where we want to be. Competition, peer group pressure, setting a new standard or it could even be boredom with your current level. For me, I set a date to do it by or I would walk away from teaching windsurfing and guess what? I achieved it on that date after about 10 sessions.

I suggest that if you equip yourself with the above skills in the pathway and add to these super early planing, awesome tacks and a fast stance in all winds then you will have all the tools to unlock the move and actually get plenty of attempts in. Furthermore, visualise the move, and actually see yourself doing it. I believe in you and now you must BELIEVE IN YOU! I will present the relevant tips for each of the areas of the move and then you should choose the ones that ‘ring your bell’ and only focus on a few tips at a time.

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// Check out how much the rig goes across and the work the toes and legs are doing to steer the board’

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// Tuck up and keep pushing and pulling.

Prepare

By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail, just as great gybes make great wave rides then similarly this focus on precision and passion in the forward is paramount to
learning this liberating move. On to the top tips.

• Early preparation is the key. About 20 metres before you bear off get those hands back

• When I say back I mean way back, next to the boom adjusters is your target. The wymaroos (and gybes, light wind gybes) will already make you embrace and realize this.

• The front hand must also move back too. This assists the rig moving forwards and across, be warned you will need long lines to sail with your front hand back.

• Get over the board before take off. All your popping will make this a bit more intuitive. Being over the board helps you to get a great pop and send the nose high and it means the rig can already be across you in readiness to steer in the air.

The kit I suggest is fast wave boards, freestyle boards and fun freestyle waves as these all keep you upwind and planing fast with less sail power and go for a smaller fin (under 30cms for sure). The sail should be under 6.0 for learning but as you progress the limits you set are the limits you attain.

Banging out medium powered loops on a 6.0 and a 110 will add dynamism and pop to your forwards so get on and round it in all winds please. Lastly, wedge your feet into big straps so your feet can wrap and connect to the deck pads, tight straps will see you losing the board in the air.

Pop 

Many of the above tips will come to the fore here, being over the board and having your hands back etc. Lets give you some more insights:

• Push down hard on the tail like you are aiming to ‘snap the tail off the board’. This sends the ‘nose to the sky’. So there are 2 great pop mantras for you.

• Get the nose high and then you will have the height to then drop the nose and steer aggressively in the air.

• Start the pop with the tail pushing down and continue it with the front leg and front arm lifting the nose.

• Amazing hold trinity skills (early planing, fast stance in all winds and staying upwind) will give you more attempts. These also mean you can get the pop and rotation in proximity to the beach so you have less time to think and **** yourself.

• Pop off the wind and this will often be over the back of a bit of a decent sized chop. This helps take off some of the distance you have to rotate through and also means you have to commit to the move.

• Pop off your toes like you are springing into a jump on dry land as this hugely aids aerial steering and draws the wind under the board.

• I rarely say don’t, however I will make an exception here, do not take off into the wind in to supposedly seek more easy height, this will end badly!

Throw 

We are now fully committed and looking to take our amazing downwind pop around and steer the board through the rest of the move.

• Your nose is skyward and you are pulling the kit up further with the legs so now it is time to ‘draw the rig forwards and across you’ in readiness for the aerial steering. Moving the rig forward helps turn you downwind like in a light wind gybe.

• With your hands back you have a huge amount of leverage and can really get the rig forwards.

• Imagine pulling up on the front hand and then reaching forwards and across you with it, towards the nose of the board.

• The legs should be working hard here, as they are now lifting the tail up and bearing the board away through extending the front leg and bending the back leg.

• Herein lies one of the cruxes of the forward,‘you take off over the board and then in the air you steer it by moving your body back and out’ and ‘your rig forwards and across’. Lots of pops and wymaroos makes this part much more intuitive.

Look

Why do we focus so much on looking behind us in this move? Well it is firstly to keep your wetsuit clear of debris and stop you looking forward at doomsville. It also helps our body to rotate and roll through the move and lastly, it protects our ear drums – hoorah !

• You might choose to replace look with see, so aim to see the back of the boom, or the clew, or the water behind you.

• In the wymaroo I tell people to fall outboards and pull in and see just how much of a splash they can make with the clew being pulled in so aggressively.

• The looking behind you will assist you in pulling in hard with that back arm, and because your back arm is way back you can really sheet in, lets not get ahead of ourselves here though.

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// Keep the rig flying on extended arms upon landing to pop up for an efficient waterstart ending’


Pull and Push

Okay so I have cheated here and added another word / tip and that is Push, or pushing in addition to the pulling. There can often be a heavy focus on the Neanderthal style, ‘just jump up and sheet in dude’, however there is way more going on than this so please begin to imagine the front half of you actually pushing the kit round and back half pulling you and the kit around and through the move. Lets examine this further:

• The pulling phase is the back arm ‘pulling the boom UP AND IN.’This really turns the board fast and gets the nose round.

• With your hands back you have huge leverage and your tail up jumps make you instinctively pull the back leg in hard and this keeps the nose rotating those extra precious few degrees more.

• Now for the pushing. It is an often understated part of the forward, so really focus on pushing away hard on your front leg. Your more outboards position gives you the leverage for this.

• I often suggest people to feel the deck pad with their toes and this can often only be achieved by straightening your front leg and having bigger straps. This scissoring action is akin to bearing away out of a tack.

• The pushing does not stop there as not only is your front leg working but so too is your straight front arm. So really push down hard on your front arm to fly the nose round and get you further around for an easier and cleaner landing.

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// Believe, prepare, pop, throw, look and pull!


Throughout all these sections I have given you some food for thought in all the stages and some key mantras and tips to focus on. So I now implore you to find the keys for you to understand this move and more importantly to pull the trigger and get it done. Of course, if you need some help with this and many other moves then you can have your attempts recorded and the toppest of tips given to you on one of my overseas coaching holidays.

I will leave you with a few landing tips. If you rotate with a straight front arm and land near / on the gear then thrusting the rig across and up will assist you in catching some wind to pull you up and keep the rig out of the water. If upon landing you are in the likely position of being ¾ round and in the straps yet cannot waterstart then merely paddle round the last part by dropping your front foot out of the front strap, whilst keeping the rig flying, and steer round to an easier exit from the water.

Believe, Prepare, Pop, Throw, Look, Pull AND Push. You shall, you will and you can.

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boards, wetsuits, softwear, Ezzy sails and Pro Sport Sunblock sponsor Jem Hall. Get him live and direct on one of his highly acclaimed coaching holidays– see
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6Mar/15Off

RULE BRITANNIA – BEST OF BRITISH

RULE BRITANNIA - BEST OF BRITISH

RULE BRITANNIA – BEST OF BRITISH

”Hear Ye, Hear Ye People, lend me your ears..we mean eyes sorry !, as you may know Windsurf HQ is in Great Britain and we are proud of our island nation ! What better way to show it, than our completely made up, absolutely scurrilous and  potentially libellous homage to all things British and some of our best windsurfing characters and beaches. Read on while we disconnect the phones and hide behind the filing cabinet – PS – anyone know any good lawyers ??”

Let’s face it, the UK isn’t the rest of the windsurfing world’s normal idea of paradise. Our beaches aren’t lined with palm trees, we don’t sail in turquoise water or have  warm constant trade winds fanning along any stretch of our vast coastline but here at Windsurf we like to think, North, South, East or West, British is still best !

Words & Photos JOHN CARTER

We don’t need those superfluous prerequisites that the less intelligent conjure up when dreaming of the perfect playground. Our windsurfing scene in the UK may not resemble Hawaii or the Caribbean but nonetheless we are an Island surrounded by water, albeit mostly brownish and instead of day in day out boring trades, we have wild gales and sea breezes that blow in all directions, plus if you don’t mind driving, it is fair to say we have the quality and variety of waves, speed strips and blasting conditions on par with anything the rest of the world has to offer. Yes Britain stand up, hold your harness high and wave your tea bags, Union Jacks and copies of Windsurf proudly as this is our time to say just how blooming brilliant Britain is. With tears in our eyes and Rule Britannia on loop on the office ipod, here at Windsurf Towers we decided it was time to pay homage to a few of our National Treasures. So without any further ado, its time to salute some of the inspirational characters in our sport; drool over Britain’s finest beaches and revel in some of our nation’s finest traditions and idiosyncrasies that we think put the Great into Britain.

BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT

First off, we want to say bravo to some of the characters and unsung heroes on the UK windsurfing scene.While many key figures are on the front line, several of these guys are down in the trenches behind the scenes quietly going about their business and genuinely being involved and promoting the sport for all the right reasons.

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26Feb/15Off

JEM HALL MAURITIUS CLINIC £50 OFF

JEM HALL MAURITIUS CLINIC £50 OFF

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Book by Friday for £50 off.

The 2015 Jem Hall Windsurfing clinic is back to Le Morne, Mauritius for 11 days with  pro coaching from Windsurf technique editor, Jem Hall. If you book by this Friday you’ll get

£50 OFF!

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“The windsurfing in Mauritius has absolutely everything you could need: flat water on the inside and a variety of different wave breaks will give you the opportunity to choose your playground. From gybing to wave sailing you are sure to progress whilst windsurfing in Mauritius and enjoying all the luxuries of the Coral Hotel.” says Jem.

The package includes 10 nights All Inclusive Hotel, return airport transfers and 11 days windsurf board hire and 8 days Jem Hall Performance Boost Clinic from £,2,049pp. Flight inclusive packages from £2,849. To book call Sportif on 01273 844919 or see

www.sportif.travel

 

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