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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

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11Feb/15Off

MARCH 2015 ISSUE – ON SALE

MARCH 2015 ISSUE - ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #343 MARCH 2015 ISSUE – ON SALE

The March 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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BIG JUICY READS

014 JAWS
PE’AHI AWAKES a powerful Pacific winter storm lights up Jaws. Polakow, Swifty, Morgan, Levi and Marcilio Browne tell their big wave tales.

038 BD
BJORN DUNKERBECK, RETIRED BUT REBOOTED. JC finds out from the man himself why we have far from heard the last of Bjorn.

032 STORM CHASE
CODE BLACK An exceptional storm threatened 60 foot waves. Finn Mullen and John Carter seek, retreat, score and report on the big black blob !

040 STORM DAYMAR FINAL
DAYMER BAY Daymer is beautiful but has waves that can wreck any sailor. A story of two storms and a local’s guide to this must visit spot.

052
FUERTE’ ON FIRE Atlantic activity lights up Fuerteventura’s famous shores. Jules Denel and a cast of locals and visitors enjoy the spoils !

058 redbull
A FORCE 10 ADVENTURE The making of Red Bull Storm Chase, the Movie. An exclusive insight to the most elaborate Windsurf production of all time.

EVENTS

080 LClassic
LANCELIN OCEAN CLASSIC The world’s longest running windsurf competition celebrates its 30th year ! JC reports from the beach.

GEAR SHED

096 SEAT HARN DPS
SEAT HARNESS BUYERS GUIDE Peter Hart explains the benefits of sitting down alongside our run down of the latest bums in hooks on market.

TEKKERS

066 Harty Technique
PETER HART MASTERCLASS – Harty on high winds. When the wind really blows, Captain Hart gives his tips on how to steady the sail..and board !

074 JEMHALL update
MOVE ON UP – Getting flight into your forwards. Jem Hall brings us his top tips for getting your forwards higher.

BOARDSHORTS

EGYPT WINDSURF GUIDE Egypt is a windsurfing Paradise, Peter Hart explains why. Read his tales, tips and our resort guide.

LOWDOWN : INTO THE COLD CHAMBER Gollito Estredo goes deep deep freeze, testing ION’s Fall/ Winter wetsuits in a cold lab !

LOWDOWN : STARBOARD RIO LONG TAIL Starboard have a new beginner board and concept, designer Tiesda You gives us the lowdown !

LATEST & GREATEST The freshest gear, the new design ideas, all here !

 

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL – STORM FORCE  Storms, the greatest force in windsurfing also gives the greatest lesson. Challenge and be beautifully humbled.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART Brazil, paradise with an edge. Harty on the good and bad of a country famed for both but always worth it for a windsurfer.


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9Feb/15Off

JEM HALL – MOVE ON UP

JEM HALL - MOVE ON UP

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JEM HALL – MOVE ON UP – DIAL IN THE DUCK GYBE

How is all that ‘gybe talking’ and doing going? Hope all the light wind homework and top tips I have been handing out over the last few months have been a good source of information and inspiration. The perspiration does not stop there as now it is time to embrace the duck gybe, and what a wondrous move it is!  You have already got a lot of the skills required from your renewed gybing focus and you can duck the rig as you have been banging these out in your light wind training drills. 

The Duck gybe is a natural progression from the carve gybe, and has been around our fab sport for 30 years or more, it is old school but feels so so good it will never go out of fashion. 

I will breakdown this feature on what the Duck gybe is, who it is for, whyand where we should do it, when to duck the rig and how to go about the whole process. The tips for the relevant stages of the move will be covered in a similar style to last month’s Gybe feature. You can of course get even more info on my fab ‘Beginner to Winner’ Coaching dvd, but then you already knew that.

What
The duck gybe is a great way to turn around downwind while planing and with speed. The sail is changed (ducked) early and then the board is carved / turned out. It is a simpler gybe then the step gybe.

Who
If you are making 30% of your carving step gybes and going into them with speed and getting your sail light then this move is for you. It is also for the thrill seekers and for the people who want to improve faster and enjoy their sailing even more!

Why
This feature is already scattered with a myriad of reasons. It is fun, it will improve you, it keeps you inspired and it feels great. Lastly, it is a little bit scarey and just might yield your first planing gybes – hoorah!

Where
Choose a flatter section of water, either on flat water or between waves. As you nail them, and yes you will AND you can, then go for the duck gybe onto the wave or even off the wave

When
First tip and one of the most important and well used is duck it early. Make the move off the wind (on a broad reach for those in the know) and when the rig is light from your amazing set up and blistering approach speed.

How
As Bruce Lee says ‘don’t think, feel,’ it really does pay not to over think this move and just go for it, after a healthy amount of visualization of course.

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// Get low and prepared, go fast to get the sail light and thereby ready to duck’ 


Tips to rip through the duck gybes

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// Tackle the duck gybe challenge and work up to bigger sails’


Kit
Boards that turn well work best like Freestyle Wave and Freemove boards. The sail should not be too big to learn the move, so 6.0 and under is ideal and then once you have it dialled you can use as big as you dare!

Conditions
It is a move to be workedon when low to medium powered, i.e. when you go downwind the sail goes light and is not making you fear for your life. If it is marginal I will often duck gybe as it is more fun and I am more likely to come out planing as I can get the power on again early.

The How Part
The preparation is as per a Carving step gybe, hand back, unhook, get low and bear away using the same steps covered in last month’s Gybe feature.

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// Get low at the end and this gets you planing and in control 


The Duck
• Roll forward into the approach as per a carve gybe to keep the sail light, set the rail and keep the sail ready for ducking.

• Whilst still on a broad reach go for the duck!, going for it early and when the sail is light.

• Front hand releases and crosses over to the very back of the boom, whilst the old back hand tilts rig forward towards the nose of the board. This keeps the mast out of the water, makes the back of the boom available to you and stops you getting dismissed.

• Whip the rig back past your ear like you are wiping sweat from your brow, with your new back hand (old front hand).

• Take on the mantra ‘Duck, pull and look.’

• Pull the rig across you as you look to your exit and get low with your hips across. Honestly, it will feel natural.

• Be aggressive with the pull across, yet subtle in the initial push and positioning of the rig forwards.

• Try to move your free hand towards the water like you are the one handed duck gybe master as this will get you low and dynamic and your hips will naturally shift. All this keeps the board carving.

• Pull the boom hard across you and only grab the boom on the new side when the front of it is available. Patience please and no boom walking!

• On big sails you are actually letting go of the boom and launching it forward pre duck.

• The sail will be hands free at moments in this beautiful move so enjoy these and relax.

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// Gybe off front foot, cross hands, duck, look, pull and then carve and switch feet – do it! – do it!’


The Carve
• The duck part of the move helps you get low and facilitates a smooth carve, further aided by looking at your exit.

• When the boom is in both hands (near the lines) and the arms are extended then you can focus on carving hard through the back foot to take you through the wind to the new direction, broad reach to broad reach.

• Really bend your front ankle and your back leg and imagine pushing your inside knee into the water.

• Feel your arc; go wider when it is windy and you are well powered, go narrower when less powered.

• Think ‘sail away, body low and carve the board.’ This will feel natural as the sail change is done so early.

• It is really important to actively sheet the sail out so as not to get pulled over the handle bars or stall the sail.

• Imagine the rig is moving to the outside as the hips move to the inside, just like a carve gybe.

The Exit
• You are so nearly there now so eyes on the prize.

• Keep spotting your exit (new direction) and as your hips are carving nice and low to the inside then your feet are ready to shift and switch.

• If it is a big board, then change your feet earlier

• If it is a smaller board, then you can come out and sail switch (old front foot still in its original strap) for a while.

• Both of the above are down to personal preference and for me I go for the early feet change.

• Carve out on your heels, as per a gybe.

• Get low and keep the rig away and strap up before hooking in.

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// Try to drag your free hand in the water to add dynamism.

Finally, learn the move in both directions to keep your techniques in balance. This move has a lot going on but like all moves, keep it simple, focus and just go for it. You will have a few crashes but ‘failure is one step towards success’ and you are already ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable.’ The Duck Gybe is a flowing move that I truly love to teach, the more we duck the faster we grow and why we will always want to improve it.

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7Jan/15Off

JEM HALL TECHNIQUE – MOVE ON UP – GYBE TALKING

JEM HALL TECHNIQUE - MOVE ON UP - GYBE TALKING

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JEM HALL TECHNIQUE – MOVE ON UP – GYBE TALKING

I hope the light wind skills and drills have been beneficial and enjoyable and that you’ve been putting them to good use as a long side these and my ‘Holy Trinity’ Stance article you will be putting many of these skills to great use in your quest to survive and thrive in that oft-held thing of beauty – the Carve Gybe.

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Jem Hall // Photos Dave White & Nick Jones 

Many people come on my clinics and want to both learn and improve their gybes and more often than not we spend a lot of time working together to improve their basic fundamental skills and their stance as this puts them in the best position to nail their gybes and take them forward. For those of you believing you can gybe and now placing less focus on this move then please read on as great gybing leads to amazing riding. 

As I’ve just returned from Punta San Carlos (PSC), Baja and its amazing conditions of deep down-the-line frontside wave-riding joy, yet again, I can reflect that the best gybers are the best riders! Therefore, perhaps it’s time to set a new standard in your gybing and know that the (step) gybe skills you build have a huge transference across to competent wave riding and also can help you acquire new and fun aspirational moves like the duck gybe and the carving 360?

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// Get low – pull down on the boom and scissor the board downwind. Photo Nick Jones
This piece is going to cover the main tips and skills in order to allow you to make progress in the carving step gybe and implore you to focus on its key areas – which are: Preparation, Carve, Transition and Exit. You can really only focus on one stage at a time and it’s important to understand that you should target improvement in one area and see that as a success as you enjoy the challenging journey to carve gybe Nirvana. Read on through this piece and really take the time to visualise and understand each tip, close your eyes and see what’s going on and focus as you see yourself performing these skills. In a psychological context this is seen as ‘Visuo-Motor Behavior Rehearsal’ and it cannot be understated just how effective this is and that you should know the mind is the most powerful ‘muscle’ in the body. As ever, focus, believe AND enjoy!

PREPARATION
By failing to prepare you’re preparing to fail and you’re all already winners in this area as you’re tacking, to keep you upwind and give you a breather and can also demonstrate the skills trinity of planing early, sailing fast and flying upwind (see previous recent articles on this). If your target is to learn or improve your gybes then focus on these skills A LOT.

People write to me or come on courses and say “I’ve a problem with the mid/end of my gybe and this is all that needs polishing” and more often than not both for them and me it’s the beginning that really needs to be examined, focused upon and, through setting targets and effective (self) coaching, improved upon.

My golden tips are, some of which will also help you in other moves like, for example, forward loops and wave rides, for the preparation phase of the carve gybe are:

• Backhand waaay down the boom: This should already be actualised from your low-wind skills and drills. Aim to hit the boom clip on a 140 – 160 boom. I ask my rippers time and again what is the most important technique in the gybe/forward/heli tack/bottom turn, and they get used to answering the opening statement.

• Front hand back on the boom: In close proximity (next to, ah go on) the front harness line. This should be first, but backhand back is the headline tip!

• Get low before unhooking: Think ‘arse in the water’ and harness lines tight like piano strings. This commits you to the sail’s power, keeps speed and facilitates easy unhooking

• Unhook by bending your elbows from your low position: Do this and you stay low and upset the board less. Raise your hips and stand up and the kit stands up and you go slow. Speed is your friend!

• Hang off the boom on extended arms and keep pulling down on the boom from your low position: This keeps the board flat and you away from the rig.

• Back foot back and on the rail: The back foot can come out pre-bear-away (or during) but keep low as you position it and look to get it in the middle of the board first and then move it across to the rail right next to the back strap.

• Scissor/steer the board into the gybe: Turn the board downwind (bear away) by pushing through your front leg and pulling through your back leg to gain speed. This lightens the sail through more speed and readies the rails to be carved smoothly.

• Practice and do all of the above and you’re on the right track and you can even approach them as individual skills to work on and then afterwards continue sailing along. Go on, I dare you …

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// Subtle catapult in and then roll into the carve. Photo Nick Jones


CARVE
‘You got to roll with it’. The carving phase of the gybe is almost a misnomer as it represents quite a small portion of the whole arc and you’re actually only carving momentarily before you’re into the mid part and then onwards and upwards into your fire exit. Yet, this is where you can really lose all that oh-so-precious speed you’ve built in your effective preparation phase.

Here are the tips for deep-carving joy:

• Catapult yourself forward and across into your carve: Whilst this may sound like insanity if you pull in on the back hand subtly and push the rig forwards and slightly across you it will pull you up from your arse down position in readiness to roll into the carve.

• Roll into the carve: It’s the same action as the previous point, however it’s so crucial that it merits more focus. The rig pulls you up and then into the carve and you go with it, this feels weird at first but hey I did say roll with it. You’re outboard and slightly on your front heel and then you’re coming forward through bending at the ankle and shifting your weight to the ball of your front foot.

• Keep your front arm extended: The rig is away so it drives you and the rig forward and engages all the power down into the turning part of the rail around the middle part of the board. Aim to see the water in front of you. Note: the sail is pulled in with the backhand, but not excessively so until you’re fully competent.

• Front foot into back foot: The pressure in the carve starts on the front foot and then as you increase the carving pressure (through bent ankles) this necessitates moving the focus onto your back foot, thereby readying you for the middle part of the gybe too, hoorah.

Please note all these tips are not exhaustive and there are many more but these are the ones my clients and I feel are the most important and deserved of your utmost attention and focus.

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// Rig away and a smooth carve with bent ankles. Photo Dave White

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// Back hand waay down the boom. Photo Dave White

TRANSITION
Open up and see the light. A huge part of the familiarity and performance in this part of the gybe should already be in your repertoire from light-wind gybes and the dry gybe drill, therefore let’s bank on these skills as you have been doing these, haven’t you? Again all these tips and more are on my DVD ‘Beginner to Winner’ and on my Vimeo channel too. So, you’ve born away in the prep phase, carved for a second or too and are now approaching dead downwind (a run) and so it’s time to get ready to shift your weight and switch those feet.

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// Back foot back and seeing the clew ready for the foot change. Photo Dave White
Read, visualise and focus on these technique gems:

• Open the sail and see the light: The sail is in and driving forward and then, as you transfer more pressure to the back foot, the sail is opened up by the backhand (in it’s rearward position of maximum leverage) pushing the sail out.

• Swing the hips to the inside of the turn: This is led and aided by beginning to see the clew as you move into this phase. Looking at the clew will move your hips in as the rig moves out and across, thereby shifting the weight to the back foot.

• Rig out and hips in: Get yourself into a counterbalance as the rig moves out and your hips move into the carve. This enables you to carve hard through the back foot (weighting it) and readies you for the foot change / switch. Note: Your hips are to the inside and also back and down.

•  Drop and extend: This is a great mantra, both for gybes and wave rides. Drop your rear hip and knee across and into the carve, with your hips back counterbalanced with your arms extended to keep the board flat. All whilst seeing your clew and the exit.

• Toe to heel: The now lighter front foot twists out the strap and switches to the inside / carving rail in front of and very close to the back foot.

There is clearly a grey area here as we move from transition to exit as, once the new front foot is stepping forward, you’re in the exit phase yet still you’re in transition. Damn this move is challenging. Simple tip: get low, look where you go and keep the rig away. Any of these three solve so many issues in windsurfing. Believe!

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// Get down James Brown and push the board on to the plane. Photo Nick Jones

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// Exit and commit low and outboards to the rig clew-first. Photo Nick Jones


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Lets keep it simple:
• Tight harness: Thereby aiding a fast stance and easy unhooking
• Correctly rigged sail: Set flat enough to cut through the air and behave.
• Right-sized fin: Don’t be over finned or it’s bucking Bronco time
• Generous straps: equals easy carving and foot changing
• Generous lines: equals easy unhooking


 

EXIT
We’re getting in to the final throes here and, whilst I believe every phase of the gybe merits an article in itself, I will give you some brief tips on the exit as, if the first three phases are not on song, then this will be positioning you either in the water or in a mighty wrestling match with a heavy (full of wind), poorly-positioned sail.

Last nuggets are:

• Bent back leg in, bent back leg out: Keep low as you SWITCH your feet, as the new front foot steps forward, whilst keeping back knee and more so your ankle really bent.

• Keep the rig away: Punch out that backhand and keep low as you continue to see the clew.

• Rig forward, hips back: The clew-first position you’re oh-so-already acquainted with has the mast upright and forward, but your rear hip is kept back so you remain low and able to take some power whilst clew first.

• Take the power: Be ready to take some clew-first sail pull, be low and keep the rig away. NOTE: Get in position with your target as actually planing whilst clew first!

• Slide the front hand: Move your front (mast hand) back down the boom to the mast to ease the rig rotation.

• Send it: Rotate the rig with all your light wind skills

• ‘Get down James Brown’: Once the rig rotation is finished, the rig should be upright with you super low, pushing the board forward and pulling down on the boom.

• Straps and then hook in: When well powered aim to strap up and then hook in. This WILL give you planing gybes along with the previous tip – and avoids catapults. Bonus!
There really is so much going on here and my best tip is to ‘own’ clew-first sailing and rig rotations through light wind drills and, ahem, overseas coaching holidays.


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, but be quick as they are selling out – check out his fab new site www.jemhall.com for details. You can also follow him on Twitter / Facebook.  

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15Dec/14Off

JAN FEB 2015 ISSUE – ON SALE

JAN FEB 2015 ISSUE - ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #342 JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015 ON SALE

The January February 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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THE LUCKY TRAVELLERS – CLOUDBREAK – JP GOES XXL AND HIS BIG WAVE TIPSHOW TO BE A PRO – SPONSORSHIP EXPOSED & THOMAS TRAVERSA PROFILE 

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OPERATION CLOUDBREAK
Jason Polakow goes XXL at Cloudbreak. Read his hour by hour account and drool on the mast high +++ shots

JP’S BIG WAVE TIPS
JP’s advice on how to equip and survive monster surf Pozza style !

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HOW TO BE A PRO
The art of sponsorship from top pros to shop support, advice from those that either give or wear the coveted sponsored t shirt !

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PROFILE – THOMAS TRAVERSA
JC sits down with the affable Frenchman and new wave world champion for a candid tête-à-tête on his stellar year

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TRAVEL TIPS WITH SARAH QUITA 
Fasten your seat belts as we talk training, titles and travel with the first lady of freestyle, Sarah Quita.

TRAVEL GUIDE
Join us for a whistle stop tour round the world as we guide you to the warmest and windiest beaches to fly to this year.


EVENTS

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PWA MAUI
The inside line from Robby Naish and all the main protagonists in the most dramatic and hard earned PWA wave title fight in years.

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PWA NOUMEA
JC goes trackside to report on the red hot racing from the PWA slalom event of the year and the battle Royale for the Title.


GEAR SHED

85 LITRE WAVE BOARDS
We review the go to board size for most wave sailors, professionally or recreationally from all the top brands.

ON TEST
Fanatic Tri Wave 81L
Goya Custom 84L
JP Radical Quad 83L
Quatro Sphere Thruster 85L
RRD Hardcore Wave v5 88L
Starboard Kode Wave 82L
Tabou Da Curve 86L


TEKKERS

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PETER HART MASTERCLASS – THE CAMERA TRAP.
Video or stills, the camera can be an invaluable teaching aid. Peter Hart has advises how.

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MOVE ON UP  
Jem Hall kicks off 2015 with some windsurfing resolutions to help you move forward into a ‘New Year’s Revolution !’


BOARDSHORTS

PEOPLE & PLACES
BWA CORNWALL All the buzz from Gwithian beach on who was racking up the top points from the  final BWA event of the year

LATEST & GREATEST
New Year, New Gear, we gather the freshest and finest kit from the wonderful world of windsurfing


SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL – THE LUCKY TRAVELLERS.
Tourists can only dream of the possibilities our sport gives, why windsurfing is a passport to meaningful adventure.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART
AN ERA ENDS. Harty assesses the impact of Bjorn Dunkerbeck’s extraordinary career

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WINDSURF JAN FEB 2015 ISSUE – ON SALE

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15Dec/14Off

Jem Hall – Behind The Scenes Of A Pro Windsurf Coach

Jem Hall is celebrating nearly 20 years in professional coaching by releasing this very insightful behind the scenes video. Find out where, when and how to get involved and what you can expect to gain from one of his trusted clinics. Extremely well cut together this video is certainly worth a watch.

Click here to read more: Boardseeker Windsurfing Magazine

9Dec/14Off

Video ft. Jem Hall – The Coach

Jem Hall released a nice video with action from two of his clinics at Morocco and Baja. Watch a clip and check out his 2015 calendar.

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3Dec/14Off

JEM HALL MOVE ON UP – SKILLS AND DRILLS

JEM HALL MOVE ON UP - SKILLS AND DRILLS

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JEM HALL MOVE ON UP – SKILLS AND DRILLS

Looks like summer is here, so I hope you’ve been getting out on the water and had a few sessions under your belt? So, coach would like to know how are the cracking tacks and Holy Trinity going? 

(This feature originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Windsurf Magazine. To read more features like this first, Print and Digital subscriptions are available. Prices include delivery globally for 10 x issues a year!)


Right moves, right time, right place
After my usual June sojourn to Reliable Rhodes it was great to welcome back a lot of returners whom I’m fortunate to have on my coaching hols and, once again, I witnessed that the ones who improved the most throughout the clinic – and most definitely year-on-year – are those that hone their ‘Skills and Drills’ in lighter airs AND on bigger kit. These people are all pro active learners and motivated to improve. They all employ the above mantra of ‘right move, right time, right place’ and have a very clear idea of what target to set and what moves to work on in a wide range of conditions and the golden ticket to improvement from working on and improving their self coaching – along with a very good helping hand by me, of course! They are pilots and not passengers, so I implore you to fasten your seat belts and move into that illustrious position. Following up from last month, (July 2014 issue), I will now look at what skills and drills you can do on a larger freeride / freemove board and strongly recommend a wide thin one for you sir / madam. Once again, lets embrace EFFECTIVE Time On The Water as ‘the wind is a gift, not a given’. Again, if you want to improve, you must choose to take actions to do exactly this, so, what actions could you take? Again, all these skills and a huge amount more are covered in full in my DVD ‘Beginner to Winner’ and more will be presented on my Vimeo channel.

“ NEVER AGAIN SAY I WISH OR I HOPE FOR, FIERCELY EXCLAIM  I WILL!’ ANON ”

STANCE
Last time, using WindSUPs, we got all touchy feely in your stance and about understanding where the sail is best positioned to give you the most available power. Now we are on our planing big boards I am assuming that the wind is at least a force 3 (8 kts. /13 km/h. / 4m./sec), perhaps touching a low force four.

Drills for Stance:
• First up do at least 10 minutes with no harness on to develop some fitness and power control and appreciate that the sail is often placed in a better position when un-hooked in lighter winds. It also gives you vital windsurf fitness.
• As ever, my favourite skill, in all winds, is to sail one-handed and now please do it hooked in. Try either hand and discover what skills it builds. Wind awareness and power control will be at the fore.
• Now get in the footstraps (generously sized please) non-planing. This will make you better acquainted with them and help you to become more accustomed with pulling down on the boom (downforce) and better board trim with subtle footwork and leg bending.
• Lift your front leg. This will help you understand down force through your front arm and how bending your back leg helps you trim the board flat, vital for smooth foot-strapping.
• Now for your starts: For fitness and dynamism, do both leg drags and leg drag beach starts (both ways please). Sail along and just put your front foot / leg in the water. This is a huge skill builder and getting back up mimics coming up in a waterstart! Beach start leg drags will transform and improve all your starts. It will require you to: engage heaps of down force on the front arm, a generous amount of mast foot eating and a lot of tail pulling in through the back leg.

CRACK THAT TACK
I have extolled the virtues of this newly highly respected move called the tack in the June Feature and it is worth a recap from here, just so you know these past features will be up online on the fab Windsurf site in the coming months. By working on the tack in lighter winds and at slower speeds, you have a great chance to become more dynamic, master the skill of dynamic recovery and perhaps with the sound track of ‘Never going to give you up’ (name the artist, showing my age here) you will gain the persistence and recovery skills that transform good sailors into great sailors.


// Dry gybe drill helps you learn, build and better your gybes!.

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GYBE TALKING
I will now reiterate, as it is very very important you acknowledge this, that, unless YOU have cracked the light wind gybe (fundamentals gybe) and its all important stages of a clear beginning, middle and (clew-first) exit, then it will be very tough to master the carve gybe in planing conditions, AND fully own clew-first sailing domination. The biggest recipe for gybe and carve gybe success is to work on the following drills and skills: dry gybe drill, clew first beach starts, aggressive steering (up and downwind) and light wind gybes on big platforms. I will cover carve gybe top tips in next month’s piece, but for now, lets look at this amazing dry gybe drill. This is THE DRILL to nail your gybes, improve your clew-first rig control and enhance rotating the sail. Light winds are best for this with a flat-set sail in waist-to-shoulder-depth water

• From your beachstart position, take a wide grip (back hand way down and front hand at front harness line) on the boom, position yourself at the back of the board and turn the kit downwind by steering through the rig.
• Start to look out of your turn at the clew and walk around the back of the board. Try and do this like the footwork in an actual gybe.
• Control the rig clew first with your body low over a bent back leg, straight front leg. TIP: Remain clew first and get acquainted with power control and steering in this position. Maintain that wide grip on the boom and look at your clew (former back hand).
• Slide your front hand to the mast and guide the rig towards the back of the board. Go on, actually swing it there. Keep looking at the old backhand; this stops gear gazing and you admiring your beautiful hands.
• Reach under (keeps you lower) with the old backhand, and then forcefully guide the rig forwards
• Look forward throughout.
• Repeat the drill in the new direction and then carry on and on. This is also a great shoulder, back and core workout.
• Note that the rig is ROTATED in a circular motion and sliding that front hand up to the mast greatly assists this. The rig is kept away throughout. As the rig is guided back, the hips move forward and, as the rig comes forward, the hips move back.


// Leg lifts build skills, fitness and dynamism.

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// Nail front-to-sail and own the tack, heli tack, and carving 360s.

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// Try looking at your old back hand after the rig release so as to get your rig rotation smoother.

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// Swing the rig to the back of the board as you lean forward to take the weight out of the rotation.

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LIGHT WIND LOVING
Once again after just getting back from 3 weeks of coaching weeks on the flattering flat waters of Reliable Rhodes that after a few light wind sessions all my rippers made better progress in the higher winds, including first gybes, better carve gybes, first duck gybes and smoother loops. Light-wind loving makes you a legend, plus you get the added benefit of tougher hands and feet, improved fitness, balance and co-ordination – and more well-earned ‘you time’ as you master the skills that will help your high-wind thrills. During your light wind appreciation a great combo drill is to do Endless moves, where you gybe one way and then sail 10 board lengths and then tack the other way and after 10 rotations you then reverse the rotation, e.g., tack and gybe the other way. Between each tack and gybe you can do straight line moves like leg drags, in straps non-planing, leg raises, sailing one-handed etc.

FREE YOUR STYLE
Light winds are all about being present in the moment and looking for opportunities to have fun and learn new moves – that is if you wish to improve and move on up. A lot of the moves you learn and build on your bigger platforms (such as beginner boards / WindSUPs) can and should be refined on a freemove / freeride floater with a flat-set, medium-sized sail. (These were covered in my July 2014 feature.) As a reminder, these include moves like Front to sail, heli tacks, upwind 360s, sailing fin first, sail ducks and floaters etc.

So, before you read on, please have a think and write down on paper – or on your phone some SMART (specific, measured, applicable, realistic and time bound) moves that will become the moves that matter to you. ‘Never again say I wish or I hope for, fiercely exclaim I will!’ ANON, because I believe in you and now you believe in you.

Move on up
Go on and get out there and set a new standard, as the standards you set are the standards you attain.


// Gybe talking next month.

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Wide and thin is beautiful

Why use a WindSUP?

Why use / own a Wide thin (Winner) board?

• REASONS FOR.
• The test teams in this very mag already extol their virtues.
• After huge steps up in wave, freestyle and slalom boards, that appeal to much wider customer bases, the freeride / move market was the one area requiring a breakthrough. Winner boards are an evolution in terms of performance!
• People who try them think they don’t need or want them and then go straight out there after a test drive and buy one – so they must work!
• Wider wind range from non planing to fully powered.
• Easier to nail moves on. Tacks and gybes become better and more consistent and this builds confidence and thereby passion to progress and enjoy our sport thus further.
• More EFFECTIVE time on the water, meaning you get better, fitter and happier. If we only have Force 3 – 4s for a few months, then we are still ready to do battle in the strong winds we will gratefully be ready to receive in due course.
• They plane early, sail fast, are heaps of fun and very easy.

Once again I have proposed my case so open your mind and improvement, fitness and stronger fundamentals will follow. This could well be the start of a beautiful relationship!

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, but be quick as they are selling out – check out his fab new site www.jemhall.com for details. You can also follow him on Twitter / Facebook.  

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NOV DEC 2014 ISSUE – ON SALE

NOV DEC 2014 ISSUE - ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #341 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2014 ON SALE

The November December 2014 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.)


TEAHUPO’O – KAULI’S BARREL MISSION // BEST OF BRITISH: THE BEST SAILORS, THE BEST BEACHES

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BIG JUICY READS

HOPE AND FEAR
Kauli Seadi voyages into French Polynesia searching for wind and surf and scoring the ultimate treasure of Teahupo’o. Hopes, fears and the mother of all wipeouts, read it all here.

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BEST OF BRITISH 
Yes Britain, lend me your ears..we mean eyes sorry, this is our tribute to the best country, best sailors and best beaches. We are proud of our island nation and this is our potentially libellous homage.

036 JAE STONE
PROFILE – JAEGER STONE
Kicking off a new series of profile interviews, we take a look at the young Aussie who no one wanted in a wave heat this year. Jaeger’s story from severe injury to mixing work with a PWA career is one you don’t want to miss.

CYRIL MOUSSILMANI
The underdog comes good, we find out more about the man who has dominated the Slalom rankings this season on how he has broke the stranglehold of the big names on the podiums and his tips for going fast.


EVENTS

066 TIREE
TIREE TALES
They came, they waited, they scored..big time. Tiree retains its reputation as the go to stop on the UK tour, the top finishers tell us why.

072 Sylt 2
PWA SYLT 
Europe’s premier windsurf event saw red hot action in the cold North Sea. Freestyle title shocks and the return of surf slalom with a surprise winner. The top names speak and JC reports.

080 LA Torche
PWA LA TORCHE
La Torche marks it revival with a bang as this renowned event blows the doors wide open on the PWA wave title. Starboard tack madness and a maiden win for Campello, we take an inside look.


GEAR SHED

047 TEST 341 LR
95 LITRE WAVE BOARDS
The new all rounder ? We take a close look at the most versatile of wave board sizes in 3,4 and 5 fin box versions from all the top brands.

THE LINE-UP 

FANATIC TRI 95
GOYA 94
JP THRUSTER QUAD 93 PRO 2015
QUATRO SPHERE 95
RRD CULT QUAD 92
SIMMER QUANTUM 95
STARBOARD QUAD 94
TABOU POCKET 94


TEKKERS TEKKERS – CARVE GYBE SPECIAL

088 Peter Hart Article Updated
PETER HART MASTERCLASS  – TOOLING UP for the SWELL
Peter Hart takes a look at finding what wave kit works for you, the evolution of design and some highly pertinent case studies from his clinics.

096 JEMHALL 340 FINAL
MOVE ON UP – FOCUSING ON THE FORWARD
Jem breaks down the barriers on the forward loop, once considered only for the pros but now well within the reach of the masses thanks to Jem’s top tips !

BOARDSHORTS

PEOPLE & PLACES
Nik Baker We hear from the only Brit to ever win the Aloha Classic on just how he won and his tips for following in his footsteps – a must read !

LATEST & GREATEST
The gear that makes us go green with envy and our wallets empty, all factory fresh !

106-107 WS341 Wave Fins
WAVE FINS BUYERS GUIDE
We look at all the latest offerings to tweak the performance from the tail of your board with pro knowledge from John Skye.

110-112 WS341 Xmas Gifts
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
Our handy guide to festive windsurf Goodies; leave in an obvious place to make sure there is no socks under the tree this year !


SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
What dreams are made of – windsurfing dreams don’t always have to be far away or destined by luck.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART
The Talent Myth – champion born or champion made – Peter Hart adds sports science to windsurf myth for an interesting result !

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