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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.

Click here to read more: continentseven.com

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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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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? 

Words JEM HALL // Photos NicK Jones

(This feature originally appeared in the July 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!)

I really hope they are progressing well, through practice AND visualization, and if you want to move these forward then I will reveal a top secret you, shhhhh get on out there in light winds … shock horror! I can hear you say ‘I’m only going out if it is windy,’ or ‘my kit is too small.’

TIME ON WATER (T.O.W.)
Well I can reliably inform you that quite often the most learning and improvement on my coaching holidays comes in the lighter wind sessions and, often, the high wind moves like tacks, gybes and duck gybes are cracked after nailing these moves’ core skills down tight in less wind. As I have a lot of returners on my coaching hols, I can safely say that the ones who improve the most 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.

This month we look at what these drills and skills are and what the main tips and guidelines are for successful performance. I will focus on sharpening these skills on a WindSUP (Windsurfable Stand Up Paddleboard) this month and then next month on a floaty freemove/ freeride board. The WindSUPs are here to help us and our sport – and the most popular boards bought after a clinic, either on flat water or waves, are W’SUPs or floatier planing boards so as to have the opportunity to get more EFFECTIVE Time On The Water. Again, if you want to improve, you must choose to take actions to do exactly this, so, what actions could you take?

MOVES THAT MATTER
When I’m coaching in a light wind session I ask my rippers to grab a bigger board / W’SUP and a smaller rig, whilst some of our other more ‘learned’ fellows are on huge sails and smaller boards and sporting their speedos and high wetsuit boots and are generally going nowhere fast. This windsurfing lark is challenging enough, so let’s make it easy and go out and get back to our beginner and the sport’s founding roots and use bigger boards and smaller sails to have the time and control to learn the ‘moves that matter.’ Again, all these skills and a huge amount more are covered in full in my DVD ‘Beginner to Winner’.

STANCE:
The first skill is all about stance and how to get the best speed out of the board. Therefore, lets get all touchy feely and find the best place to put your hands and feet, which are mainly closer together and where it all feels balanced. ‘Don’t think, feel’ the kit is giving you feedback and it is saying ‘don’t over sheet me’, or, ‘stand further forward, and point your front foot forward to make you face forward’ (a huge tip for early planing in stronger winds!)

Drills for Stance: 

• One of my favourite skills, in all winds, is to sail one-handed. Drop your backhand and you will control the power more through your hips and feel just how important it is to steer the board through your feet and pull down on the boom – do it!

• Sail with your front hand off will see a similar skill development to the above and also help you to appreciate where the power point in the sail is. Both skills are also quite physical so are great for your water fitness!

• Lift your front leg. This will help you position your back foot better, both fore and aft (pivot) and side-to-side (tilt). Just do it.

• Kneel down over your front leg or drag your front leg in the water. This gets you pulling down on the boom and bending your back leg heaps in order to really add dynamism all over – especially in learning and improving your beach and waterstarts!

•  Now try one hand and one leg. Feel, enjoy and experiment.

TRANSITIONS
Practice makes permanent and, as they say, it takes 1000 reps to make a skill more automatic and locked into your motor memory. Therefore, a light-wind session of 40 mins could see you banging out 20 – 40 tacks and gybes, which has got to be good for staying dryer in higher winds and also for your fitness and getting your hands tougher?

Oh yes, you should please be doing your force 1 – 3 skills and drills with no harness on to get a feel for the trim and to develop your fitness and unhooked skills.

We covered tacks last month and so please refresh by reading this again. Now you are in lighter winds and on a big, open lovely EVA deck, please work on really using your legs and really moving your hips and feet dynamically.

Top Tack Tips: Feet and hands are narrower on the way in and wider on the way out. So get that back foot down the board on your exit please so you have the opportunity to steer (scissor legs) aggressively.

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GYBE TALKING:
I can safely say that, unless people 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. My coaching holidays on flat water without a few light wind sessions see a bit less progress than the trips that are howling all week. So, no, seven days of Force 6 will not make you a gybing legend unless you’re already competent in this area.

This is not a comprehensive guide to the fundamentals gybe, as we’re all embracing our touchy-feely skills, so I’ll give you the basic tips:

• Prepare early with wide hands and feet

• Scissor the board downwind

• Exaggerate, get low and have your back hand at the end of the boom

• Think ‘rig out and hips in’ as you look out the turn, at the clew or back hand

• Switch your feet, front heel to back toe and then step forward

• Sail clew-first out on a broad reach (45 degrees to the wind) and be very very good at this

• Slide your mast hand down and rotate the rig and take your time

• Keep looking forward and take the rig through a big circle

• Sweep the rig forward and across and get low to take the power

A great combo drill here is to do Circles, where you gybe one way and then sail 3 board lengths and then tack the other way and after 10 rotations you then reverse the rotation, i.e., tack and gybe the other way. Or, you can do The Box: sail and tack upwind 200 metres – and then gybe back downwind.

REE YOUR STYLE
Light winds are all about having fun, trying new stuff and being present in the moment. I often, after 30 minutes of light wind coaching, ask my clinic rippers “what drills have we just done and now please name 20 more we could do?” Why? This gets them refreshing their minds about what they can practice and so puts them in the mindset of a proactive learner and thereby boosts their ability to self coach and set targets – both musts if you wish to improve AND have fun, all whilst becoming a learning machine!

So, before you read on, please have a think and write down on paper – or on your phone – 10 more light-wind moves you would try on the right kit and in the right place …

“ Light winds are all about having fun, trying new stuff and being present in the moment ”

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OK, I’ll now add to your list and also see how many we are sharing on our lists, so, in addition to the above skills, you could perform:

• Light-wind beach starts, fin-first beach starts, clew-first ones too

• Ducking the sail and then sail clew first, then rotate the rig. (Called a sail 360)

• Ducking the sail and then gybe. This is called a, surprise surprise, duck gybe

• Front-to-sail: build skills for learning to heli tack

• Duck tacks, de rigueur for all you budding high-wind stylers

• Body and sail 360s: remember to not think and just ‘feel’

• Boomerangs / floaters

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This is not exhaustive and the list is endless. All you need is to focus, believe and enjoy while employing a large amount of perspiration and perseverance that will defo stand you in good stead for all the moves you want in high winds.

Go on and get out there and enjoy the W’SUP action, it’s funner than you think.

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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OCTOBER 2014 ISSUE – ON SALE

OCTOBER 2014 ISSUE - ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2014 ISSUE – ON SALE

The October 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.)

WAVE POWER

001 FC Version 2
MY GENERATION – ROBBY NAISH, BJÖRN DUNKERBECK, PHILIP KOSTER : WINDSURFING’S FAMILY TREE EXPLORED

016 COAST
COAST
Ireland, cold but perfect. JC captures the world class waves and all the action and tales from the Mullen brothers and Katie McAnena.

026 Generation
MY GENERATION
A look inside the minds of windsurfing’s young and old, all the way from Philip Koster to Robby Naish.

038 PWA DENMARK
PWA DENMARK
They waited a week to battle and finished in near darkness. Upsets, tension and another win for Traversa, JC tells all.

064 POLAND FINAL
PWA POLAND
Lights, cameras and a whole lot of action. Warsaw goes wild as Indoor windsurfing goes rock and roll crazy for an extraordinary event.

074 TURKEY UPDATED
THE HEAT IS ON
Neck and neck racing with the world’s Slalom elite. Ross Williams talks us through a PWA heat at Turkey from start to finish.

080 NEW NWF
NWF  
The UK’s ultimate windsurfing festival. We go behind the scenes with the industry to find out what makes it such a success

4.7 WAVE SAILS
We review the people’s favourite size. Which is better for you, 3,4 or 5 batten designs?, read all the results here.

THE LINE-UP
Ezzy Sails Taka                           4.5m
Goya Banzai                                4.7m
Maui Sails Mutant                     4.6m
RRD Vogue                                  4.7m
Sailloft Hamburg Quad            4.7m
Severne Blade                             4.7m
Simmer Style Sails Black Tip   4.7m
Tushingham Sails Rock             4.7m

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PETER HART MASTERCLASS – WHAT’S CONFUSING YOU?
Frequently Asked Questions get the Peter Hart, Expertly Answered Treatment.

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MOVE ON UP – DUCK GYBE
The most satisfying of all windsurfing’s transitions is well within your reach, Jem Hall breaks it down.

BRITS ON TOP
The page we want to have every issue ! An interview with Ben Profitt and Robby Swift, our two PWA podium heroes.

LATEST & GREATEST
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18Sep/14Off

JEM HALL TOP 100 WINDSURFING TIPS

JEM HALL TOP 100 WINDSURFING TIPS

JEM HALL TOP 100 WINDSURFING TIPS

Over the coming months Jem will be showing 100 key windsurfing tips to help you improve so stay tuned. Check out the intro from our resident technique guru..

Top 100 Windsurfing Tips with Jem Hall – Introduction from Jem Hall on Vimeo.

JEM HALL TOP 100 WINDSURFING TIPS

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Top 100 Windsurfing Tips with Jem Hall – Introduction from Jem Hall on Vimeo.

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16Sep/14Off

JEM HALL TECHNIQUE – CRACK THE TACK

JEM HALL TECHNIQUE - CRACK THE TACK

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MOVE ON UP With Jem Hall

JEM HALL TECHNIQUE – CRACK THE TACK

I hope you had a chance to reflect upon and put in place the tips on the ‘Holy Trinity.’ If these skills are the fundamentals that will serve you well through all aspects and disciplines of our great sport then this next move is the single most important transition you will require. I believe and suggest to you that tacking is more important than gybing and, shock horror, you heard it here first. It is hugely relevant from ‘Beginner to Winner’ and is crucial for improvers, intermediates and wave sailors alike.

(This feature originally appeared in the June 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!)

Words JEM HALL // Photos DAVE WHITE & NICOLAS JONES

 ‘Get low in and get low out and look where you go. Photo Dave White
Now I should be selling the tack to you but in some ways I feel I have to. I am looking to get you ‘moving on up’ and therefore out of your comfort zone. Carving 360s started this, and now tacking will not only challenge your learning and self-coaching but it will give you many skills that you will use throughout the sport. As ever, “If you always do what you have always done, well then you will always get what you have always got,” Anon. So please learn, improve and tack a lot. The tack is a fundamental move in windsurfing and it definitely assists intermediates in their quest for the carve gybe giving them that all important upwind advantage from where they can bear away and go for gybes. For wavesailing it is well known that if you tack at both ends in a wave break you will shorten your reaches by about a third and therefore get more jumps going out and more rides coming in. So I suggest you ease up on the ocean grooving, massive long reaches and please get tacking, that is if you want to get better. In fact I can say that from my coaching the people who struggle to learn to forward loop are more than often the ones who are unable, as yet, to tack. 

The tack has 3 key stages and like a good book there is a clear beginning, middle and end. Focus on improving on each of these areas and most of the winning is done in sound preparation. Keep your focus simple, look where you want to go, keep low and get the rig away. As in all moves the head is the key. You are already moving your head more effectively and looking where you go a whole lot more as you are already embracing the ‘Trinity,’ so this means you will find tacking learning, improvement and mastery all the more easy, hoorah! Now, I know you are waiting for a blatant plug here, so yes, the tack is covered extensively in my very complete instructional movie ‘Beginner to Winner.’ In order to present the move to you I will be giving you tips on each of the 3 stages, rather than a whole move breakdown – and for this piece I am looking at the planing entrance tack. 


Rig away and carve off heels. Photo Nick Jones

Tacks help your gybes through improved counterbalance. Photo Dave White

Look forward at exit – immediately! Photo Jem Hall

Rig back and along centreline, body  forwards and out. Photo Jem Hall

Hands move before foot change. Photo Jem Hall

Get low and back on exit and scissor legs’ Photo Nick Jones

BY FAILING TO PREPARE, YOU’RE PREPARING TO FAIL

When learning to tack, people, try to remember and even focus on ALL the aspects of the move. This is a mistake and it is best to focus on the relevant stage and even competent tackers are best to revisit and refocus on the vital entrance sequence in the tack. The top tips are: 

• Get the order right: Back hand at back harness line, so it’s easier to get it around to new side. Stay low and move front hand along boom and low down on to the mast. Then, unhook by bending arms and keep low and out. Next are the feet. 
• Now ze feet: Pull down on the boom to unweight your feet! This helps them slip out of the straps and the back foot comes out first, then the front foot, both just in front of the straps. 
• Keep the speed: Aim to maintain your speed in this unhooked / unstrapped position – this is a good drill in itself! Keep your front arm extended to get the rig away. Body is low with a bent back leg and straighter front leg. 
• Carve gradually upwind: Carve on your heelside whilst looking forwards. The feet will initially be placed just in front of the straps and then step up as the board slows down and you come more into the wind. 
• Counterbalance the rig: As the rig moves back, shift your body forward. 
• Eyes on the prize: Look forward and aim to be in the position in the pics at just before head-to-wind – looking forward, rig back down centreline, hips swinging forwards and out AND crucially front foot wrapped right round the mast foot. 

Look at these different targets / key body positions and visualise them and even walk through them and think about choosing 1 or 2 as targets for your 20-minute tack session. If you have got the prep phase you’re already succeeding, well done!


MOVE THOSE DANCING FEET
The footwork and transition comes at just before head-to-wind and you know you are there because you can see it, as you are looking that way. 

The toppest transition tips are:

Fast feet: Slick footwork comes from getting the weight off the back foot by swinging those hips forward whilst creating space with the rig back. The back foot can then step up and pivot.
Get in order: A great way to remember what to do in the transition phase is to think ‘release, reach and pivot’. At head-to-wind, release the backhand and reach round to the new side of the boom. This will make your footwork and the pivot that much sweeter. Think hands before feet!
Foot Work: The key is in the words you have to work and pivot the feet, so bend those ankles and get on the balls off your feet. Think about getting on down, James Brown. 
Look: All of this is much improved by looking where you want to go. Forward at start, back down new side of boom to move hand, then forward again as soon as you are around to the new side. 
Don’t think, do: No time to pause here, get round and believe you will make it. 

As for the entrance, work on your chosen targets from above.  


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HAPPY ENDINGS & SCISSOR KICKING
You’re so not done yet, so let’s finish this off … 


The top exit tips are:

Never give up: By looking to finish off the move and recover yourself from all sorts of positions, you learn and improve a great deal at saving all manner of tacks. Windsurfing is so often about ‘dynamic recovery!’
Look forward: This action will save you so many tacks, do it as soon as you are round to the new side. 
Pick it up: The new back foot must be lifted up, heel to bum and then moved aggressively towards the tail in front of the rear strap. This helps you steer / scissor out and stops the nose sinking too. 
Forwards and across: Get both hands down the boom so as to twist the rig and draw it forwards and across you. Front hand should slide down to front line and backhand goes way down the boom (key forward-loop skill!). 
Scissor: With the back foot way back and your front leg forward you can be in counterbalance (away from the rig). The rig is moving forward and you are moving back and being aggressive at pushing through front foot and pulling with back foot to scissor out from a low position

Focus on your chosen targets and you can even write key words on the back of your palms to remind you. I believe in you, so you believe in you. 


TACKING SALES PITCH
I really shouldn’t have to ‘sell’ you the tack, however through my many years of coaching at all levels I now feel I know you windsurf types very well and your shying away from tacks is legendary. And I have also personally witnessed how much tack competency – and focus – has transformed many of my clients. I will now present the skills present in the tack and how they transfer to other moves.

Entrance:
Unhooking and hand movement: Moving hands prior to unhooking – and smooth unhooking – is also hugely important for gybing

Carving upwind and keeping speed: Essential for wave riding and freestyle moves like upwind 360s, shuvits etc.

Transition
• Weight change and hip movement: Vital in gybing and wave riding

• Slick footwork: Huge factor in the mid part of the carve gybe

Exit
Moving rig forwards and across to steer: Massive in learning and improving forward loops. Non-tacking loopers simply don’t loop as well as tacking loopers!

Scissoring board with feet: The push and pull of the legs helps you steer into gybes and position the board in the air in jumps, amongst other moves. 


TAKEAWAY
As I’ve said before, you may need to do a move, but until you WANT to do it, all it will be is just talk and procrastination. There’s no better time than now to get into tacking on any board that floats, including big beginner boards and SUPs. The water is warm (er) and you should be looking to make the most of any opportunity to improve your sailing. Whilst I’m covering it here from a planing perspective, you can get it better and better on bigger boards and in lighter winds and look to move down in volume and up in wind strength as your competency and consistency improves. I will be covering this more in a future piece.

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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5Sep/14Off

SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE – ON SALE

SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE - ON SALE

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SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE WINDSURF MAGAZINE

The September 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.)

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