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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.)


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

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John Carter documents 24 hours on one of the best days of the season at the world’s most famous windsurfing beach.

The mighty Whitey undergoes Windsurf’s toughest test – the infamous questions of the ‘Last time’ !

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

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.

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

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

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

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,

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,

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A real world journey. Harty plots the progress of Chris Grainger – a recreational windsurfer on a comeback mission.

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

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.

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!

The island of windsurf champions goes under the micro guide microscope

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

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

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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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.

// 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.


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.


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

// Tuck up and keep pushing and pulling.


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.


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!


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.


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.



// 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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”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.


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

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

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

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.

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

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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.


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


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


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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 !

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


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 !



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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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.

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.

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!

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!

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

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.

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.


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

Tips to rip through the duck gybes


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

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!

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.


// 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.


// 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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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.

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?


// 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!

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 …


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

‘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.

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

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

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.


// 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!

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

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

Tuning box 

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


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.

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

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


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