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CARVING 360 WITH JEM HALL

CARVING 360 WITH JEM HALL

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HOW TO DO A CARVING 360


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First on the menu for this first Jem Hall Technique feature is the Carving 360. What the hell? Well, the sky’s the limit and we can all do something that might be outside of our skill set to prove the mindset we all require to be the ‘Pilots of the water, and not the passengers!’ Believe me, but more importantly,

believe in yourself!

INTRO TO JEM

Helping you to become a better – and more motivated – windsurfer is a major aim of this publication.

For decades, Harty and Cribby – and more recently Sam Ross – have graced these pages, imparted wisdom and delivered eureka moments. They all have different styles of delivery to match their clients’ needs. So why, I hear you ask, am I writing to introduce a fourth coach to our ranks?

Well, you can never have enough input and experience and that’s what we believe you deserve – an all-encompassing spectrum of pointers to maximize your chances at progression and on-water joy.

Some of you might be of the view that Jem’s a beasting, bootcamp-running Bosun. But actually, like all coaches, who ultimately help you to coax your own potential from yourself, baldy’s actually a big sweetie with a much softened style.

In fact he’s actually pretty Zen as it happens, grasshopper. And what of Lord Cribb? Fear not, he’s still on the team and, in between his fully-booked clinic schedule, is spending some time working on exciting new multimedia formats that we hope will bring a new dimension to our content mix.

Welcome aboard Jem and here’s to some exciting times ahead for us all! (Ed.)

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Thanks to the editor for his intro. It’s great to be a part of this magazine’s fine pages and I hope you’ve had the chance to read the more complete introduction to my technique series on the fab Windsurf website. 

I’m kicking off this technique series with perhaps one of my favourite, and most useful, moves ever: the strapped-in carving 360

Useful? What the hell? It is not a turn and you end up going in the same direction, but it serves as a great way to dial in your kit and understand how your board carves and helps you to really ‘feel the rail’, exit tacks and learn vital rig-manoeuvring skills.

It’s one of the top ‘old skool’ carving freestyle moves that all good sailors should have in their repertoire and we can stand in awe as we see a lot of our heroes of our great sport perform this move in the flat spots between waves, or even using the wave as a boost to the end of the move.

So why am I imploring you to do this fantastic move? Mainly because I would like to get thinking outside of the box and also to get you trying new moves AND enjoying the act of learning.

Furthermore, any carving in both straps will improve your ability to keep speed through all your carves and rides, if that is your fancy.

The strapped 360 will call into account just how smooth your carving actually is – and also how aggressive you are.

Whilst it requires you to carve hard it’s also a gradual increase and so will aid you to really understand how your carving arcs must take into account:

• Your board speed

• Your kit

• The wind strength

TUNING

The toys for this are best to be easy turning larger boards that can hold a rail, think FSWs, freemoves, easy stylers, large wave board.

Bigger boards from 85 to 115 litres help you at the end of the move to avoid the dreaded tail sink and yet they can still be carved hard.

Your kit set up is:

• ‘Big is beautiful’ straps so you can really carve hard and feel the rail. Front ones should not be set too far back and both sets should be inboard!

• Smaller fins for easier carving. Think 24 – 30cm for single fins. Note that small freestyle fins are not always adept at holding a rail.

• Relatively flat sail to improves it speed (into the carve) and handling at front to sail

I’m here to guide you through this move with the toppest of tips but I am really backing you to help yourself as this will move you forward towards the target of becoming better self coaches.

It’s this target setting and self coaching that will see you progress throughout your sessions and over the course of a season/trip.

CORE SKILLS
Forewarned is very much forearmed here and if you equip yourself with some core skills then you will have the tools to help you nail this move.

The move is a smooth, gradually increasing carve, into some front-to-sail shenanigans and steering – and then lastly into some subtle, but aggressive, steering through the wind.

The carving part is all part of the journey and this will come in time, but you can really give yourself the best chance to nail this by practicing:

• Sailing front to sail (backwinded) on floatier kit and then steering upwind and eventually through the wind in lighter winds

• Lots of tacking where you really focus on steering out of the tack with dynamic rig movements and scissoring (push and pulling feet) legs.

LAY IT DOWN AND CARVE IT UP

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. I’m attacking this move on a RRD Firemove 102, changed the fin down to a 32cm on a 5.3 Ezzy Elite.

In the build up to carve I’ve checked for space, unhooked and hung off the boom and then scissored the board off the wind to get speed. I’ve really accelerated off the wind on a broad reach to enable me to carve hard with speed and get me through the arc.

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1. Without having to post up way too many pics for this sequence I’m in this carving position by rolling across the rail and into the carve with very bent ankles & knees and I am carving off the front foot at the beginning (crucial!) of the move, all whilst laying the rig down (towards the water).

I also have my hands near to the lines. This roll-over and carve gets smoother with time and, after more attempts, really is a leap of faith as you carve hard and ‘feel the rail.’

Start to look up at the top of the mast, more than the grinning maniac here.

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2. My sail is flat to the water here and I’m really bent over through flexed knees and ankles. Then I’m looking up at the top of the mast to help initiate the tightening of my carving arc.

My back foot is really pushing the rail down here and to balance this I’m shifting my hips (weight) forward whilst keeping the rig back.

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3. I remain in this dropped right over the rail position and continue to carve, looking back and towards the mast tip to help steer the board round.

The rig stays low and you can you see my big hips shifting forward. I position the rig back as the body moves forward to exacerbate the steering through the wind as far as possible.

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4. I have kept the the rig back and low so that it does not power up and push me over and I am doing all I can to keep steering me round the move.

To keep the board flat I’ve bent my front knee a lot to pull me forward and over the board. Now in this pic you can see it is time to finish off and get upright to steer the board out.

To come up from my carving position I pushed out on the backhand and bent the front arm, this allows the rig to push you up from the water.

This gets me outboard and ready to scissor the board through the wind.

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5. It’s aggressive steering time now and your tack exit skills are called into account here. This next bit makes the 360 and stops it being a 270!

As your feet are in the straps it’s much easier to scissor the board, so start to pull in with the back leg and push with the front foot.

Hang down off the boom to keep the board flat and ensure the rig is thrown forwards and across you. These steering actions can also be used mid jump to initiate a forward loop!

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6. This last part is really just like coming out of a tack. With your feet anchored in the straps you can be really aggressive in scissoring the board, so do just that.

Open the sail, weight your toeside and get planing quickly – all much smoother because you’re already in the straps. Well done! Now go and learn it going the other way.

SUMMARY

• Prepare and get speed downwind fully strapped in

•  Ensure back hand is up the boom

•  Come across and carve off the front foot

•  Drop the rig to the inside and commit to the carve

•  Look back and at the mast tip as you carve harder

•  Shift your weight forwards as the board slows

•  Come back up and outboards by pushing out on the backhand

•  Twist and throw the rig forwards as you scissor the board

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  at jemhall.com for details. You can also follow him on Twitter / Facebook.

FAULT ANALYSIS

Problem: Board does not carve and stops, or rails catch

Solution: Bear away and get speed and then carve

Problem: Board carves and carries and does not get round carve far enough

Solution: Come over and progressively carve and increase the carving pressure harder

Problem: Sail gets stuck in water

Solution: Coming over too far, find the happy medium

Problem: Sail blows you over as you are front to sail

Solution: Sail too high so keep it back and down

Problem: Board stops and tail sinks

Solution: Shift hips forwards and inboard

Problem: Fall on sail whilst front to sail

Solution: Push out on back hand to get you back up, just the right amount

Problem: You mess up the steering out of the move

Solution: Have patience grasshopper and get amazing insightful tips on this and much much more on a Jem Coaching Holiday.

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3Jul/14Off

JULY 2014 ISSUE – ON SALE

JULY 2014 ISSUE - ON SALE

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JULY 2014 ISSUE WINDSURF MAGAZINE

The July 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.)

ENDLESS SUMMER – SUN & WIND GALORE

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JUICY READS

MOROCCO Update 7 pages

ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER ‘Two riders were approaching – and the wind began to howl’. JC journeyed to Jimi Hendrix country in Morocco for a mystical trip involving slabs, tree-climbing goats – and two of the most radical windsurfers on the planet, Boujmaa Guilloul and Kauli Seadi.

 

020 DIETER

MOMENTS Freestyle sensation Dieter Van Der Eyken shows a different side to Western Australia, shunning the headline-grabbing surf spots and hunting down jaw-dropping flatwater paradises.

 

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COAST The Motley crew stay in home waters for once with a trip to South Coast hotspot West Wittering.

 

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BOLT FROM THE BLUE JC tells the story on how Tushingham Sails have simplified their range and made gear choice easier with the all-new sail line, The Bolt.

 

092 COSTA BRAVA 2014

VIVE LA FRANCE John Carter was on-hand to witness a spectacular raid by the French, who darted over the border to Catalunya and claimed the entire podium at the opening PWA Slalom event in Costa Brava.

 

GEAR HEADS

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BOARD TEST
Seabreeze Sizzlers: (135L Freeride boards.)
Summer fun and entry-level joy – we took the latest toys for a spin.

THE LINEUP

FANATIC GECKO 135 LTD
GOYA CARRERA 130
JPAUSTRALIA X-CITE RIDE PLUS PRO EDITION 135
RRD FIRESTORM LTD. V2 129
STARBOARD CARVE 131 CARBON

SAIL TEST

Ready for Anything: (6.0 X-Over sails.)
Crossover sails have the most demanding ‘want it all’ briefs of the lot. But which ones tick the most boxes?

THE LINE-UP 

ATTITUDE SOURCE 5.8
EZZY LEGACY 5.8
GAASTRA CROSS 6.0
GOYA NEXUS 5.9
NAISH MOTO 6.0
NEILPRYDE FUSION 6.1
NORTH VOLT 5.9
POINT-7 HF 2G 5.9
RRD MOVE 6.2
SIMMER IRON 6.2
SEVERNE GATOR 6.0
VANDAL ADDICT 6.0

SUMMER ACCESSORIES GUIDE Essentials to make the most of your time on the water.

+ PLUS

BOUTIQUE BRANDS Purist underground brand Patrik profiled.

TEKKERS

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PETER HART MASTERCLASS – GYBING TOOLBOX
The gybe is never really ‘cracked.’ But continual progress comes from gathering more and more tools to help you cope with more and more situations.  Peter Hart has a rummage through your toolbox.

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MOVE ON UP – SKILLS AND DRILLS
Light-wind workouts to polish your technique from Super Coach Jem Hall

BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST Early 2015 gear and more tasty toys to salivate over.

PEOPLE & PLACES The Who’s Who and What’s What of the windsurfing world.

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL We can be heroes – when the wind blows.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART No, he’s not gone all evangelistic on us, but Harty definitely feels lucky to live in ‘God’s Pocket’.

 

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16Jun/14Off

FOOTSTRAP TUNING AND MASTFOOT POSITIONING TIPS – JEM HALL COACH

FOOTSTRAP TUNING AND MASTFOOT POSITIONING TIPS - JEM HALL COACH

FOOTSTRAP TUNING AND MASTFOOT POSITIONING TIPS – JEM HALL COACH

If you’ve been following Jem Hall’s new technique series in the magazine, then Jem’s latest clip will help you set up your gear to get the absolute best out if it.

‘This clip reflects upon the suggestions of where to place your footstraps and how important the correct size is.

‘I then go into some tips for your mast foot positioning.

‘These clips will also appear on my new website Jemhall.com.

‘Please take the time to experiment with these tweaks and move your windsurfing forward. Enjoy and thanks for watching.’


BOOM HEIGHT, HARNESS LINE LENGTH AND OUTHAUL TWEAKS FROM JEM

Footstrap Tuning and Mast Foot Positioning from Jem Hall on Vimeo.

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10Jun/14Off

BOOM, HARNESS AND SAIL TRIM TIPS – JEM HALL COACH

BOOM, HARNESS AND SAIL TRIM TIPS - JEM HALL COACH

BOOM, HARNESS AND SAIL TRIM TIPS – JEM HALL COACH

If you’ve been following Jem Hall’s new technique series in the magazine, then this clip will help you figure out the best balance of boom height settings, Harness line positioning and length and outhaul Trim.

I took some time to film, whilst in Moulay, some tuning movies to help you all set up your kit so that you are more able to get the absolute best out if it.

‘This movie reflects upon the suggestions of where to position your boom and harness lines and just how important the correct harness line length really is.

I then go into some tips for your sail tuning foot and comment on outhaul trim.

‘These clips will also appear on my new website Jemhall.com.

‘Therefore please take the time to experiment on this and move your windsurfing forward. Enjoy and thanks for watching.’

Boom Height / Harness line positioning & Length / Outhaul Trim from Jem Hall on Vimeo.

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4Jun/14Off

JUNE 2014 ISSUE – ON SALE

JUNE 2014 ISSUE - ON SALE

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JUNE 2014 ISSUE WINDSURF MAGAZINE

The June 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.)

HIT THE ROAD

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INSIDE

BIG AND BEEFY

Windsofchange

WINDS OF CHANGE New season, fresh start. To mark the new start of a new era in sponsorship, John Carter profiles the ridiculously talented and radical Ricardo Campello.

 

CApe Verdi

THE GREAT STORM OF HERCULES While many targeted the eye of the storm when Hercules struck in early 2014, Kai Katchdourian joined World Champs Kevin Pritchard and Josh Angulo as they fled the epicentre and closed in on the long-range pulses of swell the heroic son of Zeus sent to Cabo Verde.

 

BOARDS

BOARD TEST (110L Freerace boards.) If recreational slalom racing, GPS glory or simply being the King of the drag races on the local stretch is your goal, then these friendly-but-fast freeracers will definitely tickle your fancy.

THE LINEUP

FANATIC RAY 110
JP SUPERSPORT 112
RRD FIRESTORM LTD 111
SIMMER MONSTER 100
STARBOARD FUTURA 111
TABOU SPEEDSTER

108 SAIL TEST (8.0 Twin-Cam sails.) Free and easy, narrow-luffed blasters or deep and drafty freeracers – which sails will suit you best for summer sea breezes and slaying your competition?

THE LINEUP

EZZY LION 7.5
GAASTRA COSMIC 8.0
NEILPRYDE HORNET 7.7
SEVERNE TURBO 7.5
SIMMER 2XC 7.8
NORTH S_TYPE 7.8

 

BWA

BWA TOUR The 2014 U.K. wave tour kicked off the season in style in North Wales with an awe-inspiring array of double-looping action alongside the largest amateur and most-promising ladies fleets in decades.

 

Coast - Filey

COAST Yorkshire’s not just a heaven for lovers of gravy and puddings. JC and the Motley Crew joined a gang of the UK’s finest wavesailors as they tucked into a meaty feast of East Coast wind and waves near Filey.

 

Maui

KONA KINGS Big Kahunas Robby Swift and Jason Polakow were the early birds catching the worms as Maui’s bone-crunching left-hander at Lanes turned it on for a rare day of Kona Wind action.

 

TEKKERS

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PETER HART MASTERCLASS – LIGHT FEET Defy belief and become an early-planing legend with these top tips from windsurfing’s own Peter Pan. He’s a big fella, so, if it works for him …

 

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MOVE ON UP – CRACK THE TACK No, it’s not looping or gybing, but if you want to master those you need to follow Jem’s new series on ‘The Holy Trinity’ of sailing fast, planing early and staying upwind, the latter – and the focus of this month’s feature – being best achieved by using the tack effectively!

 

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POV camera

P.O.V. PRO TIPS Globe-trotting pro Ben Proffitt spills the beans on his favourite line-of-sight and P.O.V devices and mounts. If they’ve survived a single session, let alone a season in Ben’s possession, then they’re surely worth every penny.

SPAIN & CANARIES TRAVEL GUIDE Hola! Get your summer time fix (and sombrero) on with these hot picks for wind and warmth in Spain’s insanely windsurfer – and family – friendly beaches and resorts.

BOUTIQUE BRANDS Our first look into some of the smaller brand names  avoiding the hype and quietly going about their business making quality gear for discerning clients. This time we focus on German sail makers SailLoft Hamburg.

BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST What’s new, shiny and going to tempt you this month?

PEOPLE & PLACES Stay on the pulse without an internet connection!

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL Get off your ass and go sail somewhere else!

AFFAIRS OF THE HART Mr. Phart tackles the contentious subject of weight loss …

 

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MAY 2014 ISSUE – ON SALE

MAY 2014 ISSUE - ON SALE

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MAY 2014 ISSUE WINDSURF MAGAZINE

The May 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.)

ULTIMATE WORKOUTS

SORT OUT YOUR STANCE // FIT TO SAIL // CAPE TOWN SPOT GUIDE

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IN THE PIT

Scott

DRIVE John Carter profiles his arch-enemy Scott McKercher and finds out what life’s been like since he quit the tour and headed-up Starboard’s waveboard R&D program.

windsurf Norway

THE KINGDOM OF NORWAY  – With a premiere deadline looming, Below the Surface Producer, the late André Paskowski, despatched PWA pro Klaas Voget on a Tolkien voyage to find – and film – waves among the fjords.

 

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COAST Finn and Timo Mullen summoned JC on a classified mission to North West Ireland. With a top-secret point break firing, high security was paramount. Apart from the pictures and story that we garnered from Carter in a brutal interrogation debrief that is. (He buckled and spilt the beans on sight of a bacon sandwich and a bag of crisps.)

GEAR HEADS

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BOARD TEST (115L Slalom boards.) Have you got what it takes to sail full-on race gear? Why should you be getting into it? If you want

a buzz like sailing big surf gives you – all the time – then you need to re-think and get stuck into this …

THE 115L SLALOM BOARDS LINEUP

FANATIC FALCON 110
JP SLALOM PRO 68
RRD X-FIRE 114
TABOU MANTA 71
STARBOARD ISONIC 117

 

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SAIL TEST (7.8 Slalom sails.) Okay. So we’ve sold it to you right? Now which is fastest? Raw, unadulterated power, or smooth and energy-efficient control?

THE 7.8 SLALOM SAILS LINEUP

GAASTRA VAPOR 7.9
NEILPRYDE RS: SLALOM 7.8
NORTH WARP 7.8
POINT-7 7.8 AC-1
RRD FIRE 7.8
SIMMER SCR 7.8
SEVERNE REFLEX 7.8

 

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SUMMER WETSUITS BUYERS’ GUIDE Slim and supple rubber and the latest technologies to extend your precious time on the water.

 

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SLALOM FINS BUYERS’ GUIDE No. Good fins don’t just bring incremental gains – they’re the difference between sailing in a straight line – or not! Read this and get in-the-know.

+ PLUS

 

HIT THE ROAD

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CAPE TOWN SPOT GUIDE British Champion Phil Horrocks considers South Africa his winter ‘home-from-home’. So who better to get an inside view from on the best spots around the Cape of Good Hope and some handy travelling tips?

 

NUGGETS

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PETER HART MASTERCLASS Are you fit enough? How do you train smart? We’re usually shy of contentious fitness features, but, as Harty’s been windsurfing for at least three centuries, you should definitely listen to what he has to say.

 

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MOVE ON UP The second in Jem Hall’s new series focuses on effective stance – the foundation for EVERYTHING else we want to – or still need to – master. Whatever your level, you’re simply in denial if there’s not something enlightening in this guide for you.

BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST He who dies with the most toys wins.

PEOPLE & PLACES What’s up and what’s going down.

 

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL Why does beer taste so good after windsurfing?

AFFAIRS OF THE HART Let’s get physical. As the owner of at least one good knee, Harty’s the chairman of the self-preservation society.

 

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1May/14Off

JEM HALL MOULAY CLINIC CLIP

JEM HALL MOULAY CLINIC CLIP

JEM HALL MOULAY CLINIC CLIP

JEM HALL CLINICS

(Jem Hall is the latest Technique Guru to join the Windsurf Team.)

‘This shows the footage and action from my Wavesailing coaching weeks in Marvellous May 2013.

‘We were hosted by Lawamas for beds, breakfast and lunch, by Fettah and his fab team, and for toys and delicious lunches it was over to Bruno and the Magic Fun Afrika team.

‘The conditions were excellent with a variety of wave size from small to nerve racking. Over 2 weeks we had wind 5 days out of 7 and action to be had on the upwind break, main peak and the reef break.

Moulay, Morocco, 2013 – Jem Hall wavesailing coaching holiday from Jem Hall on Vimeo.

‘I am in Marvellous Moulay every May so come and join me but please book soon as this clinic is one of my fastest selling and with a huge return rate. See you there in 2015!’

Jem leaves for Moulay today and is selling out his last spots for 2014:

PSC, Baja, Mexico – August 2 Clinic LAST PLACES

Brandon Bay, Ireland – September 27 Selling Fast

Jeri, Brazil – Dec. 7 – 15 Selling Fast / Clinic 1 SOLD OUT


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16Apr/14Off

JEM HALL CLINIC PUNTA SAN CARLOS BAJA

JEM HALL CLINIC PUNTA SAN CARLOS BAJA

JEM HALL CLINIC PUNTA SAN CARLOS BAJA

‘This was put together by the legend Clive ‘El Toro’ Boden and shows footage and action from my Wavesailing coaching weeks in August 2013.

‘We were hosted by Solosports who as ever gave us the best toys, amazing food and fantastic drinks.

‘The conditions were the smallest we have had in 6 of my trips. Yet we had wind every day and action was to be had on the bombie and the inside break. I am back there from July 19th to August 9th 2014.

‘There are a few spaces left on the Aug. 2 – 9 coaching holiday so get involved by mailing me from my website jemhall.com

Punta San Carlos, Baja, Mexico, 2013 – wavesailing deep joy with Jem Hall coaching from Jem Hall on Vimeo.

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20Mar/14Off

APRIL ISSUE ON SALE NOW

APRIL ISSUE ON SALE NOW

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SUPER SESSIONS!

STORM CHASE // BACKYARDS // THE CRIBBAR // LEVI SIVER 

The April 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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THE BIG KAHUNAS

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RED BULL STORM CHASE FINALÉ
Even if you made it down to Cornwall to watch for youself, you need to read this report of the momentous series showdown here in home waters.

LEVI

HO’OKIPA STATE OF MIND
Levi Siver is the pro sailors’ favourite wavesailor and most windsurfers’ top-rated rider. John Carter profiled the smooth-sailing, Aloha Classic winner.

BACKYARDS SURVIVAL

BACKYARDS SURVIVAL 101
Even heavy-water specialist Jason Polakow gets himself into trouble from time to time. Alone at Sunset Beach after a serious beatdown at Backyards, the legendary Aussie gives a gripping account of how a pro of his calibre still needed assistance from the North Shore Oahu lifeguards.

CRIBBER

COAST
Our series documenting the best action and most picturesque locations around the British and Irish shorelines feature Neal Gent, Steve Thorpe and Ross Williams taking on the infamous Cornish big-wave spot The Cribbar.


ALL THE TOYS, ALL THE TIME

TEST

BOARD TEST
The ‘wide and thin’ revolution continues with slim-railed, carvy freeride shapes with all the stability benefits of boards 15 litres bigger – and the performance of hulls with 15 litres smaller. We took five of the top contenders for a thorough examination in Egypt.

THE LINEUP INCLUDES:

FANATIC GECKO 120 LTD
JPAUSTRALIA MAGIC RIDE 118
RRD FIRESTORM 120
SIMMER FREEMOVE 120
STARBOARD ATOMIQ 120

SAIL TEST
The performance of rotational freerace sails continues to skyrocket. This time we’ve reviewed 11 of the latest 7.5 no-cams that’ll widen your wind range like never before.

READ REPORTS ON:

ATTITUDE RPM 7.9
EZZY CHEETAH 7.5
GAASTRA SAVAGE 7.8
GOYA NEXUS 7.5
NEILPRYDE HELLCAT 7.7
NORTH E_TYPE 7.8
POINT-7 AC-X 4G 7.5
RRD FIRE 7.6
SIMMER VMAX 7.9
SEVERNE NCX 7.5
TUSHINGHAM T4 7.5

 

102-103 WS334 FINS

FREERIDE FINS BUYERS’ GUIDE
A selection of foils with easy-to-access performance to help you maximise time on the water.

+ PLUS

HIT THE ROAD

CRETE
Pro freestyler Maarten Van Ochten knows Crete like the back of his hand and, luckily for you, he’s unveiled a handy spot guide of the island’s best flat-water finds.

TRAVEL ED

MEDITERRANEAN TRAVEL GUIDE
All the best resorts, spots, clinics and operators for a memorable break in the sun this summer.


TECHNIQUE

PeterHart

FLOP OR FLY
Peter Hart returns with part two of his comprehensive guide to successful tips on jumping and a supplies a few handy case studies of DOs and DON’Ts.

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MOVE ON UP
Introducing the first in a new series that welcomes coaching Guru Jem Hall onboard the Windsurf Mag technique team. To kickstart his series, Jem outlines the Carving 360 – that contains some core skills and movements for use elsewhere for your sailing progression.


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WELCOME ABOARD JEM HALL

WELCOME ABOARD JEM HALL

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MOVE ON UP With Jem Hall

Helping you to become a better – and more motivated – windsurfer is a major aim of this publication. It’s a funny sport. In many other pastimes we’d happily accept that ongoing coaching is part of the process – and fun – of learning. Within windsurfing however, many of us have, perhaps, a little too much pride and, once we’ve passed a beginners’ course, boldly and frankly, blindly, stride forward alone into a world of bad habits and orthapaedic nightmares. 

For decades, Harty and Cribby – and more recently Sam Ross – have graced our pages, imparted wisdom and delivered eureka moments. They all have different styles of delivery to match their clients’ needs. So why, I hear you ask, would we introduce a fourth coach to our ranks? 

Well, you can never have enough input and experience and that’s what we believe you deserve – an all-encompassing spectrum of pointers to maximize your chances at progression and on-water joy. Some of you might be of the view that Jem’s a beasting, bootcamp-running Bosun. (It’s okay – he can’t harm you in print.)

But actually, like all coaches, who ultimately help you to coax your own potential from yourself, baldy’s actually a big sweetie with a much softened style, in fact he’s actually pretty Zen as it happens, grasshopper.

Anyway, we’re looking forward to how his, err, more direct mannerisms might come across loud and clear in these pages! Will we run four tech pages from four coaches in each issue?

No. And what of Lord Cribb? Fear not, he’s still on the team – and not even on the bench – and, in between his fully-booked clinic schedule, is spending some time working on exciting new multimedia formats – that we hope will bring a new dimension to our content mix – and working on new material for our summer editions.

We’ve also got some interesting insight on equipment from a coach’s point-of-view in the pipeline from Guy. For now, read on and see what you can expect from Mr. Hall and what takeaways he has for you until his first in-depth feature. Welcome aboard Jem and here’s to some exciting times ahead for us all! (Ed.)

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YOU ARE THE PILOT
By Jem Hall

Thanks for my introduction and the opportunity to work with the great team at Windsurf Magazine. We’re not working on any specific moves this time out but I want you to think about a few key aspects before we start next time.

There are definitely a lot of preconceptions on how I go about helping people to improve. The most important thing to note is that I’m looking to help people improve, period.

One of my primary beliefs in how to get you to think about your sailing is that YOU are in charge of what you do – you are the pilot. This is an ideal to grasp. It’s up to you and only you to take ownership for your windsurfing improvement – and more importantly enjoyment.

I look to people to think about what it is they CAN control – both on and off the water – and what they should look to focus on during their sessions – and then review this afterwards. So here is your first nugget in my new technique series, ‘you are the pilot and not the passenger’ so please ‘believe and achieve.’

MY APPROACH
Perhaps you’re already considering my approach and coaching philosophy? I genuinely believe the sky’s the limit. And often if it’s the limits we place on ourselves that can stunt our progression. So release that mental handbrake, the negative self dialogue and banish those limits.

To add to the above, I implore people to focus on effective and efficient key windsurf techniques and actions and then apply them across all areas. This combined with a huge helping of self-belief, self-coaching and determination will take you a long way, this underpins my approach to coaching on my clinics and is what I would love to get across to you right now.

WHY ARE YOU READING THIS?
So far you might be thinking ‘okay, enough of the life coaching and psychology lesson’ and you may well be questioning ‘why am I reading this?’

I would then suggest that you are looking at this article and looking to follow this series because you want to get better, or perhaps because you want to have the knowledge of what you can do better to take action to improve.

It’s here that you must understand that you must want to achieve your targets in life, new job, better relationship, happiness as oppose to just needing to achieve them.

Another reason to read this series – and to reiterate some of Sam Ross’s Philosophy – is that I will look to keep it simple so that you have obvious targets to achieve and skills to practice and that this will help you move forward that much easier. 

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MY STYLE
There will be many different views on how I deliver my coaching and pass on the knowledge that I’ve gained from coaching.

Some might say I have a strong / command style and some would say my approach has softened over the years but what I will do is ‘coach.’ I will challenge you in this series and on my coaching holidays, to question what it is you need to do to get better and what it is you just did. I place the ownership on you to improve, but hey I’m right there with you, and see myself as a facilitator of your learning.

I do set quite high standards and ask that you focus as much as possible as we are all enjoying an amazing sport yet boy is it challenging, and I’m sure my colleagues Guy, Pete and Sam will agree.

When I’m coaching on my clinics I will not cover a move in huge detail as I really want people to feel how it all goes down and just focus on a few key points.

It’s after these experiences that I can then ‘coach’. I believe that repetition is the key and that we have to keep moving and so I like to see people out their on the water in all winds, getting involved, working hard and yet again enjoying themselves with like minded people. 

WHO IS THIS SERIES FOR?
My ‘Move On Up’ series is for people who want to take action and move their sailing forward and are determined to improve their windsurfing skills while having an interesting thought-provoking read.

Whilst this might not be your thing, hold your horses before you turn the page, there’ll also be plenty in here to look at on how can you develop your psychology. Many of my clients come back to me for this reason, apply the coaching principles I utilise to their work and other areas of life.

Where at all possible I’ll look to inspire, educate, entertain and enthuse. Furthermore, I’m not adverse to a bit of humour, though my dry wit might not be up there with the legendary Harty’s …

My words and pages might also be just the elixir to bring you up from a low patch and get you to break on through. I’m highly committed and very enthusiastic and this can be very infectious so whilst you may be reading with a tinge of cynicism, give me a while, practice what I preach and then see if you want to stay tuned.

DAVE WHITE ON JEM

‘Not another bloody windsurf coach … I sail every day it’s windy, blast past my mates, get round the corners and throw a few forwards … just wasted pages if you ask me.’

How crazy that looks to me now in hindsight. So many years wasted doing what I could, rather than what I should.

REWIND
I think I’ve been on a trip with just about every windsurfing coach there is. Harty was my ‘Doc Brown’, but, while he didn’t drive a Delorean, he had to take me back to change the future.

Like many, gybing was something I had to, rather than wanted to do, until he pointed out my assets rather than my failings, although I’ve get to stop him making me say “if I stop I sink” in every video to stress the point.

Opening the arc and using my natural speed soon had me planing out of gybes, and just as he found my answer, he’d find the right formula for success for all.

Life and ambitions move on and soon I ran into Jem Hall just as I was reacquainting myself with wavesailing. I guess timing is everything and, for me, the time wasn’t right, a whistling Boot-Camp Major wasn’t for me.

Now back over to Jem …

IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
That 20/20 hindsight would have come in handy again. I should’ve stolen the whistle and brought him a drink or three rather than wait the two years before taking advantage of his unquestionable passion for coaching.

Yes, the Boot-Camp Major has mellowed, just as I’ve lengthened my harness lines, opened my footstraps and now move my hands to open the sail on the top turn.

‘Wasted pages?’ I don’t think so. Although these pages will come with a wallet warning, no, not a kit list, but for the learning experiences that you’ll crave for more of.  I know first hand, that courses have to take words into actions …

HOW WILL YOU BE GETTING YOUR FIX?

I’ll be delivering my series on these fair pages throughout the year. They’ll then be put on the glorious windsurf.co.uk/technique section to catch up on wherever you may be and for you to review! 

THANKS FOR YOUR FEEDBACK
Hang on I thought I was the coach? Well, I can say that a huge majority of what I’ve learned in windsurf coaching and personal development has come from taking on board amazing feedback from my clients, pro sailors and people I’ve advised – and long may this continue.

So if you want to discuss any of the series or what ever comes to mind then you can:

  • Skype me, my status is displayed on my fab new website jemhall.com
  • Message me on Facebook
  • Email me
  • There’s even talk we will set up a Jem feedback / interactive page on the w’surf site in the future. (Err, yes, perhaps when it’s not too windy or near an issue deadline one day we’ll get round to that. Ed.)

 WHAT’S THE PLAN COACH?
In my ‘Move On Up’ technique series I’ll offer simple but effective tips, skills and drills to help you move your sailing forward. I’ll be focusing mainly on improvers and intermediates but touching on wave stuff to keep you inspired and demo how the basic skills apply to all areas of our great sport. I will set specific goals, so here is the first couple. It’s winter for many, but spring is coming so please Move On Up and get yourself as fit as possible and begin visualising the skills you will be achieving.

First on the menu and the next technique feature will be the 360. What the hell? Well, the sky’s the limit and this shows we can all do something that might be outside of our skillset and prove the mindset we all require to be the ‘Pilots of the water, and not the passengers!’ Believe me, but more importantly, believe in yourself!

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.  

Pics Clive Boden, Dave White, Karel Tyc, Felix Koster, Clark Merritt and James Mellor

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