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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.

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


GEAR SHED

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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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5Nov/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? 

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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SKILL BUILDERS

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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6Oct/14Off

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

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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
More 2015 gear and John Skye gives his expert view on all the top contenders in the tightest PWA wave title in years.

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WINTER WETSUITS
We round up the latest in winter rubber for review and learn how to take care of our precious suits from an expert in wetsuitology !

EDITORIAL

One big happy family – the joy of windsurfing is the tie that binds.

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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

More at www.jemhall.com

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.)

GYBE-TASTIC - CRACKING THE CARVE FOR ALL LEVELS

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PIRATES OF THE SOLENT
Our very own camera geek, JC, and Isle of Wight local Scott Gardner became more obsessed than train spotters with their pursuit of the world’s biggest container ships – and the curse of the Marco Polo in the English Channel.

054 MAUI updated
THE LEGEND OF ONE EYE
With the luxury of a sponsor shoot boat, Klaas Voget scored heavy, pristine, turbo-speed surf at Mauritius’ famed, bone-crunching break.

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GLADIATOR PIT – FIRST-TIME RACER
John Skye sharpened his fins and became a rookie racer at Sotavento. Read his insider view of being a slalom tour newbie.

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PWA CANARIES WAVE TOUR
There were new contenders, heart-breaking trials and some serious scores to settle in the surf of Gran Canaria and Tenerife this summer. John Carter was on-hand for a first-hand account of all the drama.

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PWA SIAM PARK POOL SESSION
Event sponsor Bjoern Dunkerbeck’s ‘Lucky 11’ qualifiers perfected their jet ski slingshots and went into aeriel battle above the Tenerife wave pool.

PWA FUERTEVENTURA FREESTYLE
More controversy and a jaw-dropping standard left the spectators at Sotavento staggered at the level of modern windsurfing.

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EXPLORING POLAND
PWA Pros Phil Soltysiak and Max Matissek took the road less travelled along the Poland’s Baltic coastline.

SAIL TEST updated
GEAR SHED
5.3 WAVE SAILS – The first 2015 gear was put to the sword against sloppy surf and marginal wind conditions in Tenerife.

TEKKERS – CARVE GYBE SPECIAL

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PETER HART MASTERCLASS – HAPPY ENDINGS
With the technique focus on the age-old carve gybe hurdle, rather than a generic ‘how-to’ guide, Harty focuses on how to exit planing. And we all want that …

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MOVE ON UP – GYBE TALKING
Jem brings a step-by-step overview of the critical phases of that elusive carve gybe.

BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST
More 2015 gear to salivate over and all the latest toys.

PEOPLE & PLACES
Right place right time. Catch up on all the best events and destinations to visit.

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
The great indoors – does fan-assisted windsurfing aid the image of the sport – and does the tow-out, arena-based side of sailing need a makeover?

AFFAIRS OF THE HART
Is it an institution – or just for people that should be housed in institutions? Probably both. Harty assesses the significance of the annual National Watersports Festival.

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7Aug/14Off

JEM HALL TECHNIQUE: STANCE – THE HOLY TRINITY

JEM HALL TECHNIQUE: STANCE – THE HOLY TRINITY

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MOVE ON UP With Jem Hall


STANCE – THE HOLY TRINITY

(This feature originally appeared in the April 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!)


Next on the menu from Jem Hall’s Technique series is stance, the simplest way to get the best out of your sailing. As the great Keith Cunningham said, ‘Ordinary things consistently done, produce extraordinary results,’ so over to Jem as he implores you to Focus,

Believe and Enjoy.

I hope you enjoyed the last piece on Carving 360s and have been thinking and visualising this fantastically fun move, if you had the opportunity you might have even tried some by now!  Impossible is nothing and we have got to drag ourselves kicking and screaming out of our comfort zone. That is if WE WANT TO? Wants are more powerful than needs and help you form a commitment to a strategy or action.

You will notice that quite a lot of my technique pieces and live coaching entail aspects of ‘life coaching,’ well this is because I am looking to get the very best out of you and technique is only one part of this and a lot of it is down to your own personal levels of fitness, focus, commitment, self coaching AND enjoyment, the most important aspect!

So come with me on the life coaching bandwagon as, like I do a huge amount on my global coaching holidays, I look to get you to become better self coaches who set targets, try new moves AND actually enjoy the act of learning.

I sail so much better when I’m happy. If I’m smiling and laughing it helps me so much, plus this can transfer to dry land where, if I’m on a tough run – hurting and frowning away – I just take a step outside myself and say ‘come on baldie, get that smile on,’ and the run becomes more enjoyable – yet I’m still pushing it.  


3 VITAL STANCE SKILLS – SAIL FAST, PLANE EARLY AND GET UPWIND
Dearly Beloved, some of you may already be showing concern about the life coaching and the title ‘Holy Trinity’ title may also have triggered some alarm too, so let me present what this trinity actually is.

Don’t worry I will not come over all reverend. The ability to sail fast, plane early and get (fly) upwind is of paramount importance in order to enjoy as many sessions as possible and acquire as many new moves as we can.

I will be covering some great ‘tips’ on how to achieve this, without going too in depth as I have already placed a lot of the ownership on you learning.

For the best visual aid out there I can strongly recommend, (warning outrageous plug follows) ahem, my ‘Beginner to Winner’ DVD as a fab reference tool for all levels of sailor and particularly the skills covered in this piece. 

This Trinity of skills is required for all windies and at all levels. Let’s look at last month’s technique, the Carving 360, as an example.

If you want the 360 you have to sail fast to get the sail ‘light’. And if you’re sailing fast then the rails are easier to carve.

Yet you will not be able to sail fast unless you excel at the 1st hurdle of planing early and if you’re not able to get fully upwind then you will not have the strategic (upwind) position, or confidence, to bear away and sail fast in order to carve hard and hammer that rail. Tough one hey. 

Let me put it another way. Every year I get lots of enquiries to come on coaching holidays, and there is sometimes a thread along the lines of ‘Jem, I’d like to plane out of my gybes, learn to forward and maybe try some Vulcans too’.

Now, I will work my hardest to help this person achieve this but I know, with hand on heart, that on their first coaching experience with me they will be learning a huge amount of skills from the Trinity so they have a great time and can actually learn some fun and rad moves.

Whether it is the 360, their first carve gybe or a forward loop your Trinity skills will be called into huge account, and your tacking too, and, don’t worry, that will be covered very soon too. 


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1. GET UPWIND – STAY UPWIND
Ok I’m cheating by covering upwind first but then I had to get your attention with the eye catching ‘sail fast’ as the lead skill in the trinity.

If we’re not upwind then we can’t take advantage of gusts in order to bear away (turn downwind) and get planing (early, damn right).

And if we don’t bear away to get planing, then it’s hard to get up to speed. So, Grasshoppers, get some money in the upwind bank by sailing upwind as soon as you are planing and sail upwind by ‘chugging’ if you are not planing, all will be revealed on this … patience. 

Lets look at ‘Chugging’ upwind non-planing first. Unless it is very windy, do this as soon as you get going, either from a start or a turn. 

This means you can see the wind and are gaining ground upwind (money in that bank).

This will aid all levels of rider and get you upwind to help learning to use the footstraps, and it will aid catching waves for riding and many many more moves. 

Some tips:
• Best tip of all: where you look is where you go, so look upwind

• Step forward and out, in order to sink the rail. Think ‘rail, not sail’ to get you upwind. Find the sweet spot on your board for this
• Keep the sail relatively open, leech flapping and upright (arms bent) as you are not using sail power, but using rail power (purchase)

So now you have a significant balance in your upwind account when you see a gust you are able to move back down the board and get low to bear away and push the board on to the plane and utilise your Jedi early planing skills. 

As you look to bank on your upwind account then you utilise your slick, early planing to get you sailing fast and then from here you’re now able to get upwind the faster and fun way, whilst planing.

This whole repertoire highlights just how much the Trinity skills tie in with each other. I’m not able to do justice to cover the upwind tips comprehensively in this feature, so lets look at the main ones.

Your first self coaching target, and main one, is if you think you’re sailing upwind enough, try and point higher, point as high as possible, especially when well powered, or in gusts.  

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More Upwind Sailing Tips:
• Once you’re sailing fast then sail upwind as the fin will be creating enough lift to allow you too.

• Look upwind and bring the rig back as your body moves forward, which allows you to push / resist through the back leg.
• Keep your body low and outboards with your front shoulder dropped.
• Rig is kept away and sail oversheeting is avoided by placing your hands close together
• The more rig goes back and your body forward, the more you can push through the fin to squeeze upwind higher.

A great tip for flying upwind – and introducing more feel to this skill – is to sail one-handed.

Drop the front hand, which opens up your shoulders, thereby bringing your hips forward and low and keeping the rig back and away.

In fact, sailing one handed on all points of sail is an excellent way to improve your overall sailing and sail off your core.

The more you look upwind, the higher you will go (point) and, whilst looking in this direction, we also look at the wind to examine what sailing line to take.

Head upwind in the gusts (point higher) that we ‘see’ and bear away (turn downwind) when we see lulls. These subtle changes in direction really help you keep your speed throughout. 


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SAIL FAST
Right, let me get this straight. I’m not about to launch into a huge amount of tips on breaking records, as one of my main peers – a certain Dave White – might be more qualified, so lets keep this bit very simple. 

Main Tips
• Keep the rig away and the board flat with the sail relatively still

• In lulls (less wind) ensure your hands are together to get the rig upright. Tighten your torso, clench a one pound / euro coin in the cheeks of your bottom. Push down through your toes and lift your hips
• In long and light lulls you can angle / tilt your upper torso forward to pull down more on the mast foot thereby maintaining a flat board when the tail wants to sink
• In gusts: ‘Get down James Brown!’ Your body and rear hip must get out (boards), back (towards the tail) and down. Your hands spread more too.
• In full powered gusts, drop the elbows and pull down hard on the boom and your heels will be weighted heavily by digging in. This is when your leg strength  (endurance), core and triceps will be working to the max

An easy way to sail fast in all planing winds is to ensure your head is below boom height and allow your hips to move to balance the sails power.

Go upwind when looking to get control and turn downwind to keep speed in lulls. A lot of people are fast in gusts but really drop speed in lulls. Aim to have a great wind range and high average speed. 


PLANE EARLY
I could very much argue that this could be the first priority in the Trinity skills as, without planing, there is no fast fun and flying upwind is simply not possible.

In my experience early planing is the most important skill we require in windsurfing and the area we could all most improve on!

It can be divided into passive and active. As windies gain more experience – and become fitter – they become way more active in their planing.

This means they go more aggressively downwind to get more speed, (speculate to accumulate), and they get lower and pump/work the rig to get more drive and power from it.

 This is a whole other article, of course. However, the above first requires being very good at passive planing. 

Key Skills
• Look forward to spot gusts, get the rig forward and away on extended arms with the hands shoulder width apart and close to the harness lines

• Bend your back leg and straighten your front leg to keep the board flat and push the nose off the wind
•Think drop (down James Brown) and push (the board away and flat) in windy conditions
• In lighter winds the rig is away but you are best to angle your torso forward and be more subtle in bearing away and don’t get so down with your bad self

Further skills to consider are pumping and lazy pumping which I will cover at a later date. There are 4 areas we can focus on / improve to plane earlier. Can you think what they are? They all begin with the letter T? I love this question, go on think, it will really help. 

Ok here you are, 2 are on the land and 2 are on the water:

Tuning – fin size, mast foot position, boom height and sail trim to name a few.

Temperament – if you believe you will plane and are, in effect planing on the beach, then this will be so. I am a relatively heavier sailor and I’m planing in my mind before I hit the water. Focus and believe young Jedis.

Technique – we have covered this above and as you self-coach and reflect more it will get even better.

Timing – by looking upwind you can see the gusts and employ all your efforts and skills at this time and then BOOM you are off and flying!

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.  

“ AN EASY WAY TO SAIL FAST IN ALL PLANING WINDS IS TO ENSURE YOUR HEAD IS BELOW BOOM HEIGHT AND ALLOW YOUR HIPS TO MOVE TO BALANCE THE SAILS POWER ”

 

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4Jul/14Off

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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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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