How To Wavesail Like A Champion with Levi Siver

Amy Carter Amy Carter

Earlier in the week Boardseeker shared some top tips from the new wave world champion, Marcilio Browne, on how to progress your wavesailing. Now, we follow this up with more wavesailing gold from the JP Aloha Classic champion, Levi Siver.

Levi Siver in action at the JP Aloha Classic. Image credit Si Crowther
Levi Siver in action at the JP Aloha Classic. Image credit Si Crowther

Launching

First, watch others launch before you and study how the waves come in. Walk to a comfortable depth in the water, where you can still back up if a wave comes but deep enough were you can drop the tail and beach start. Try to keep the clue of the sail from swamping in the water and pulling your gear down. I advice people to wait for the sets to back down, then commit when it goes flat.

Wave Choice

Study the line up before you go out. Look at the peak of the wave and how it sets up. Then study the time between sets so that you have a rhythm with the waves when you head out. positioning is everything in the waves. You need to be far enough out for pole position so you get an advantage over the line up. I look for the second or third wave in a set their normally cleaner then the first wave. Also, if you crash you’ll have less waves landing on you.

Levi on another great wave, image credit Si Crowther.
Levi on another great wave, image credit Si Crowther.

 Jump High

Extension is important on the take off. You want to unhook as your pressing down on the board while going up the ramp. While bending your knees study the very top part of the wave for greatest pop off the top. While you feel the board pushing back as you leave the ramp you push back with your legs as well as sheet in and pulling in on the sail. It’s a way of extended the gear and then pulling in as you leave the wave for total projection.

Forward Loop

Start with waves that are still round swells but still have a little vert in the them. Almost like a bigger speed bump on the road. Unhook while approaching the ramp then by extending the sail a little forward as your going up the swell you pull in on the sail as you leave the leave the ramp. The focus is sheeting in as you leave the water especially the back hand this helps you get through the beginning of the rotation. Remember to pull your legs up while you leave the ramp just like a skateboard ollie. Look over your back shoulder as you start to rotate this helps you commit and spin faster.

On page two tips on onshore turns, getting vertical, aerials, handling a wipeout, what to do when a jump goes wrong and how to look good at the beach…

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