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The Right Stuff for Radical Action

00:00 1st June 2012 by Boardseeker
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The right stuff for radical action

The third and final part of this technique mini-series sees the Neilpryde boys going through even more complex jumps. These jumps incorporate forward and backwards rotations, plus tweaks and ducks to really impress. With tips fresh from Robby Swift and Adam Sims, plus Robby, Kauli and Ricardo captured in action, this installment combined with parts one and two will get you ready for all the radical action you can handle.

Crazy Pete

This is a move that not many people can land nicely. It also involves landing with the sail clew first which is hard. It is a nice trick though and you get a nice moment of weightless flight in the middle of it.

Pic 1. Kauli is jumping off a good sized ramp, much like a ramp he would choose for a push loop or a back loop. 

Pic 2.  You can see his legs are tucked up and his arms are bent. He is close to the sail and keeping the power in the sail to gain as much height as possible. 

Pic 3. Here he is still gaining height, he has started rotating slightly but he does not really throw the sail until the next picture. He is looking slightly over his front shoulder.

Pic 4. Now Kauli is throwing his sail around the rotation, looking down towards the water over his front shoulder. He does not take the board with him through the rotation, but leaves his legs behind much like a push loop table top.

Pic 5. Here he has thrown the sail round and let go of his back hand. He is looking at the water where he wants to land.

Pic 6. Now he is flying weightlessly and trying to get his hands as quickly as possible to the other side of the sail.

Pic 7. Now his front hand is in the right place on the other side of the sail and he is reaching down the boom with his back hand.

Pic 8. This is where the move becomes tricky, you need to pull with your back hand a little bit to get some power in the sail to soften the landing, but not too much or it will put too much weight on the nose of your board and you won’t land properly.

Pic 9. Here you see Kauli falling with power in his sail. He needs to get his weight from one side of the board to the other. Right now he would fall in the water between the board and the sail, so he needs to pull the board under him so that he lands on the board properly, while controlling the power in the sail.

Pic 10. Now he has the board almost under him and is getting back to the normal sailing position on the way in but with his feet switch stance.

Pic 11. Now he is pretty much in the normal sailing position on the way in, just with his feet switched around.

Pic 12. Just like the air chacho, now he has to do a clew first water start on the way out.

Pic 13. Getting ready to flip the sail round to the right direction.

Pushloop Forward

This is my favorite move in the world. I love doing push loop forwards. It’s not every day that you can do them. You need good sized waves and lots of wind. I have done one on a 4.7 but really overpowered, I have seen Philip Koster do them on 5.0 but also over powered. My favorite size sails to do them on are 4.5 and below. Best is 3.6 overpowered.

Pic 1.You can see the white caps behind the wave, it is really windy. Kauli os on a 4.2 here and has chosen a big wave, going full speed and full power.

Pic 2. Here he is jumping up in the air, he goes pretty straight up, very vertical. His legs are bent to get wind coming from the bottom of the board, his body is tucked up ready to make a fast rotation.

Pic 3. Here you can see the rotation is starting, he is going really fast so still gaining height.

Pic 4. Here he is throwing his head back to initiate the rotation properly. You don’t want to go sideways or it will be very hard to stop the rotation and start the forward. This is very important.

Pic 5. Here you can see how vertical the rotation is. The mast goes straight below him.

Pic 6. Here he is on top of his sail, He has his legs tucked up under him and is looking at the water.

Pic 7. Here he has just about finished the push loop rotation. You can see the wind has come from the other side of the sail already. This is important because it stops the rotation. If this doesn’t happen, you will never be able to change the direction of the rotation into a forward.

Pic 8. Here his is stopping the rotation and preparing to do the forward. He is getting his body weight into the right position to pull with the back hand. You need to wait until you feel wind coming from the right side of the sail though. If you pull now, nothing will happen.

Pic 9. Here you can see he is now in the upright position that you would be in if you were about to start a stalled forward. The wind is coming from the right side of the sail but it doesn’t feel like you have much wind in your sail. You need to wait a second longer.

Pic 10. Here he can feel the wind in his sail so it is time to pull the sail. His legs are quite straight now. He will bend them to initiate the rotation. You can see that he has moved his back hand to the back of the boom already. This is important to let you get enough power to pull the sail really hard.

Pic 11. Here you need to pull as hard as possible and start looking back over your back shoulder. You have to trust that it will rotate. At the beginning it won’t want to, but as long as you can feel wind in your sail it will work. You need to pull up your back legs under you and try to spin as fast as possible. Even though you are high at the moment, you will fall quite fast so you have to make the rotation as fast as possible.

Pic 12. Here he is pulling as hard as possible and has his legs bent. You will notice that the rotation of the forward is naturally quite sideways, not vertical. This is good because it means it is quite controlled. You have to hope now that you are high enough to spin round all the way!

Pic 13. Spinning round. Now you are falling quite hard. There is no way to get around it, you will land on your back very hard. I like to wear a protective wetsuit  or vest to protect my back from hard slaps when doing this move. Either way, if  you pull one off, you will be so happy that you will ignore the pain! It feels good to land one.

Pic 14. Sailing away. What a pleasure! This is the most rewarding move that I have pulled off. Windsurfing is the only sport where you can do a backwards rotation followed by a forwards rotation in the same jump, so it feel special to be one of the very few people in the whole world who has experienced that kind of rotation.

Pic 15. Sailing away. Pretty sore in the back, neck and head but desperately looking around to see if any of your mates saw you pull that off!

Air Chachoo

This is a hard move. I can do it most of the time on starboard tack, it’s one of the only tricks that I can’t do on both sides though so that shows how scary it is! It is a weird one because you basically have to go into a forward loop and then let go of your front hand to duck under the boom. It doesn’t seem like it will ever work but actually the first one I tried on starboard tack I almost landed, so the rotation happens pretty naturally…. Maybe I should start trying them on port tack. I think I have persuaded myself now :)

Pic 1. Choose the same kind of ramp that you would choose to go for a forward. Head downwind and put your back hand to the back of the boom.

Pic 2. Sheet in your back hand, bend your legs and look over your back shoulder – exactly the same as a forward.

Pic 3. Now this is the scary part!! Let go of your front hand and reach it over your back hand to grab the back of the boom on the same side that you are sailing on. Let go of your back hand and pull yourself under the clew of the sail.

Pic 4. Put your old back hand (now your front hand) onto the boom and let the boom slide through your hand until it gets towards the middle of the boom, a little further back than where your hands would be when sailing normally, before gripping tightly. 

Pic 5. Now your new back hand is also on the boom and you are in a pretty good position. The rotation carries on pretty naturally, you just need to start looking over your back shoulder to spot your landing.

Pic 6. Here you are preparing yourself to flip under the sail and the wind is coming from completely the opposite side of the sail. It is a pretty awkward position but as long as you are high enough, you will keep spinning.

Pic 7 Here you are looking down at where you are join to land. You will land on the tail of the board, just like a forward loop but the sail will whip around really fast at the last second.

Pic 8. Here you can see the wind is just about to come from the correct side of the sail again. You need to open up the clew of the sail so that the wind can catch it, preferably before you hit the water.

Pic 9. Here you can see the wind is now coming from the correct side of the sail. When you hit the water it will pull really hard so be ready for this. That is why you have your hands further back on the boom than normal because if you have your hands at the front of the boom, the sail will rip out of your hands.

Pic 10. Here I hit the water. It is quite a hard landing and sometimes hurts my back a bit as the sail pulls so hard. You have to brace yourself and be ready for the big pull.

Pics 11 and 12. Here I am controlling the power of the sail in the clew first position. It is quite hard to do and being good at clew first waterstarts will help you with this part. You can practice that without doing the whole air chacho. 

Pic 12.

Pic 13. Here I am pulled up out of the water by the sail and getting ready to flip the sail.

Pic 14. Flipping the sail to get back on the normal side.

Pic 15 and 16. Sailing away thinking to myself: “That went better than expected, maybe I should do them more often!”

 

Kono-forward

I landed this move about a year and a half ago on my first attempt. Then the first time I got it in the UK and the first really good one I landed was at Worthing, between heats, during the freestyle event. It was wayyy out back off horrible rolling swell. Actually it’s really easy to do just you need to be able to do three things before it; a switch kono, a decent forward (ideally planing) and be comfortable ducking the sail across the wind when very very powered up. www.adamsims.com

Pic 1. Here Ricardo is setting up, already in switch and you can see his steep ramp ahead of him. If you are only normally powered up then you want a steep ramp to kick you up, if you are really really powered then anything with a bit of punch to it will work.

Pic 2. He continues in switch aiming for his ramp. He is quite far off the wind but carrying a lot of speed to carve up later. I would recommend working hard on carrying speed more across the wind so when you duck the sail it has a lot more power in it. I imagine in Hookipa though that this is quite hard and going off the wind gives him a bit more time for the duck.

Pic 3. This is the crucial part of the move, you have to duck the sail and carry a lot of speed. So pump hard a couple of times to get your speed, then in one movement pull back hard then throw the sail forwards and into the wind aggresively, keeping all your weight on your front leg and moving the sail around you (not you around the sail).

Pic 4. Now the sail is ducked and high, keeping the power in it and aiming to hit the perfect sized wave (waist to head high).

Pic 5. At this point he sheets in and up a little with the back hand to get the sail low so that he can start carving, off his toes, up and into the wind.

Pic 6. Now briefly dumping the power from the sail so that he can really throw it forwards and high into the move. Similar to a forward loop. Here he also starts to transfer his weight onto his back foot to initiate the ‘pop’.

Pic 7. This is where it gets a bit technical, you need to throw the sail high but also into the wind whilst moving your body out, back and around, in a forwards rotation. It will become more clear in the next step. Also push out (into the wind) a lot on the back hand to help throw you backwards and into the rotation. At the same time push hard on the back foot and lifting your toes to get the wind under the board.

Pic 8. This is where throwing out back and around aids the rotation, at the same time you keep the boom high and let the wind push you backwards. This position is exactly the same as a wymaroo. Here you don’t need to think about the board at all, it’s all in the sail, the feet will follow, just keep them tucked like an ordinary jump.

Pic 9. It’s important to get maximum height for this move, if you don’t go high enough you won’t get enough airtime to do the forward. The less powered up you are the higher you need to go. So when you are taking off, be sure to throw the sail as high as you can over your head to lift you as much as possible. Then just hold on underneath whilst you go up and rotate.

Pic 10. This is one of the coolest parts of the move and the best for photos. Be sure your arms are well spread on the boom as you need to be ready to sheet in hard for the forward. Here he continues to rotate and climb leaving the board almost in the same position as it was on take off, just his body and the sail are more tweaked around it.

Pic 11. This is where you sheet in. As in really sheet in! It starts to change to a forward loop like move now, pulling in hard on the back hand (which should be placed at the back of the grip) and tucking your legs up small. The only real difference is that you are encouraging the sail and mast to go round ahead of you by extending forwards with the front arm.

Pic 12. As you go round you need to pull your body up over the boom to rotate faster, similar to a planing forward. Here you see Ricardo doing this.

Pic 13. Now it is all about just holding this position.

Pic 14. And holding it…

Pic 15. And holding it… This is a good photo to see the position he is tucked in. The sail is in hard against his back knee, his legs are tucked and he is well up and over the boom.

Pic 16. Here he readies himself for impact but continues to stay tucked to get the final bit of rotation. If you are really well overpowered and go off a similar wave you may have rotated further and would then need to open the sail to slow the rotation down.

Pic 17. A slightly wet landing but now sailing away from a move only a few have done in the world. As for scoring, nobody knows how it would be scored at his never been done in competition.

Pic 18. A quick check around to see who saw it and a stoked feeling about probably being the first to land it at Hookipa! This move originated from freestyle and the first real person to do it was Gollito a couple years ago in Jericoacora. Since then a few other people have landed it as it is considered a very spot/condition specific move. However, this is not quite the case and perhaps maybe when it comes into ‘fashion’ we will see it more.

Photos – Thorsten Indra
Credits also to Axel Reese

 

 

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