Stacked, full power, howling, fully windy, gale force, ballistic, strong, brisk, whatever word you use for it this technique series will aim to cover just some of the moves that the pros will be busting out in Pozo later this week when mere mortals struggle to stand in those kind of wind strengths. Yet amongst us are a few who will rig sail, hit beach and tackle whatever elements that are thrown at us, hopefully this will help you enjoy those sessions just a little more. We caught up with a few of the potential podium contenders to get their top tips and sometimes some straightforward advice…
We also caught up with Robby Swift who sadly fell culprit to the consequences of being a professional extreme sports athlete when he sustained a triple break to one of his legs just a few days ago! However, if there is anyone who knows how to come back it is him, so we wish him all the best in his speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him compete towards the end of the year. He was certainly looking on top form in training and many had him tipped for the podium, now we will be joined by Robby this week where you can ask all those burning questions, here are just a few ‘how to’ questions to kick things off and hopefully spur a few ideas, don’t be shy, head to THIS news post to find out more.
How to jump high
Go fast, hit a steep ramp and don’t sheet out right when you take off. Keep the power in the sail. Try to get the wind to hit the bottom of the board when you take off by bending your legs. Keep tucked up and let the wind take you up as high as possible before you start any kind of rotation.
How to sail in control in super strong winds
Practice. It takes time to get used to strong winds. Every year in Pozo it takes a few days to get back into it. Long harness lines help. Go fast. Going slow just makes you feel more overpowered.
How to wave ride in side on shore over powered conditions
I like Single Thrusters. They seem to give me good speed and drive and let me cut back with grip or lose the tail to do takas etc. Make sure you bend your legs and put your back hand back on the boom in the bottom turn. Open the sail a lot when going up to the lip.
How to forward loop when over powered
Just the same as when you are normally powered up but you need to make sure to go as fast as you can and pull hard. People don’t pull so hard when they are overpowered as they think they will go round anyway but this just makes it more of a pole volt out of control forward. You always want to spin sideways (check out the gallery below of Robby firing round a double forward in Pozo just a few days ago).
How to back loop overpowered
Also, just the same as when you are regularly powered up but you should try to jump as high as possible to do it. If you try to slow down or do a low one, it ends up feeling like you have more power in the sail and makes it much harder.
Join us again very soon when we will have more from Marcilio Browne right here on this very feature.