In a race is there a specific point where you can say the race is really won and lost
In PWA we race “no rules” – so there is only really one rule for you: try the best but do everything to avoid a crash
This part is SO important. At least 50% of a slalom race is the start. You get a sick start then there is hardly nothing the others can do to catch you up. On the other hand if you miss the start by 1 second you don’t even need to race anymore. But then again never give up before the finishing line! Straight line speed is important and gives you good confidence but it’s hardly never the part that is crucial to win the race. Jibes are very important especially when you arrive with a lot of people together. In PWA we race “no rules” – so there is only really one rule for you: try the best but do everything to avoid a crash. Easy when you are leading but much more difficult in the back of a fleet. I often take it wide – especially when it’s difficult to jibe. Getting tangled up in the middle of a crash around the marks is definitely the end of your good result.
Photos – PWA World Tour/Carter