Book Review – An RYA special

Book Review: Tricktionary II
What is it?

A book about ‘intermediate’ windsurfing with words by Simon Bornhoft and RYA Chief Windsurfing Instructor Amanda Van Santen as technical editor. Once you mastered the basics, this book is the next step to taking you up to carve gybing. It uses the Fast Forward Formula (Vision/Trim/Balance/Power/Stance) which should be familiar to anyone who has been on a recent RYA windsurfing course. This is the second book of a three part series, the first being START Windsurfing and the last being ADVANCED Windsurfing.

What we liked about it

With all the DVDs, online web technique movies and coaching by video analysis you would think there isn’t room for a comprehensive intermediate windsurfing book, but despite the advances in technology we still like a ‘good read’! For those at ‘intermediate’ level (usually super keen to pick up all they can about their new sport) this book is ideal bedtime reading or to have in your glovebox whilst waiting for that forecasted Force 3-4 which hasn’t shown up yet!
From beach starting to planing, gybing, self-rescue, weather, tides, equipment, rigging, tuning….it’s all you need to know. You’ve just got to then go and do it!

Being an RYA publication, they have stuck to the Fast Forward formula throughout the book and bring up the five key points (Vision/Trim/Balance/Power/Stance) in each chapter. There is also a nice windsurfing glossary at the back so you learn exactly what catapulting and spinning out mean!

Coaches corner

This is actually very useful for the ‘coach’ and will no doubt widen the appeal of this book as an instructor tool as well as for the ‘student’. It poses the most commonly asked questions from students and gives you an appropriate answer




What we didn’t like

Only that if you haven’t been on an RYA course, you may not quite get the Fast Forward Formula and although it all makes sense, there are other ways to teach windsurfing and if you’ve been taught by some other organisation, ie. your Dad or even self-taught then you may have to read it through several times before you understand the Fast Forward principles.

Bonus section

On a DVD this is usually the amusing wipe-out section. In this book we need look no further for cheap laughs than the Self-Rescue chapter. It just wouldn’t be an RYA book without talk about dayglo flags, whistles, bum bags and knowledge of the international distress signal not to mention the technically impossible Turtle self-rescue technique, harder to achieve than a switch stance spock. Boys – please make that one disappear from the syllabus!!

Cost: £8.99

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