Windsurfing's poetry in motion: Caesar Finies, the world's best light wind freestylist takes it to the level of ballet.

Royn Bartholdi hails from Hood River, Oregon, where he can often be spotted working on the latest freestyle moves. A former competitor and masters champion, Royn is equally active off the water. He founded and organizes the annual Gorge Freestyle Frenzy and the annual Gorge Windfest for six years and counting. The mission of his website is to help windsurfers learn new sailing skills. Learning a new maneuver in windsurfing requires a great deal of time, patience, and hard work. So don't give up because you will eventually master the move you are trying to learn. Just remember, everyone is different and some skills may take a long time. The more you try, the more your body adjusts and learns what you are trying to create. Above all, remember it's all about HAVING FUN. The website is far ranging  in content; detailed in explanation;  offfering alot to every skill level.

The Tricktionary is a comprehensive windsurfing training book of 292 pages devided into 9 chapters, which show beginners how to start, intermediates how to improve and experts what to train.
With every level taken in consideration the Tricktionary tells beginners about the equipment and guide them through a complete beginner course with all the additional info you'd otherwise have to learn the hard way by yourself. While intermediates can improve their jibes, tacks and 360s - freestyle-enthusiasts will be finally able to follow and learn even the most difficult moves. Windsurfers who want to sail in waves, will find everything they need to know. No matter if you are starting to get into it or if you are already a wave-guru - there is always something to learn! On high quality photo sequences you can retrace every single movement. Explaining text as well as pre-exercises, problems, proper solutions and Hot tips hasten your learning process! Tricktionary Website:

Freestyle Secrets
: Discover the inner workings of freestyle via interviews with the UK's top competitors
Part One ~ How to get started.
Part Two ~ How to set up your gear and learning new tricks.
Part Three ~ How to deal with fear and the new power moves.
Part 4 ~ What it takes to be competition ready.

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FUN DA MENTALS Freestyle Technique Series by Matia Pedrani
Preparing To Pop - Pimp Your Rig ~ It's always best to go back to basics when learning new things, so let's go right to the beginning. The dawn of 'modern' freestyle itself. What's the starting point of a trick? Answer - The Pop. So, along with proper technique, how you can achieve the right popping motion? The answer is simple but starts on the land and with how you tune your gear...

No Pop No Style ~ I'm no Rocket Scientist for sure but I've always believed that all board sports have one thing in common - the board! Seriously though, the techniques for some basic movements are exactly the same, from one board to the next. This is why I'll explain how to pop your windsurf board by breakin' down the Ollie...on a skateboard! 
Slip and Slide ~ For every action there's an equal and opposite reaction.' The 3rd Law of Newtonian physics will now play to our advantage during our endeavours to further defy gravity and step boldly into the world of freestyle windsurfing.

Everyone who dreams of doing a Vulcan knows the theory, but the real secret lies in the details. In the last chapter I told you how to start popping your board, to get you hoppin' around your home spot like a bunny on crystal meth. Now it's time to add a little more spice to the mix and get your freestyle game on-point. As I always said, the very first steps are always the hardest, since you pretty much have no clue of what's actually happening. Righteously, everyone tries, in his own way, to achieve the goal they strive for, but sometimes a few key tips can make a huge difference...

Pop the board 

Steven van Broeckhoven ~ Heli Tack

Jem Hall
There's more help on his Technique Page.

Tyson Poor explains freestyle fins
Video Libraries

Guy Cribb has written a fair amount on freestyle

Can you freestyle like a girl?
Can you freestyle like a kid? 

Learning isn't always easy


Duck Jibe

Windsurfer international ~ Winner To Wavesailor Technique Series by Christian Goebel

The Duck Gybe is the Grandaddy of Old Skool freestyle moves - Robby Naish slamming them styishly in the legendary R.I.P movie is the obvious flashback and ultimate benchmark of style.

Not only will it improve your general carving abilities -- it can open the doors to more advanced freestyle moves like the Air Duck Gybe or even the elusive regular stance Chacho! But most important - it just feels great!

Phil and Danielle from Get Windsurfing

Many windsurfers often find Duck Gybing easier to do than your standard step gybe once they have learnt how.

Body Drag


Willy Skipper - Sarah Quita Offringa

Sam Ross teaches the Vulcan below.
Phil and Danielle below:
The Spock is an extension of the Vulcan. Once you start to consistently land your Vulcans you will find you spend more and more time sliding backwards with more control.

Forward Looping by Eddy Patricelli

Learning to loop takes aggression and commitment. The more of both of those elements the better.

I’ve taught a lot of people to do ‘em — even a 58-year old grandfather. The idea of finding that ideal wave, wind and moment to try a loop in a non-threatening manner is a false hope. No matter what the conditions, or if its a cheese roll or a real-deal flip, you’re still talking your brain into something it has every reason to fear. And sorry, but there’s no magic instructional article, video or silver-bullet solution that will fully overcome that fear. In the end, it’s just you out there on the water, and it comes down to whether you choose to try it or not. With looping, trying ‘em is everything. That’s why people who do them are so quick to assert how easy they are.

People I had success teaching loops to hit the water on a mission. They suited up (helmet w/ taped-over ear holes, wetsuit with add’l undershirts) with learning to loop as THE goal. Returning to the beach w/o having tried a loop was not an option. They were fully and completely over that haunting sensation of knowing what they could’ve, should’ve — but didn’t — do. My presence as their instructor was nothing more than another layer of commitment. In fact, I doubt I gave them any tips they hadn’t already heard. What underlined everything was that if they didn’t go for it after paying $ for me to be there, how would they ever live with themselves. ...

The first attempt is the big hurdle. If you extend the front arm forward during take off, sheet in hard with the back arm while looking back and balling the body — everything can go as smoothly as the pros make it look. But if you don’t look back, it’s a slippery slope. You’ll see your board’s nose drop straight for the water and no matter how tough you think you are, you’ll let go. The fall that follows will make you even more gun shy about your next attempt, which results in another mid-bailout, which leads to an even more timid 3rd attempt and the cycle repeats till you’re not even trying ‘em anymore and, worse, you’re likely banged up. The lesson in all that — Look back. Hang on. No matter what.

Other things that help — Ditch the deadweight -- Fat doesn’t fly, nor does it flip well. You don’t need six-pack abs, but if you’ve got a spare tire, don’t bother. The warning is for your own good. If that sounds mean, show me one overweight looper and I’ll retract the tip. In the meantime, use looping as a motive to shape up.

Suit up right — protect the eardrums by putting tape over the ear holes on your helmet, and add layers under your wetsuit (wear your thickest one) to avoid the sting of loop attempt that ends with a back slap. You want to feel invincible. You want to stay aggressive and committed. Pain doesn’t help that mindset.

Don’t be picky — It’s not about the wave or chop. It’s about you. Choose a wave/chop and commit to it. 100% commitment off a less than ideal chop ends better than a 50% effort off a perfect ramp.

Set a goal — the people I had success with would say, “This run, I’m going to try one no matter what,” and they would. It was a now-or-never gig. Sometimes they’d learning looping as a team, with another wannabe looping friend sailing behind them to ensure they pulled the trigger. Then they’d trade roles for the next run.

Take breathers — the mental and physical exertion required to learn loops takes its toll quickly. 1-3 attempts — then to the shore. Take a few minute breather. Then go again -- 1-2 attempts then a breather. And so on. Don’t discount the mental toll it takes to work up the courage to go for it. You’ll be tired sooner than you think.  

Regardless, the confidence learning to loop creates is staggering, and it flows freely into all aspects of your windsurfing (and your life). It’s an awesome feeling, and an awesome milestone that will recharge your sailing stoke in big ways.
Sam Ireland's Wave Sailing Secrets

Part 1  Straight jump ~ Forward loop ~ One handed forward loop ~ Stalled forward loop ~ Double forward loop

Part 2  Backloop ~ Backloop one footed ~ Pushloop ~ Tweaked Pushloop ~ Ricardo Crash (Bonus sequence)  

Part 3  The final part of this technique mini-series sees the Neilpryde boys going through even more complex jumps.

Jem Hall moderates a Boards Forum thread: Loop Club.  Many, many questions, answers,opinions

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Windsurfing Technique by TRICKTIONARY - Michael Rossmeier
The Shove-it came about at the beginning of the freestyle evolution. It can be extremely stylish when the board is tweaked-out and best of all, it can be thrown off almost any ramp - even off chop. It’s a great move to learn when the conditions are not good enough for the bigger jumps...

Air Flaka
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Freestyle Technique Series by Matia Pedrani

Since the introduction of the new PWA ‘Big Moves' format, all the tricks got supersized, in order to better impress both the judges and the public. The prefix ‘AIR’ is now a trademark sign, kinda like a label to guarantee the certified awesomeness of a trick. So there’s the AIRFunnel, the AIRBob and in this case, the Air Flaka...
Sam Ross teaches the Flaka

Gollito Estredo - 2012 PWA World Champion 


Steven van Broeckhoven - 2011 PWA World Champion


Photo by Trudy Lary: Hatchery Sept 13-14, 2011