Matt Pritchard, three time world champion, is sponsored by Gaastra Sails and Tabou Boards. Matt and brother Kevin operate Pritchard Windsurfing, a full service teaching, retail, rental windsurfing company on Maui. Matt has spent many years teaching and coaching. He has joined forces with Shawna Cropas to offer the Aloha Windsurfing Clinics. Matt and Shawna are both equipped to handle all conditions and skill levels; join them on Maui to start for Aloha Clinics.
Private lesson with Matt ~ "Just had a great session with a friend of mine - he has been asking about learning the forward loop for a long time! He was ready and made it happen….. Just wanted to share it with you guys and hopefully you can learn a thing or two!"
Eight Great Windsurfing Tips ! http://www.pritchardwindsurfing.com/eight-great-windsurfing-tips/
Rigging is no bull Rigging up! Most of the time, it is very easy for most of us to choose what gear we will ride. There is only a choice between a few sails for the given wind conditions... http://www.windsport.com/search_article?news_id=589&uniqid=1951
Riding LONG LINES The results are in!!!! With almost 200 votes it looks like most people are using either a 26” line or a 28” line! That is great news in my opinion... some years ago, a lot of people were really pushing the short lines saying this was the way to go... http://www.windsport.com/search_article?news_id=692&uniqid=1951
Get Your lines right You just got your new set of adjustable Da Kine lines and now you need to know where to put them. Well I learned a pretty cool trick that gets you REALLY CLOSE for all sail sizes! Ideally you would do this in a no-wind area. This tip helps you find the sweet spot on modern days sails that are no more than 5 or 6 years old...http://www.windsport.com/news_article?news_id=712&uniq_id=1810
How to Jibe As for your jibes, you want mast foot pressure and front foot pressure. The back foot you don't want too much pressure, use it as your guide to keep the rail engaged in the turn. Try to keep your weight forward, look into your turn where you want to go, keep the front arm extended so the rig stays awa...y from you. If you get the rig too close to you, all your weight goes back and the board will stall or do funny things. The name of the game for making a nice jibe is speed! Make sure you over sheet with your back hand to take control of the sail, use speed to guide you through the turn. Keep your weight low, knees bent, hang from your booms! Don't move your feet around too much, think of the jibe as a slow dance with a hot chick that you want to be close to- nice and smooth, no fumbling around. Get it in your head how you would do it, visualize and flow through the movements….Always remember, look where you want to go!
Jibing, Jybing, Gybing The more lessons I teach the more I realize how difficult it is for people to learn how to jibe! When I sit down and think about it, I don’t really even know how to spell it... but I do know how to do it! The jibe is one of those moves that can take some people 10 years to learn. It is a mandatory maneuver to have in your repertoire, without it a windsurfer is incomplete...
Jibing: Part 2 Time to turn! The first thing I want all of you jibers out there to do is “GET IT” in your head first and foremost. If you can’t visualize it, how do you think you are going to make it happen? Maybe by sheer luck it might happen but seeing yourself complete a jibe will greatly increase your chances of success... http://www.windsport.com/features_article?news_id=748&uniq_id=1815
Jibe Transition The Transition Zone...This is where it all happens guys! It is so easy to show you in person but explaining it on paper is a challenge! The smoother the water is, the easier it is. I will heavily emphasize this again… “you must be able to visualize yourself doing this in your head!!!” in order for it to come together... http://www.windsport.com/features_article?news_id=753&uniq_id=1815
Jibe exit Now that you have successfully transitioned the sail and your feet, the rest is easy- I promise! The one thing that you need to stay focused on here is speed; you need to keep the board moving in order to PLANE out of your jibe. How do you do this? Well most people I see that are struggling with their jibes mess up in the exit zone... http://www.windsport.com/features_article?news_id=761&uniq_id=1815
Trouble shoot your jibes Now that you know how to jibe, you need to know how to analyze any problems or stumbling blocks you may be coming across! Half the battle of learning the jibe is understanding what is going wrong and fixing it! There are a lot of problems that can occur and this week we will talk about the main ones and why they affect the overall outcome! I want you guys to be jibe masters... http://www.windsport.com/features_article?news_id=773&uniq_id=1815
How to pump on a plane This week we are going to talk about pumping onto a plane. We had a lot of people asking about this down in Baja. How do you get going so fast? Well, a lot of it is technique and a little of it is equipment... so what's the secret? http://www.windsport.com/matts_monday_blog/post/159/Pumping-Baja-News-and-Surgery
How to handle chop Sometimes hitting chop at full speed can be pretty scary. We have all heard the saying “speed is your friend,” and most of the time it is. When most people see chop coming at them, their first reaction is to slow down... http://www.windsport.com/matts_monday_blog/post/170/How-to-Handle-Chop