WindWise Series 1: 5 articles below, in the order originally published in Boards. All articles written by Simon Bornhoft; photographs by Karen Bornhoft.
1. WindWise: Kill or Cure?!?
...explores the counterintuitive moments in windsurfing...
If you’ve been overwhelmed when waterstarting, confused when cornering or dunked when duck-gybing, there’s a high chance that you might have been fooled by a counterintuitive moment! ...explores those instances when our natural instincts hinder progress.
3. WindWise: Let It Be…
...a very common counterintuitive moment that affects us every time we rotate our rigs at the end of a transition...
In the penultimate feature of the series...looks at a very counterintuitive action that influences waterstarting, non-planing and planing gybes, duck gybes and waveriding...
...identifies a counterintuitive eureka moment that enables beginners and intermediates to master helicopter tacks, and links the same theme into the granddaddy ofcounterintuitive moments, the forward loop...
WindWise Series 2: 7 articles below, in the order originally published in Boards. All articles written by Simon Bornhoft; photographs by Karen Bornhoft.
This new series gives us the best possible method to achieve the ‘stock moves’. A self-coaching, run-by-run methodology and specific skills training for land and water will get you well on your way to making your moves!
2. WindWise with Simon Bornhoft: Gybing Pt 1
...breaks key transitions down into component parts to dramatically speed up the understanding, training time and probability of actually MAKING YOUR MOVES!
...strongly suggests working on these skill and move enhancing drills, which will help you MAKE YOUR MOVE while having a great time on the water!
Can’t gybe? Don’t worry, you stand a very decent chance of duck-gybing! Simon Bornhoft breaks down this seemingly elusive ‘trick’ to make it achievable – regardless of your level.
As winter tightens its grip we all want to spend what time we can blasting over the cooler water rather than submersed in it. Simon Bornhoft offers some crucial skills and drills to ensure speedier waterstarts.
6. WindWise with Simon Bornhoft: Mega Manoeuvrability
With deep winter on its way Simon Bornhoft looks at a fun, dynamic, body warming windsurfing exercise with great added value.
To complete his Make Your Move series Simon Bornhoft looks at some inspiring training methods to start, improve and master your jumping skills
Get your freestyle going.
First off, it’s not a ‘circular’ turn from reach to reach. It’s a mega-fast, ultra broad reach, with a delayed (at the beginning) and then very prolonged ultra low rig drop (through to the very end). The carving is very gentle at first and then incredibly aggressive in the last half, creating a very hooked, tight ending where the board whips round the last 120 degrees, virtually within its own length.
Bodywise Series 1: 3 articles below, in the order originally published in Boards. All articles written by Simon Bornhoft; photographs by Karen Bornhoft.
...reveals how our body mechanics determine if we can or can’t move our feet for tacks and gybes.
...looks at when technique, form and normal perceptions go against conventional wisdom.
To finish off his expose on how the windsurfing body works, Simon Bornhoft summarises the key performance enhancing actions for you to try the next time you hit the water.
Bodywise Series 2: 5 articles below, in the order originally published in Boards. All articles written by Simon Bornhoft; photographs by Karen Bornhoft.
In this series Simon Bornhoft reveals the secrets of windsurfing body mechanics. How we angle, hold, reposition and ‘mould’ our body on a board has an immediate impact on our sailing...we need to apply specific forces to become more purposeful, efficient, controlled and dynamic on a board…
...we can use our body most effectively to create controlled acceleration and make better use of the rig’s power in marginal situations.
...effective use of our body when we seek to gain control and cope with rapid acceleration.
...how we can increase our ability to commit to transitions and create maximum leverage over our kit.
...how our body position has a massive impact on our strength and control over a rig.
Beginner Series: 3 articles below. Photos: Windwise / Karen Bornhoft. Words: Simon Bornhoft
When you’re ready to buy, select a board that offers long-term potential for your needs and aspirations, but isn’t too challenging to sail. In basic terms, boards are of similar length, but they vary more in width and volume...
Last time we considered board style and volume choices, so now it’s time to look at kit setup...
Simon Bornhoft, offers some wise words on what beginners should be focusing their precious time on…