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WI TECHNIQUE: Wavesailing 101 with Kevin Pritchard
Part 1: Getting Ready To Rock ~ Wavesailing can be the most exciting part of windsurfing and when it all lines up on a magical day you'll never forget those sensations. In the first of a new series from Kevin Pritchard here's some quick tips to get you going on the ride of your life. This first article covers safety, gear, rights of way, heading out, wave selection and coming in: http://www.windsurfermag.com/magazine/windsurfing-wavesailing-technique-basics-preparation/?params=MjJ8MjQwfDY1MA==
Part 2: Frontside Wave Riding Technique ~ In the first lesson we looked at getting in and out of the surf, being prepared and the rules of the road. Now it’s time to have fun. Let’s look at the funnest way to ride first – frontside - that’s downwind with your chest towards to the wave face. This second article talks about dropping-in and setting-up, bottom turn, top turn, snap and cutback. Includes video... http://www.windsurfermag.com/magazine/windsurfing-wavesailing-technique-basics-frontside-wave-riding/?params=MjN8MjY4fDA= Watch just the video: http://vimeo.com/30383795
Part 3: How To Wave Ride Backside ~ Last time out we looked at riding frontside, with our chest to the wave, this month we’re gonna give ourselves a whack on the backside…Also known as riding on your backhand - with your back to the wave, so riding left if you’re a regular foot – backside is an underrated part of Wavesailing and fun to master. It’s also particularly useful for getting upwind, or in onshore conditions, as the main method of riding breaking surf. Includes video... http://www.windsurfermag.com/magazine/windsurfing-wavesailing-technique-basics-how-to-backside-wave-ride/?params=Mjh8NDAxfDEwMDE= Watch just the video: http://vimeo.com/39753108
Matt Pritchard How to Ride a Wave
5 Great Wavesailing Tips with video.
Bill Bell - beginner wave sailing guide
Have confidence in your gear and abilities - If you are not comfortable waterstarting, jibing, or use gear which is old and may fail, it may be best to remain in sheltered waters. Also, its best to be comfortable in the ocean since it is a big, deep body of water. One of the worst things to do if down in the surf zone, is panic. Best is to remain calm, and take your time to regroup, especially if separated from you gear. Suit up correctly for conditions as well. Wear a helmet, and a good wetsuit depending upon water temperature. I would recommend avoiding drysuits when wavesailing, and rather use a heavy regular modern wetsuit. Of course, summer OBX wavesailing is usually trunks only!
The above tips give you some key advice for launching and getting out/returning to the beach. Regarding actually riding waves, here are a few pointers:
Additionally, here are a few flat water tips for wave sailing preparation:
Wave Etiquette As for the concept of etiquette in the waves, here are some of the basic water rules: http://obxbeachlife.blogspot.com/2008/07/wave-etiquette-follow-up-to-beginning.html
Graham Ezzy, Danny Bruch, Flo Jung
Ho'okipa by Jimmie Hepp
Peter Hart explains why and how the sailing sup will teach you the skills of wave sailing: Wave Riding - The Long & SUP of It
California, 1971 http://www.originalwindsurfer.com/site/index.html
Peter Hart digs deep with this brilliant and illuminating article: The Challenge of Wave Sailing
How to Wave Sail ~ Text from the former Windsurfing Magazine
Pop over a wave (getting out) ~ Minimal board speed can pop you over most waves. As you approach, keep a wide stance on the centerline with your front foot open. Point the nose at the wave. Right before the wave hits, weight your back foot, raising the nose, while simultaneously sheeting in, initiating the climb. Throw your body weight and the rig forward to maintain power. Get low and hang off your front hand. If there’s no chance of making it over, chicken jibe in front of the wave. With a small board, switch your feet before initiating your jibe. Put your weight into the boom to switch your feet without disrupting the board, then flip the sail. If the wave hits you while you’re clew first, surf the white water to gain speed and balance. Flip the sail and sail away, harm free!
How to: Get Out Through the Waves from Boards Magazine
Set up your ride ~ Catch your wave where the swells are building but not breaking. Look over your shoulder to select the swell you want. Don't sail out ahead of the wave: go only as fast as the wave is moving. Use the power of the forming wave to help you pinch upwind. Dig in your heelside rail and head up the line --- you can head much higher than normal. This allows you to stall and wait for the wave to make sure you are posistioning yourself in the best possible spot. Continue looking down the line (around the mast or through the sail) at the forming wave. As you see it take shape, plan your ride. Don't drop in too early and outrun the best part. Look for the wave getting steeper with the hint of white spray blowing off the top, then sheet in and power up the sail to accelerate down the wave face.
Pick your spot, pick your gear ~ Down-the-line wave sailing is easiest to learn with side-shore to side-off winds and ground swell. While this may occur near your home spot, consider taking a trip to a place like Maui, Jericoacoara, Brazil, or Punta San Carlos, Mexico, where these conditions happen consistently. Contrary to other disciplines in windsurfing, the goal when picking wave gear isn’t necessarily being comfortably powered at all times, but rather just when you’re on the wave. Sometimes we find ourselves in light winds and big waves. If you opt to take a rig that would let you plane on the way out, the added wind the wave generates, plus the acceleration from the drop-in, can make the rig difficult to control once on the wave. Instead, opt for a smaller board and sail, so you can be comfortably powered when on the wave. You’ll slog on the way out, but you’ll have more control on the wave, and thus more fun wave sailing. Good technique can help your light-wind slog. Position your feet in an open stance on the centerline of the board with the inside of your front foot pushing against the base of the mast. Keep the rig in a forward and open position. Put most of your weight in your front hand and front foot, which helps you maintain an even balance of weight over the middle of the board — between the mast track and front foot, where there is the most volume.
Bottom Turn ~ It is crucial to maintain your speed through your bottom turn or you will be left out in front of the breaking wave with no ability to get up to the lip. Slide both hands farther back on the boom to help you drive the mast forward, and oversheet the sail to dump the power. Keep your body weight forward over your front foot and dig the full rail of the board into the water. Remember, your turn comes from carving with the curved rocker line of the board, not from weighting the back foot and pivoting the board.
Top Turn ~ How vertically you head back up the wave is dependent on how fast you are going and how aggressive you want to be. As you approach the lip, straighten up your rig, dig in your heelside rail, rotate your head and shoulders in the direction of your turn and slide your hands toward the mast to snap the sail open again to power up. Shifting your weight forward or back here can create a cool tail slide or throw buckets of spray.
Set Up An Aerial ~ An off-the-lip aerial starts with a great bottom turn that returns you to the peak with speed. As you head back up the face, aim for the steepest part of the wave — the area where it is just starting to break. As you hit the lip, shift weight to your heels and expose the bottom of the board to the white water so the power of the wave projects you up into the air, instead of rolling over you and putting you through the rinse cycle. Rotate your body to face back down the wave and sheet out to power up the sail and prolong your flight.
Land An Aerial ~ Position your body weight over the board. Often sailors will extend their back leg during an aerial, but if you land in this position, your body weight will be over the rail, which can cause spinout. Tuck in your back leg as you’re about to land, bringing the fin directly under your body, reducing the potential for spinout. As you land, roll your weight forward onto your front foot and into the boom through your front hand to smoothly transfer your speed into your next bottom turn.
Take One On The Head ~ Sometimes you might have to duck under a few waves. Put yourself between the wave and your gear for safety. Point the tip of the rig into the wave and use your body weight to sink the rig. Get a solid grab on the mast, then duck underwater. The initial tug won’t be too bad if the rig is underwater. Don’t be tricked! The board is floating on the surface, and the wave will grab that, so keep a tight grip and expect the stronger tug. Kick against it, and pop up on the other side with your rig in hand.
Robby Naish riding windsurfing's biggest wave: Jaws JAWS...1ST BREAK OF 2012