Theory and technique

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We received these articles by mail from Andrea Cucchi of Point 7, and we publish them on Waterwind with pleasure, to spread it among all windsurfers that will experience the next Defi wind in Gruissan (France), as Andrea will do.

Waveriding is the windsurfing discipline that attracts me most. Playing with waves power is a magical feeling. In this article, I will gather some basic concepts for those who, like me, want to begin this way of windsurfing.

The power jibe is a maneuver which is very much desidered by medium level windsurfers. Asking for advice to friends, you will have several versions of how to perform the maneuver. With this article, I would like to make a comparison between the different techniques, stimulate discussion, and receive comments about it.

For many riders, a normal forward or back loop is, already, a desired goal. Other windsurfers have more ambition, and then to observe young champion Loick Lesauvage's technique for push loop can offer many insights.

Tacking is more difficult than jibing, and the fast tack on small boards is really a tough maneuver to learn, because it requires perfect timing and movements; it almost doesn't forgive anything, since you have to slip into the wind, and to overcome a phase in which the sail has no lift, and you have nothing to hold onto. In this article, I will try to share my experience so far, in this regard.

Planing is usually a point of no return in windsurfing... If you have had the patience to overcome the first difficulties and learn the basic maneuvers, the thrill of planing will make you definitely addicted to this sport. So, let us understand how to achieve and maintain this magic mood.

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