Theory and technique

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Watching champions or talented windsurfers can be very useful. Analyzing their movements, you can "steal" some secret, and some trick, to perform at best some maneuvers (although achieving their level is almost impossible, for most of us). So, let's study together, the fast tack and the power jibe performed by the young French talent Loick Lesauvage - F780.

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.

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.

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.

Many of you will have happened to be in a spot, seeing a windsurfer performing a freestyle maneuver, and wondering which maneuver he/she is landing. It may be simple curiosity, but more often you would like to learn it, and then you need to know its name, to look for instructional material that explains it clearly. We have therefore decided to classify them and create a catalog of freestyle maneuvers to help you, to get that purpose.

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.

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