Theory and technique

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Today, waveriding is no longer just Bottom turns and Cut backs, up and down the waves. By now, even among the waves, we see rather complicated maneuvers and movements, partly borrowed from freestyle, and waveriding is becoming a much more varied discipline. It is useful, then, to make some order among the main maneuvers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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