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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.

 

Windsurf: freestyle maneuvers catalog

Once upon a time, our "ancestors", that is the first pioneers who ventured into the practice of windsurfing in the late 70's and 80's, didn't have many problems ..... A board and a sail were good for all occasions, they went riding on one side, and back to the other one, and basically they only had the problem of changing direction from time to time. Still, they lived happily, probably because of the experimental, and indeed pioneering approach that characterized windsurfing, at those times, and that made each session a real adventure.

Today, windsurfing has become a more complex discipline, equipment is produced in many possible variations, and a quantity of maneuvers has been created that a lifetime is not enough to learn all of them. This made windsurfing a less simple sport to approach, but perhaps even more stimulating and intriguing.

 

 

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Windsurf Le Brusc France 7

 

 

To help you put some order to the maze of invented freestyle maneuvers, we thought about creating this article.

We begin to classify and briefly describe the main maneuvers. It must be clear that the intention of this article is not to explain how to perform maneuvers (body movements and stance, tricks, etc.), but only to provide a list, with a concise description of the maneuver to recognize it. If you like the maneuver, you'll have to look for a good manual, or a good instructor, to learn it.

Anyway, we would like you to give us a helping hand. Whether you are professional athletes, very good riders, or mid-level amateur surfers, we ask you to indicate a maneuver you like, that you know how to perform, or that you are learning, sending us a brief description, with at least one picture of you in action, and even your video while you perform it. Given the success which Waterwind is enjoying, in Italy and worldwide, for you it will also be a good opportunity to make you notice/know, and to do something useful for the whole windsurfers community.

The article is a work in progress, and will be continually updated/enriched. If you have suggestions/corrections, or reflections to be formulated, please post them in the comments at the end of the article. If the maneuver that you know how to do, is already included among those listed in the article, post a comment below, with a photo of you, or a video, while you perform it!

Well, now no more talk, and let's start.

Maneuvers treated, so far: Vulcan, Spock, PunetaWilly Skipper, Shaka, Flaka, Diablo, Grubby, E SliderKono, Switch KonoBurner, Funnel, BobChacho

 

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Vulcan (Air Jibe)

It is a maneuver that allows a change of direction when riding, simultaneously with a jump. During the jump, the board rotates 180 degrees (the stern enters in the wind), and so does the sail (the mast remains in the wind). It is a sort of aerial jibe (the body passes upwind to the sail), with a switch stance output.

 

Windsurf_Vulkan

 

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Spock

In the maneuver you enter and exit, keeping the same direction when riding. The board rotates 360 degrees during the maneuver. The start is like the Vulcan, but when the jump is taken, the sail only rotates by almost 90 degrees (not 180, like in the Vulcan). When the rider lands from the jump in switch stance, he/she continues to rotate the board 180 degrees, and simultaneously brings the sail (which reverses the direction of rotation) upwind, making a rotation of 450 degrees, with a movement (even of the hands on the boom) similar to that of a Heli Tack. The Spock can also be performed Clew First, that is entering with this sail setting in the maneuver.  

 

Windsurf Daida Moreno spock

 

 

 

Puneta

The Puneta has several similarities with the Spock, at least, in some initial movements. Unlike the Spock, it involves a change of direction when riding. The beginning of maneuver is done in switch stance (difference with respect to the Spock). A hop chop is then performed, during which the board is rotated 180 degrees, with the stern entering the wind, and at the same time the sail rotates a little over 90 degrees, with the mast remaining in the wind. At this point, the rider is with the board sliding backwards, in a condition similar to the Spock, but he/she is not in switch. The board continues to rotate another 180 degrees (total 360, so far), with the board bow entering into the wind, and with the sail, which reverses the rotation, and rotates 270 degrees, passing upwind to the rider, while the board performs a last 180 degree rotation (total 540). The rider, therefore, finds himself coming out of the maneuver in opposite direction with respect to the entry one, and with normal stance.

 

brinnich puneta windsurf

 

 

Willy Skipper

It is one of the first freestyle maneuvers, invented several years ago. The maneuver leads to a sudden change of direction. After taking the back foot off the strap, the rider performs a hop chop, rotating the board 180 degrees in the air, with the stern entering the wind. During the jump also the front foot is extracted from the strap. The rider then lands with the board on the water, without having changed the sail orientation. But as the board continues to move forward by inertia, the sail is also rotated 180 degrees, so as to allow the rider to resume navigation on the opposite tack.

 

Willy Skipper Trictionary

 

 

Shaka

This is a classic modern freestyle maneuver. At the exit of the maneuver, the direction is the same as the entry one. The first part is the opposite of the Vulcan. In fact, a hop chop is performed, but, to rotate the board 180 degrees, it is the board bow that enters into the wind, and remains high. In addition, the sail undergoes a 180-degree rotation, but the rider, during the jump, passes with the body leeward to the sail (the mast is carried in the wind). Therefore, you will land from the jump fin first, with the feet in the straps on the leeward board side, and with the sail upwind (backwinded). The maneuver is not completed. To close it, returning to navigate in the same direction of entry, you make a decisive and rapid 180-degree rotation, both to the board and to the sail, with the stern of the board and the clew of the sail which pass to the wind.

 

LE15 FS Davy Sheffers Shaka

 

 

 

Flaka

It is a maneuver that presents many similarities, and movements like the Shaka. The fundamental difference lies in the fact that while in the initial jump, in the Shaka, the bow of the board points upwind, in the Flaka, after the board take off from the water, the bow points upwind but it is sunk in the water, and, making resistance in it, the bow acts as a pivot for the first 180-degree board rotation. The sail is rotated 180 degrees, similar to the Shaka, but bringing the mast in the wind more decisevely (the tip of the sail, almost pointing in the wind). The second part of the maneuver, to return in the same direction of entry, is very similar to the exit from Shaka. The Flaka can also be performed One Handed (detaching the mast hand from the boom at the beginning of the rotation of the sail; No Handend, detaching both hands, or in the Flaka 720 version, performing the maneuver twice in a row. In this video, you can admire a Flaka 720, performed by the Gardesan rider Simone Grezzi.

 

Windsurf flaka 1

 

F12 fs Treboux air flaka

 

 

 

Flaka Diablo

Flaka Diablo is a rather elaborate version of the Flaka. Compared to the normal Flaka, when the board rotation has reached 270 degrees (and the board stern is exposed to the wind), the rider, instead, of continuing normally with the rotation of the sail, to exit the maneuver with the same stance with which he/she has begun it, passes to hold the boom on the opposite side, passing behind the clew (and therefore upwind to it). So, when the board completes the 360 degrees rotation, the rider will be coming out of the maneuver clew first. Once he/she begins to sail again, then, it will bring again the sail mast first. In this video, you can admire a Flaka Diablo, masterfully performed by Sarah Quita Offringa.

 

Flaka Diablo Philip Koster

 

 

Grubby

In this maneuver, there is no change of direction while riding, and the board and sail both rotate 360 ​​degrees.

The beginning is similar to the Vulcan, with a hop chop to bring the board stern into the wind. But here, the analogies of this maneuver with Vulcan end immediately. The rider's grip on the boom is more rearward, and as soon as he/she lands again with the board stern on the water (board rotation 180 degrees, so far), the rider also completes a first 180-degree sail rotation, bringing the clew in the wind , and passing the sail upwind. Meanwhile, the board rotation continues, and therefore, while the rider is leeward to the sail, it is now the board bow that points in the wind (another 90 degrees board rotation, so far).

The exit from the maneuver, at this point, is almost natural: while the board rotates again 90 degrees, the sail rotates 180 degrees, passing leeward to the rider, which then resumes to navigate in the same direction that had before executing the maneuver.

 

Grubby

 

 

E slider

The E Slider is a Grubby performed in switch stance. Like the Grubby, it does not involve a change of direction while riding. The rider enters the maneuver in switch. He/she performs a hop chop, then rotates the board and the sail 360 degrees, passing the board stern, and the sail clew in the wind at the beginning of the rotation. When the board touch the water again with the stern (board rotation 180 degrees, so far), the rider continues to rotate the board another 180 degrees, with the bow that now passes in the wind. The sail, which in the first part of the rotation has passed upwind to the rider, completes the rotation of another 180 degrees, being brought downwind to the surfer, who exits from the maneuver resuming to sail on the same tack, he began the move, still in switch stance.

 

Windsurf E slider

 

 

 

Kono 

With Kono, the game gets more complicated .... The Kono, in fact, is a maneuver that has an already quite high level of difficulty. It is a maneuver that does not lead to a change of direction while riding. In the first step, the rider goes backwinded (keeping his feet in the straps in the upwind board side), passing behind the clew. At this point, the board is made to take off from the water, and to perform a 360-degree rotation .... (with the board bow that enters first into the wind, quite high). The rider, when flying, passes under the sail, which rotates 180 degrees, orientating it, in the central part of the rotation, more or less on an horizontal plane. The sail rotates, passing with the mast in the wind. The board must complete the 360 ​​degree rotation in the air, retouching the water again, in the same direction it had when taking off. In the exit from the maneuver, the rig can remain clew first, and then be rotated mast first (again, 180 degrees), immediately after landing the board, or during landing. The Kono has, like many freestyle maneuvers, some variants (eg Kono Spock).    

 

Gigi Madeddu kono

Gollo kono 18

 

 

Switch Kono

The Kono Switch is a Kono variant. It makes the rider changing direction when riding (difference with the standard Kono). It is different from the Kono, also because the entry takes place in switch stance. The next jump phase is similar to the Kono: the board, in the jump, rotates 180 degrees, with the bow passing in the wind, and pointing high in the sky. During the central phase of the jump, the board is oriented vertically. The sail is rotated 180 degrees, on a horizontal plane. The rider during the rotation passes under the sail. At the end of the board and sail rotation, the board touches the water again, ready to resume sailing in the opposite direction to the entry, on the new tack, with the rider arranged in a normal stance, with the feet in the straps upwind. In the video below, you can see the maneuver performed by italian rider Matteo Romeo. 

 

Windsurf switch kono van Broeckhoven

 

 

Burner

Another advanced freestyle maneuver with a good level of difficulty. The maneuver involves a change of direction while riding. The maneuver input is executed, starting from a switch stance riding. The rider then takes the sail upwind (passing behind the clew), to navigate backwinded. At this point, a sail rotation of 360 degrees is started, passing the clew in the wind, and immediately after the board is made to detach from the water, making it rotate, initially, 360 degrees, with the bow definitely sinking into the water, when it touches the water again (rotation of the table about 90 degrees, up to this point). The board, in this passage, is oriented in a sub-vertical position. During the board jump, the sail continues the rotation, orientating itself on a horizontal plane, and with the rider that follows the movement, passing over it. The sinking of the board bow in the water during the rotation, and the sail rotation on a horizontal plane are the elements that distinguish the Burner from the Funnel (otherwise, very similar maneuver - see further). At this point, the rider has returned to the same position (backwinded, and in swtich), which he had at the entrance. To exit the maneuver and land it, sail and board are rotated further 180 degrees, with stern and clew entering into the wind, and the rider resumes to sail in the opposite direction to the one he had before performing the Burner. In this video, at the second 34, you can admire a really beatiful Burner No Hand (followed by a 360).

 

Dieter nh Burner by Markus Seidel web

 

 

 

Funnel

The Funnel, as mentioned, is a maneuver that has movements very similar to the Burner. The Funnel involves a change of direction when riding. The maneuver beginning is executed, starting in a switch stance. The rider then takes the sail upwind (passing behind the clew), to navigate backwinded. At this point, the sail rotation of 360 degrees is started, passing the clew into the wind, and, almost at the same time, the board is made to take off from the water, rotating it, initially, 360 degrees, in a more or less horizontal plane, and sinking its bow in the water, less deeply than in the Burner, when it touches the water again (board rotation about 90 degrees, so far). During the jump of the board, the sail continues the rotation, but remains oriented vertically, and with the rider following the movement, passing not above it, but only upwind. At this point, the rider returned to the same position (backwinded, and in switch), which he had at the entrance. To exit the maneuver and close it, sail and board are rotated further 180 degrees, with stern and clew entering the wind, and the rider resumes to sail in the opposite direction respect to the one he had before running the Funnel. In this nice video, you can see a Burner executed in rapid succession to a Funnel (or Air Funnel), so you can easily appreciate the slight differences between the two maneuvers.   

 

Windsurf Funnel Sarah Quita

 

 

Bob

The Bob is substantially similar to the Funnel, with the difference that the entry into maneuver is not performed in the switch. It involves a change of direction when riding. The rider, at the beginning of the maneuver, keeping his/her feet in the straps upwind, brings the sail upwind (passing behind the clew), to navigate backwinded. At this point, the sail rotation 360 degrees is started, passing the clew in the wind, and at the same time, the board is made to take off from the water, rotating it, initially, 360 degrees, on an horizontal plane, and making the bow sinking in the water, less deeply than the Burner, when it touches the water again (board rotation about 90 degrees, so far). During the board jump, the sail continues the rotation, but remains oriented vertically, and with the rider following the movement, passing upwind. During this sail rotation, most of good level riders holds the boom with only the sail hand, that is performs the "One Handed" maneuver. See this beautiful video by Jacopo Testa. At this point, the rider has returned to the same position (backwinded not in switch), which he had at the entrance. To exit the maneuver and land it, sail and board are rotated further 180 degrees, with stern and clew entering the wind again, and the rider resumes to sail in the opposite direction respect to the one he had before beginning the Bob. The air variant, performed by exploiting a proper chop, is called Air Bob.

 

 Windsurf jacopo testa bob

 

 

 

Chacho

A nice move, with some variations, which requires the combination of different skills. It does not involve a change of direction while riding. It has some variations (Air Chacho, and Switch Chacho). In the classic version, the rider starts maneuvering in normal stance, performs a hop chop, and makes the board and the sail do a first 180-degree rotation. The board passes with the stern in the wind. The sail passes with the clew in the wind. At the same time, the rider passes over the sail clew, changing the handle on the boom, as in the Duck Jibe (in the Pedrani's video version, below, moreover the boom is taken with one hand). Once the board touches the water again (after the first 180 degree rotation), the rider is in switch; then, performs another board rotation (this time the bow enters the wind), while the sail is also rotated 180 degrees, passing leeward to the rider. At the end of these two further rotations, the rider is in normal stance, with the board in the same direction of the move beginning, but backwinded to the sail (or clew first, if the sail continues to rotate another 180 degrees): the rider will have to rotate the sail another 360 degrees (if he/she was backwinded), bringing the clew in the wind, to continue navigation as before the maneuver. Below, you can see a video in which the maneuver is performed by Mattia Pedrani. In this video taken from Continentseven.com, you can admire Gollito Estredo masterfully performing the air variant (Air Chacho).

 Windsurf Mattia Pedrani Chacho

Matteo Spanu air chachoo

 

 

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