How To: Let The Gear Fly

This is for advanced speedsurfers only, willing to take a bit risk. How to let the gear fly is about searching the edge, please take safety in mind and read the How To: Prevent Damage chapter. This is not about the tuning, please look at How To: Do Basic Tuning and How To: Get More Control for more tuning info.

Soo, your are ready to search the edge?? Lets start :)

What do we need?
To let speedsurfing gear fly you need wind, I really take of at about 26-28kn wind. Flat water is handy but choppy water also works as some demonstrated. Gear should be suitable for the conditions:
Dead flat water (crosswind/tight angle)==> small speedboard
Dead flat water (deep downwind)==> medium speedboard
Normal open water==> small slalomboard

Also a fullrace sail is recommended, stability is king when it comes to speed, any bump, draft movement influences speed. The great thing is we have nowadays racesails which open up in gusts while having almost none draft movement.


Steps:
  1. First you need to think your path on the course, it should be crosswind at max speed and than in a curve to the downwind course.
  2. Start at least 150m before you enter the course, this to get good in straps/harnass etc. It is all about confidence.
  3. Go max speed on crosswind, just before you start turning grap the boom further back with your backhand. 
  4. Start turning, now the game starts, try to feel the windpressure build up in the sail. At one point pull down with your harnass, when you master this you can hang most of your weight into the harnass even through windgaps. This moment of pulling with the harnass is very dynamical, so has to be learned by the rider with trail&error.
Tips:
  • Keep your front arm and front leg long, this gives more direct power 
  • If you see a windgap comming try to get your body a bit forward
  • If you see a windgust comming slowly move your body back in the windgust 

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.

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