Styles & Techniques

Windsurfing is very dynamic, speedsurfing is very dynamic. Different speedsurfers believe in different solutions, in competitions the speed can be within 0.1kn difference over 500m between 2 speedsurfers while the style is totally different. We have searched a lot information together to get an overview with styles. These styles below are very basic, some speedsurfers manage to combine 2 or 3 styles.

Lean Back style
The lean back style is mostly applied by speedsurfers that go often deep downwind. It comes a bit natural since deep downwind the nose is board tends to stick, so by leaning back it gets loose again.

Lean Forward style
The lean forward style is often applied by slalomsurfer that do speed now and than. It is potentially very fast but you need a powerful fin like the Select S07 to get enough stability.

High mastfootpressure style
Higher the mastfootpressure results in a tail which is more loose. This is what many speedsurfers search for, still not all fast speedsurfers use this technique. One big disadvantage is this technique is very heavy physical. Lightweight speedsurfers often don't like this technique, these speedsurfers compensate the deeper tail with a bit smaller fin

Low mastfootpressure style
Often found by lightweight and medium weight speedsurfers, it works when the sail got enough pull (for your weight). So don't rig to small sail, the fin can be sailed smaller with low mastfootpressure.

Overpowered style
The overpowered style is easier for advanced speedsurfers or proriders, because there is more space to make a small mistake (you have plenty of power left). For beginning speedsurfers the overpowered style will definity block high speed, since in the beginning it is about getting comftable with the speed.

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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