The Power to carve.

When you learn to carve, whether it is a carve Gybe or bottom turn in waves,
 you must learn the position and control of the sail. So first we learn a power Gybe.


Start by watching the video and then you can go through the text of KEY points.

All maneuvers should be started from a stable position, traveling at a speed you are comfortable with. The best angle is around half wind.


You will need to unhook and bring yourself over the center of the board and take your back foot out of the strap. Keep the board flat.

You will need a nice stable stance, so I like the back foot to go onto the rail as near to the back footstrap as possible.


Your back foot is your command foot, it tells the board the angle you would like. The more speed you have the greater the angle you will need. The back rail needs to dig a groove through the water. A common mistake people make is that they do not angle the board enough. You bend your knees and put pressure through the ball of your back foot. (not the toes)


With the tail cutting its way through the water you will need to find drive. This is found by the sail. You will need your back hand quite far back. If you bring the sail more over the center line of the board, it will bring your back hand close to your body. Now keep it there and extend the front arm. This will close the sail and create power and pull you forwards onto your front foot, bringing the nose down and making it possible for you to drive around the turn.


If you use the method of pulling in with your back hand to close the sail, you will have the power going through your back hand. this places more pressure on your back foot, driving the tail further into the water. Then you have to physically bring your body forwards. Plus what normally happens, you do not close the sail enough, due to the pull.


As you drive the board around the turn you will have to adjust the angle of the sail. If you look closely the sail in fact does not change angle to the wind, it is you and the board that is changing. A common mistake is opening the sail to much. When angled correctly, if you start slowing down the sail will automatically power you through the turn, making it look like you carved all the way round.

Remember even as the board slows down it is still carving, obviously the angle of the board must change but it is still angled. Many people flatten the board to much and the board then goes straight, especially when they are changing there feet.


The last problem area of the gybe is the changing of the sail. Where you change will depend totally on the speed you go around the turn. A key point is that the change must be done with the center of effort of the sail being over the centerline of the board. Then the sail will rotate around it’s center point.

If you really slow down you can have a go at this new school slide Gybe. The movements are exactly the same. the board will slide because it is flat, plus you have all of you weight over the mastfoot. It is so much fun, it feels great.

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