The POP or JUMP.

Is it a jump or is it a Pop?


In freestyle it is a Pop and now we use the same technique in waves where it is a Jump.


So What is a Pop?

It is releasing the pressure off the board and lifting the board into the air. The main element is your body. This should be centred over the centreline of the board.

A.1)The more you bend your knees, the more spring you will get. A.2) The hips are traveling forwards as you spring up. A.3) As you go up the lift is from both feet but as your hips are going over your front foot, there will be slightly more lift from your front foot.

You must also release the mast foot pressure off the board to unstick the front of the board. This is done with a fast small rig movement. The rig is slightly down wind and you bring the rig up into balance.

In B.) You spring up and continue the movement forwards, so you come over your front foot and place the nose of the board back on the water and do a slide rotation.

In C.) The hips continue up and forwards, bending the back leg which gives you more hight so you do air rotations.


You always tend to be sailing upwind, even in 1.) you are sailing upwind to the apparent wind. The faster you can go the higher the pop and the easier the manoeuvre will be. So in freestyle you tend to go away from the true wind direction to about 45 degrees down wind or 90 degrees to our apparent wind. So the rig is slightly on the downwind rail as you accelerate to the direction for the pop.

2.) As explained, you release the pressure of the rig by moving it into neutral as we pop.

3.) Now it is only choosing the direction you wish to rotate. B. turns you downwind and A. upwind.


You also have the same body movement when you use a wave to jump. You tend not to move the rig so much as the rig/board release is more to do with timing. The moment the mast foot is past the top of the wave, the front of the board is released. The timing for the spring must happen when a point half way between the footsteps reaches the top of the wave.


When going down for the spring, try to keep the rig as upright as possible. You can see that the body position is very different, depending on how steep the wave is. The steeper the wave the more thrust forwards you can generate from the hips.


Here you can see I have just rotated the graphic of 1.) to go up the wave. This means that the body leans back and the rig goes back, so impossible to create that drive forwards and up with the hips. So what tends to happen, you try to lift the legs but just flop off the wave, extended with no float or control.


You can see from this graphic that the wave actually changes shape as you go up, allowing you to wind the jump up more. But if you do not put in the energy, you will only go at the angle of the wave.


Hips Up and forwards, Legs up and forwards………………… Rig comes close and enjoy the float!


You can see that by bringing your back foot under your butt orientates you over the back of the board giving you more float. If you just bend both legs you will be more out the side of the board making it harder to control the board and rig.


I do like the occasional High jump, especially 1 handed.

Speed is your friend both in freestyle and waves, the faster you go the higher you go.


I have chosen a slight cross on shore wind direction as it is what we mostly look for when we go jumping and a beach break wave configuration where the peak moves a little and changes direction a bit.

After the wave goes through it always leaves you a white triangle which gives you an idea where the next wave will break in the set.

A common mistake is just to sail straight out as board 1.) you are sailing upwind, your speed is slow and when you go up the wave, it drops even more. You do not have the option to take the shoulder coming towards you in 1a. Board 1’s choice is to forget wave A.) and go down wind to hit wave C, generating more speed.

Wave A.) has 2 shoulders, 1a) is the right hander which is coming towards you. this will generate a more powerful hit and is often the choice for back loops and push loops. You do have to be careful that the wave does not hit the sail on take off though. 2a) is the left hander, it is harder to hit the vertical section but is safer and if you get the timing wrong you have an escape route down wind.

We are always tying to hit the peak but if it has already broken you will have to choose which shoulder to aim for. So it is best to go out along the upwind side of the triangle as in board 2,)

Wave B.) is a left hander, so you line yourself upwind of the peak. As the shoulder is coming towards you, you will always get a good jump. Even if you are to late to hit the peak.

Wave C.) is a left hander. Again you sail towards the peak from upwind upwind. If you need a softer ramp to do the jump, as in forward rotations, you will look for this side.


Have fun getting your pops and jumps higher, see you in the next article.

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