The Fascination of Balance. INTRODUCTION.


In windsurfing it must be the freestylers that take balance to the limit the most, but then again a slalom sailor/speed sailor going at full speed is also pure balance.


The high jumps of the wave sailors going into rotations is also another form of balance.


And then you have this!

The first time you get on a windsurf board, you fall in, then you find the basics of balance and you are off sailing around. So many people when they come and ask about lessons, they say how many do I need. The true answer is a lifetime as we never stop learning.
I have looked at, starting to get into higher level windsurfing in this section:-

So now I want to explore taking it to the limit. For me this is all about balance but where do I start?

How often have you fallen off and your equipment just keeps on going, or you get off that jump to watch it do a perfect rotation.

We have 6 elements, Board, rig, body which is one unit and then, wind, water and gravity. I will be looking at the different elements trying to show how they are used to achieve what you/we are looking for. Many of the moves we will be looking at are from freestyle, as I believe this is where most development is done.

The board, has various balance points or rotation points.


When picking the board up most boards have a balance around 1A. with the fins, foot straps and mast foot. With many of the multi Fin boards it is on the front foot strap, 1B. The centre of floating balance tends to be at 1C.
Depending on which part of the board is in the water, will tell you where the flat spin rotation point will be. A). is at 3, just behind the front strap, planing at speed. B). is at 2, where the board is flat or not planing. C). is at 1, where you pivot around just in front of the mast foot.


Next time you are watching freestyle or wave, look at how they just rock from one pivot point to another to achieve rotation when sliding.

The Rig, Has it’s centre of effort and balance point.


Depending on how you rig the sail, you can alter where the centre of effort is. The down haul tends to move the centre of effort up or down, the more down haul you give the lower the centre of effort. Out haul moves it forwards or back, the flatter the sail the more forwards it will be.

Body, well we are designed to be upright. The more vertical we can be the happier the brain and balance receptor are. The body does have a centre point and that is just below the sternum. When ever the body rotates it will rotate around this point.


So in this shot everything is fine, the head and body are vertical.


But with so many of the moves we are out of line and the aim is always to land vertical.


Even though we have three elements they become one. The sail is connected to the board through the mast foot and then the body is connected to the sail though the boom and the board through the foot straps.


The wind, we can not see, but is the key element, as we are using it to move, rotate, float. Yes we can feel the wind but it is the sail that is giving us the most information about the wind. The water also gives us an idea about direction and speed of the wind but once you get in the air it is all feel.

Water gives our ramps to jump, waves to ride and flat to slide. Just that sometimes the flat is not horizontal.

Gravity, what goes up must come down. This creates a different wind which many jumps use. Or the sail is used to float and slow down the affect of gravity.


So this section/project is to look at various moves, jumps, sailing…………………. everything to see how these elements take us to the limit.

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