To Get Rotation we need MOVEMENT. Whether it is Sail, Board, Body or all. The speed of the movement, will govern the speed of the rotation.

Quite often when you are learning a move, you have to learn rig/board/body placement first. So it is slow, then you can speed up the movement, making the rotation faster.


In this article I will look at a rotation where the rig moves first and then the body and board follow. This style of rotation lends it’s self to one handed and even no handed variations, depending on the conditions.


This is the move you will probably learn first as it is done from a normal sailing position, it also can be done on flat water or a wave. The easiest is to find a small wave where you can go off the wave almost dead down wind, then there is no jump involved, you let your speed going up the wave, place you in the air. All the concentration can be on rig and body movement.


How does it work? You are moving the rig as fast as you can into a back wind position to support you and the board as you rotate the board around the mast foot. As in 1,2,and 3, you can see there is no rotation of the board. 4 too 5, the board rotates 180 degrees. This is the easy part, keeping the rig horizontal or having hight, keeps the rig out of the water.

The hardest part is when the rig goes in the water from 5, you can do the rotation but it is very hard to get the rig back up.


You can see here from Caesar Finies, 1,2 and 3, the sail is just floating around the front of the board. Once it gets to 4, the board starts to turn, then the rig and board continue turning. Hence showing that it works no handed.


1). The set up.  2). a. To get a faster rig movement, move the sail a bit away from you. It moves rapidly to b. where it is in neutral. 3). b. The mast continuing it’s movement automatically engages the power.

4). You can see that you can turn the board through the wind to slightly clew first to make the rig movement easier. The is done especially when using a wave.


1). The moment the rig is over towards the wind and back winded as in a. you start to rotate the board. The board rotation will tend to be a vertical flip. When the rotation is less vertical the rig tends to follow the board as in 2)b. When the rig is kept as in a. you will notice the rig will end up forwards. So try to bring the rig back, as you rotate the board, as in 3). In 4). When the rig is as a. it will need to be flat, as b. it is already starting to come back up. So in 5). a. is still flat and can get stuck on the water and b. is vertical.



The Goiter is the same move as the Ponch but is done on the wave, but if it is landed behind the wave I call it a Ponch. Here you see that Tonky is doing the move coming in but is using the wave to do the Ponch.

The Goiter is a very dynamic move and when done on cross of shore wind, one of the highest scoring moves that can be done. The timing is so difficult to get wright, as you need the lip to through you out in front of the wave. Otherwise you will always land behind the wave.


The movement is not so difficult, especially as here I have shown that the wind made by the wave brings it into an even easier position. But it also blows you off the back of the wave.


What is becoming very popular is the Goiter in cross on shore winds. Because of the rig movement, it is always a 1 handed move. where you release the back hand at the start of the move. The speed the rig flips creates a different wind for the sail. The way you hit the wave is also very different, as you need a broken wave coming towards you.

Now I will look at the Freestyle variations……………. Which is the easier?



This is where you go switch stance first, duck the sail to go back to sail and then do the move.


The position for the start of the move is stable 1), so you can wait before you go into the move. In 2,3 and 4 you can see that there is a large twist in the body. So to get the rig further round before you rotate the board, go one handed. 5 and you can easily go no handed as well. In 7). You are landing again in a stable position.


Even though you are traveling slightly down wind for speed, on take off, angle the board a little bit more upwind to get more hight.


This is a very stylish on handed burner from Antoine Albert.




This move is normal stance, so ducking the sail is a bit more delicate and staying in balance back to sail is hard. So the move is almost done immediately.

Even though you may be a little bit down wind to keep the speed as in 1). You carve upwind while moving the rig in 2). 3). Is the take off. You can see the rig is already over and is in an easier position as you are facing the sail. The speed of the rig movement can be very fast so the board rotation is fast. 6). can be the tricky stage, it is hard to stop the rig rotation. The sail can be changed here or go clew first, to take it out of back to sail. Or you make it 540 degrees, even 720 / 900.


This move is popular to do as a 2nd or 3rd move in a sequence as it can be done with very little speed. For example a Double Spock Culo. Or double bounce Culo.

The rig movement is the same on all of these moves, the rig coming across on take off, to the back and then the board rotates. For me the more vertical the board goes the better, even going slightly upside down, makes it more stylish.

To show the moves I have used some clips from Steven van Broeckhoven, Stephen Gibson, Camille Juban, Amado Vrieswijk, Antony Ruenes and Tonky Frans. Also in the sequences there are Hugo de Souza, Antoine Albert and Caesar Finies.

Thanks Guys.

In the next section I will look at the differences between  an Air Bob and a Culo, Funnell and Burner, Air Flaka and Ponch.



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