Wave riding the Bottom Turn

Waves are so much fun and riding them is my passion. In the past I was driven by the bigger the better, that adrenalin rush but now I enjoy more the smaller waves and finding the feeling.

We will start with the Bottom Turn.

The bottom turn is all about having a good gybe, they are the same. So working on your bottom turn will improve your gybe and working on your gybe will improve your bottom turn.

So here we go.

The only difference between the bottom turn and the gybe is that we keep both feet in the straps.

Full commitment into the turn is very important.

The main thing you will notice between 1 and 2 is that the only thing that has changed is the angle of the board.

The mast always stays 90º vertical to the board.

It is important to keep the rig forwards to keep speed and driving the board through the turn.

As you start to come out of the bottom turn, you start to open the sail but keeping full commitment to the turn.

As you start to go up the wave, keep the board turning but you are beginning to level off the board to get ready for the cut back.

When there is not so much wind you have to be a bit more delicate and use the sail more. Plus you are having to use different pressures in your feet, not just body lean.

Due to the fact you are using your feet more in this example it is even more important to keep the rig forward.

Your back foot is what I call your command foot. It tells the board which angle you would like. Once the board is angled it is no longer needed. Like steering a car when you are on full lock there is no point in putting more pressure.

Your front foot is the drive foot, so once the board is angled you need to transfer the pressure onto the front foot and drive hard.

Because you are not so committed to the turn you need to keep the rig upright and use the power in the rig and drive the board around ready for the cut back.

Why use the lay down bottom turn?

Well contrary to belief it is not to de-power the sail.

In this sequence it is more as a gybe

When you are using higher volume wave boards or having problems with board control and bouncing. Laying the rig down is very useful.

Especially when the wave face is very choppy.

Laying the rig down at the back of the board makes it much easier to get the tail to grip. It will drive the rail at the back into the water you need no back foot pressure, only angle.

Due to the pressure on the tail it is very important to be leaning right forwards, to keep the nose down and your speed.

You only hold the position fro a split second then you have to move the rig forwards as fast as you can to drive the board around the turn.

Bringing it up to finish the bottom turn.




One Response to “Wave riding the Bottom Turn”

  1. Awesome; clear, simple notes and good pictures, without reams of detail which would just detract from this beautiful and elegant part of windsurfing. Currently practicing your tips in Le Morne Mauritius.

    Cheers k

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