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18th July 2007, 04:17 AM
Hey, could you guys help me out, i really want to start freestyle but i cant do anything, only duck jibes, and barely a helitack, could u guys help me abit? give me tips, i really wanna learn gecko and im going to try the loop tomorrow but i wanna nail vulcan aka air jibe, so could u guys please give me some tips, well i have a 2005 joker 103l im 14 years old, i weigh 60kg exactly and im from Estonia and im looking forward to buy a flare 88, but i sure coud use some tips, i wanna nail the air jibe and gecko and when those are done then i will go serious, and in Estonia the wind isn't blowing all the time :(

Well thanks Guys!
Hang Loose!

25th July 2007, 03:27 AM

25th July 2007, 02:26 PM
Hi Madis.

I am sorry to see not many people looking at your message but this is how it goes on here sometimes.

Freestyle is all about control and balance. So first learn about what the sail can do and what it does to move the board.

The Joker is a great board for playing around on.

The Gecko is a great move and the base move for this is a Heli tack so you must get this perfect first. Then the luff 360. Once you can do this then you have to learn them in the straps.

The Gecko is all about getting the board on its edge. the more it is on the edge the less pressure you need to sink the nose. The board needs to be at 90º to the wind or even 45º down wind when you start.
Once you sink the nose it is just a luff 360.

If you go on my web page you will find some videos on freestyle and light wind practicing. http://www.broadbandsports.com/user/5799

Have fun and get on the water and enjoy the rest of the summer.


25th July 2007, 05:10 PM
WOW thank you! , thanks i think that will help alot, i have nailed the heli tack and upwind 360 in straps, and i can turn my air jibe 180 degrees, now i just got to practice the boom to boom switch and switch stance, but i got to practice the gecko alot, i do everything right, till it comes to sinking i just cant sink the nose nomatter how much i try still the same thing

But Russell!
Thank you!

I hope u have fun on the water also and lots of winds in your sails!

25th July 2007, 05:14 PM
and i almost did the loop hahah . landed on my back and fell out of straps but still, started windsurfing last summer

John Hibbard
1st August 2007, 12:20 AM
Hi Madis,

Another tip for the Gecko is to push down on the boom once you have got the board on the rail and turning into wind. This will help you sink the nose.

With a bit of forward motion rock the board on to it's upwind rail using your heels and then sheet the sail hard in and lever yourself up over the boom. A common mistake is that of sheeting out. Just like the Flaka you actually need to sheet in and slice the sail forwards.

I hope that helps.

1st August 2007, 03:11 AM
That helped alot i almost did it now i gotta practice it! :)

Thank you very much !

John Hibbard
2nd August 2007, 07:34 AM
awesome, good luck. you'll be busting out one hand flakas before you know it!!

2nd August 2007, 04:24 PM
haha, yeah lets hope so! :D im also practicing air jibes, but i hate the switch stance part, i always sink with the board, but practice makes perfect! :D

thanks John u helped alot, i can sink the nose anytime now i gotta practice the spin part!


John Hibbard
2nd August 2007, 04:44 PM
Madis, When you say Air Gibe do you mean a Vulcan? Tell me where exactly you are going wrong and I'll see if I can help

2nd August 2007, 05:47 PM
yeah i mean the Vulcan well, its like when i try the vulcan and im going to say my self : okay im going to try it now im gonna do it, and i just cant get the board out of the water high enough to turn it around, i turn my head around,release my rear hand, and try to turn the board with my legs, but i dont turn the board around by 180 degrees, its like i dont have enough aerial time or something, i gotta practice the turning alot, and sometimes im abit afraid cause i have a high speed and thinking about crashing with high speed isnt very comfortable,
and sometimes when i try to turn the board around i forget to look behind myself :D
i think i just got to practice alot to overcome my fear
(sorry for my english its a bit crappy :D)


John Hibbard
2nd August 2007, 11:04 PM
Your English is just fine Madis.

Ok, I have some solutions for you.

1) You don't need to be going Mach 10 so, slow up a bit and try and stand up over your board rather hanging out to the side.

2) It's kind of similar to the Gecko this bit - You need to lever yourself up and over the boom. It should go something like this:

Sail towards the spot you want to do the Vulcan. Unhook, stay central over your board, control your speed (not too fast, but fast enough for the board to be planing comfortably), wedge you feet right in the straps and move your front hand up towards the mast - keep it on the boom though. When you are ready think of yourself as a spring, crouch, down and get ready to release. As you release to a standing position try and lift the windward rail up and lever your body up and over the front arm. Levering up ocer the front of the boom. This is what helps get the tail out of the water. At the same time you should be looking back and trying to throw your back leg behind you.

Check out this video of mecki schaefer - http://www.continentseven.com/windsurfmove667.html

Pause it and run through it manually. It really shows the rail lifting and the way he comes up over the front arm and passes the sail past him.

See how you get on. The hand change should kind of sort itself once you can jump the boad round. The key is to pull the sail past you as you jump to the new side.

I hope that is all understandable?


2nd August 2007, 11:14 PM
John this all makes sense now that i come to think of it
Thanks im going to try this soon as the wind comes!

Thanks John!