View Full Version : How the f*** do you jump on little chop?

25th March 2010, 02:17 PM
I was cranking along the other day on my carve 121 at a far superior speed to this hot (not in a gay sense) guy on a 94litre F2. I was having trouble planing as early as him but would fly past him no problem once planing (Yep, it's not spelt "planning' :)...)

The thing is, even though he was alot slower than me, he could jump these little chops and get his entire board and body higher than my head. And he would float there in mid air for like three seconds then land and carry on.

So like a good keen man I tired to copy him. I tried to jam my weight on the back foot going up a chop and bend my knees like a homo 80's skier... the few times I actually got air (as in, about 6 inches) I sort of broke both my legs (thankfully not permanently) every time after an ungraceful landing involving large quantities of whitewater and sphincter loosening.

I should add that i am not exactly Kauli Seadi. Although some people say I look alot like Mel Gibson...

25th March 2010, 09:04 PM
Yeah, know what you mean. One time I was sailing and the wind wasn't so strong, probably a solid force 4, and some guy on race kit (NP Racesail, over 7.0m) hit's a piece of chop and got about 1.5m of air, when the chop really wasn't big that day. It was mind blowing.

I think it's about using the sail to create lift.... I can chop hop quite well now but I too would like to know the secret to blasting huge airs on somewhat flat water.

25th March 2010, 09:22 PM

I this video you can sort of tell how the guy is using his sail to help boost himself upwards, though he is obviously quite powered up.

26th March 2010, 03:40 AM
thanks Agrelon, that looks about the conditions i get...

just wondering, are you supposed to hit the chop at 90 degrees or at some other angle. In other words to you just hit them at the angle you are sailing to the wind, or do you have to temporarily turn directly into the wind to get a decent angle straight up the wave?

26th March 2010, 02:59 PM
I am not very good at high chop hops, but I believe it should go like this:
- Sheet out in order to allow the nose to raise
- Hit a piece of chop (no need to have 90 degree angle), but a steep piece of chop helps.
- Pull up with your front foot
- Sheet in to allow the sail to lift you higher.
- Pull up the board with the legs.

26th March 2010, 10:10 PM
Yeah, I know that for me, if I get a good windshift that allows me to sail more upwind than previously better chop generally comes along. Don't underestimate how much work your legs do. After 2 chophops in a row your back leg quad should be throbbing. A good rider also told me to sheet out alot.

28th March 2010, 09:33 AM
Hi! I'm a spanish talking guy.... what do you mean by "sheet out"... For me sheet means like a paper lol... answer sheet haha...
Thanks for not understinding

PD: It's allso dificult to me to chop hop with almost flat water..

28th March 2010, 10:27 AM
Powerslave... dude! :)

Sheet out means pushing your back hand away to make the sail catch less wind. Sheet in means pull the back hand closer in to your body.

Usually you do the opposite with your front hand at the same time too.