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Madis 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!

Madis 25th July 2007 03:27 AM

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Russell 25th July 2007 02:26 PM

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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.

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


Madis 25th July 2007 05:10 PM

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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!

Madis 25th July 2007 05:14 PM

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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

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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.

Madis 1st August 2007 03:11 AM

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That helped alot i almost did it now i gotta practice it! :)

Thank you very much !

John Hibbard 2nd August 2007 07:34 AM

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awesome, good luck. you'll be busting out one hand flakas before you know it!!

Madis 2nd August 2007 04:24 PM

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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

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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

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