It sounds like you aren't getting the board turned across the wind line far enough. Keep the sail sheeted in (foot of sail to your back foot) until you begin to get backwinded. Once you do have the nose past the wind line, lean the sail toward the nose of the board and move your hands back on the boom a little. This helps turn the nose downwind.
Once the board rotates at least 45 degrees off the wind, complete the sail rotation.
Practice in winds below 10 knots and start with a relatively small sail.
I am far from being an expert at freestyle, but I can do this trick.
Hope this helps
Last edited by Ken; 11th September 2009 at 09:19 PM.