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Old 21st September 2012, 03:59 PM   #13
Ken
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Sailboarder,

Yes, it is tail walking. The early stages of tail walking is much as you describe, but the nose is lifting and with enough speed and wind (+ apparent wind), the board will take off. Almost all boards will do this in the right circumstances even with a small fin (wind speed, smooth water, wide board, sailor weight, size of sail, point of sail (beam reach or higher).

With enough skill to hold down a 7.5 on a beam reach on a 135 L board in 30 knots on flat water with a 40cm fin, a 90 kg sailor will probably stay on the water, but a 70 kg sailor will be in the air.
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