>I am having trouble doing bottom turns. I can end up pointing almost
>parallel to the wave, but it's not quite enough to let me get back on
>top of it. The jibe things help alot---bending knees, oversheeting
>sail---but it's not enough. What's the secret?
You don't say what kind of conditions you're trying to sail in.
What you need to do will really vary with the speed of the waves and
the direction of the wind. My guess is that you're in rather mushy
waves with the wind more onshore; the problem isn't the bottom
turn per se, but the cutback. When the wind is onshore your cutback
occurs with the sail parallel to the wind and you get no power out
of it to force the board back down the wave. You then are forced to
rely on the power of the wave, and if it's mushy you're no-wheresville.
If you've got real crisp waves then you're probably simply turning
too far in front of the breaking part of the wave. Move closer to
the curl; you'll know when you've got it right 'cause the waves will
start to eat you... ;-)
>Also, I have trouble getting out through the waves. There seems to
>be a time just as the wave is going to break when there is nothing
>U can do but watch it dump on Ur nose and take U under. What do U
>do if U get to the wave just as it's breaking?
Dive off your board right into the base of the wave. When you, your
board, and your thoroughly trashed rig make it back to the beach,
count your blessings, sell everything to the nearest yuppy, and take
Either that, or jibe. Heading up/ falling off to the already broken/
not yet breaking parts off the wave will also work, but you already
knew that, no? Wave sails rigged several inches (3-6) above the deck
help, since the water can run under the sail rather than forcing the
rig to come to a stop. Falling off and going fast also helps, but
make sure you can land your jumps on a plane; if you don't plane away
you'll have a moment of quiet reflection before dying under the next wave.
Still, there remains for every wave a time when you can't sail over
it; even dinky waves can eat you if they time it right.