Forward Looping

Forward Looping

Post by WNDSRFRS » Wed, 18 Jun 1997 04:00:00


I mostly sail out in the ocean here off the coast of South Carolina and I
have been having problems with starting my rotation for a loop. First of
all, is there a certain direction that is best to head while getting
airborn before starting the loop? Upwind? Downwind? Every time I try to do
this I either just head straight down head first or get catapulted to the
other side of the board and get slammed hard. I know that I should put my
back hand way back and tuck my feet underneath myself but I can't figure
out where I am going wrong. Perhaps it is to the height of my jumps? I
also find that the hardest thing about doing this is getting over the
level of fear that goes along with it. I can almost get my back loops
around just because my face isn't the first thing that hits the water.

Jeff
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(North Rigs, F2 Boards)

 
 
 

Forward Looping

Post by Thomas » Thu, 19 Jun 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I mostly sail out in the ocean here off the coast of South Carolina
> and I
> have been having problems with starting my rotation for a loop. First
> of
> all, is there a certain direction that is best to head while getting
> airborn before starting the loop? Upwind? Downwind?

Down wind for sure and therefore the more wind you will need. The more
upwind you initiate your rotation, the more likely you are to head off
into an end over, and at this early stage I would not recommend that
roller coaster!

Quote:
> Every time I try to do
> this I either just head straight down head first or get catapulted to
> the
> other side of the board and get slammed hard. I know that I should put
> my
> back hand way back and tuck my feet underneath myself but I can't
> figure
> out where I am going wrong. Perhaps it is to the height of my jumps?

Ok this is how and what i think when I am looping, especially for those
flat water ***sLooking for a likely target, a wave, you want time in
the air not height , so a trough loop is the go. Put your hand a mile
down the boom....i mean to the extensions almost. if you are sailing
slight to very onshore stuff (and that is most of us), then hit the
wave, and bear away as you take off. V important! throw your front arm
as straight as you can and pull your backhand to your waist and look
back at your clew. Visualize it step at a time, but just remember to
resist the temptation to shorten the front arm...this just kills
rotation and will put you straight onto your back . This is serious, a
friend of mine collapsed a lung from a bad flat water slap. But if you
really commit and think you are going to make it, you will. those people
who intiate their first loops well, (ie follow what I said) generally
land pne within their first few.

When I had been thinking about forwarding, I never really wanted to
suffer the pain much. I would get the balls to try a few, then half
heartedly give it a swing. It was only when I really slapped myself
silly that i got the shits up enough to really go for it. Yell, scream,
get a mate to chase you round calling you soft, ask your girl/boy friend
down for the day to watch you sail, whatever it takes to amp you up
enough to really boost one round.

you are right when you say backloops are ok. Mentally they are apinch,
it is just the physical side is rather difficult. But a little secret
here, it is known by all forwarf loopers and by wavesailing judges.
FORWARD LOOPS ARE EASY. When it is really wind 4.0 weather and below, I
nail more forwards than jibes. Its just boost, sheet and land, but
jibing...man thats a whole different thing!
Cheers,
Keep sailing
tom r

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