forward loop

forward loop

Post by Steve Van Ka » Fri, 08 Apr 1994 04:03:27


es anyone have any advice or tricks to help me learn a forward
loop?  I watchd a few on TV and it looks like they point the board
downwind.  When I tried doing them I was pointing upwind and I
seemd to get slammed into the water.  I am almost afraid to try
doing them again for fear of getting slam dunked.  I still hurt
(mentaly) from the last time.  
     Will pointing down wind at the apex of my jump prevent this?

 
 
 

forward loop

Post by Cris Han » Fri, 08 Apr 1994 08:46:19


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>      Will pointing down wind at the apex of my jump prevent this?

Yes.  Bearing off helps power up the sail and then gives you something
to pivot around.  BTW, this is just my theory as to what it feels like, not
 necessarily a technically accurate representation of the facts.

Cris
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forward loop

Post by David Pomer » Fri, 08 Apr 1994 13:43:27


: es anyone have any advice or tricks to help me learn a forward
: loop?  I watchd a few on TV and it looks like they point the board
: downwind.  When I tried doing them I was pointing upwind and I
: seemd to get slammed into the water.  I am almost afraid to try
: doing them again for fear of getting slam dunked.  I still hurt
: (mentaly) from the last time.  
:      Will pointing down wind at the apex of my jump prevent this?

Forwards to me seem more mental than anything.  Just watch a couple of
videos before you go sailing and then go for it.  I usually bear off a
little, get good air on a steep piece of chop, then bring my legs up into
a tuck, and throw my body over.  Can't say that I'm a pro at it but, what
a rush!!!!

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forward loop

Post by Jay Run » Sat, 09 Apr 1994 15:26:04


: Does anyone have any advice or tricks to help me learn a forward
: loop?  

Windsurf magazine did an article on learning to loop, last year I
think, Cort L wrote it (if I remember).

Go through your back issues...

You throw them away??! Yikes.

 
 
 

forward loop

Post by felix.cabr » Sat, 09 Apr 1994 23:45:23

Quote:


>: Does anyone have any advice or tricks to help me learn a forward
>: loop?  

>Windsurf magazine did an article on learning to loop, last year I
>think, Cort L wrote it (if I remember).

I've yet to land a forward/back loop. But I'll share my experience thus far.
I find a back loop much easier to initiate than a forward. I simply sail fast,
shoot upwind on a ramp as I jump and continue the momentum as I get airborn.
You need a lot of height for a backloop. It seems harder to get a fast spin
on these than forwards. I always (so far) land on my face. I'm only 1/4 turn
away from making one. Maybe this year :-)

A forward is scarier in my opinion. I've tried barrel rolls not end over end
forwards. A barrel roll is when you roll over the the mast while the mast is
almost parallel to the water (horizontal -vs- vertical). What I've done is
concentrate on pulling the board up (tuck) to my butt, sheeting hard as in
a laydown jibe and push my body over the sail in a tucked position. I have not
landed one yet but I think I have the technique in mind.

On my first try I concentrated so much on rotating over the mast I neglected
my feet. Guess what happened then. I instantly came out of the straps as I
jumped. I looped alright :-) So keep your feet tight in the straps. Make a***
with your toes to lock into the straps. And finally, what ever you do, DON'T
LET GO OF THE BOOM!*** onto the boom will keep your face away from the
mast, boom or board. What a rush just to attempt one :-)

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