Push-loops off the lip

Push-loops off the lip

Post by Andrew Forsy » Wed, 12 Apr 1995 04:00:00


Howdie all,

Has anyone seen this wild new manoever in real life ?

I've seen sequences of Kalama doing these crazy spins but
I've neverseen one done in real life (Sydney breaks like
Long Reef, Newport).

Can anyone out there actually do them.  How ????!!!!
Are they as hard as they look ?

Blown away Down Under

Andrew

 
 
 

Push-loops off the lip

Post by Steve Van Ka » Wed, 12 Apr 1995 04:00:00

: Has anyone seen this wild new manoever in real life ?

: I've seen sequences of Kalama doing these crazy spins but
: I've neverseen one done in real life (Sydney breaks like
: Long Reef, Newport).

: Can anyone out there actually do them.  How ????!!!!
: Are they as hard as they look ?

: Blown away Down Under
: Andrew

I'm not quite sure what you mean by the term Push loops.  I worked
on learning to forward loop all last summer in the Gorge.  I even
stayed a few days longer because I wasn't going to go home till I
learned to do them.  The last few days I was doing lots of half and
3/4 loops and even did a few that could pass if you weren't looking
to closely.  The funny thing is that all of them were done on a
starboard tack.  When I got back to Florida the best ramps are
port and I felt real awkward because I couldn't do them any better
than before.  I kinda assumed that all those starboard attempts
would help, but you know what they say about people that assume.  
The hardest part about doing a forward to me is overcoming the fear
of getting hurt.  This has been really hard for me because I have
been hurt twice already attempting them (once was due to wearing a
stinking helmet... but we already been thru the helmet thing so I
wont say anymore... at least not right now... evil grin)  If you
try one, you probably wont get hurt unless you try to back out at
the last second.  Both times I got hurt it was because I backed
out.  The first time I was a good 20 foot high and bailed landing
on my back.  The second time I was a little over mast high
and didn't tuck my feet before I rotated.  My front foot came out
of the strap, but my back foot stayed in even after I hit the water
and I severely pulled a hamstring.  I have come to the conclusion
that as long as you follow thru, don't let go of the boom and keep
your feet in the straps you wont get hurt... you will however get
the wind knocked out of you but that is part of looping.  I usually
start out warming up by doing several downwind jumps, bearing off
hard, lifting my feet and imagine rotating the sail.  I'm not sure
if this actually helps or if it makes me more nervous.  My friend
Dennis can do loops off of a light chop and tries to see how many
he can do within a 200 yard mark.  He can usually get three (I'd
settle for one).  I have followed right behind him and watched
him.  I always thought you were supposed to find a nice big ramp
and turn up into it, but he seems to wait for a small ramp to form
right in front of him.  He only turns upwind slightly... sometimes
not at all.  I think one of the things I am doing wrong is turning
up to hard in an attempt to get more height.  He always stays in
the harness.  A lot of people unhook before setting up, but I
believe it is best to learn to do them in the harness.  I think
this helps a lot in keeping the proper form and makes it harder to
try and bail out... which is how you get hurt. * After you SELECT A
RAMP look between the nose of your board and your mast, they form a
nice V and this is where you will be AIMing...  JUMP, TUCK your feet
and ROTATE by shifting the center of effort forward.*  Do
this by sheeting in your back hand hard and slightly sheeting your front
hand out.  Dana Miller told me that it is exactly the same as a
catapult... If you haven't been sailing to long you probably
remember catapulting by accident... only now you are doing it on
purpose and in the air no less.  I had forgotten how to catapult
and actually did a few of them on purpose, just to get the feel of
it.  I don't think anyone actually believed I was doing them on
purpose though.  If you find yourself over rotating, which is
highly unlikely, sheet out and you will stop the rotation.  I only
wish I had that problem.  I can never seem to get enough rotation.  
I think it's because my fear of dying makes me hesitate for a split
second when I start the rotation.  If anyone has any tricks that
will help me overcome this I would be forever greatful if they
would share them with me.  Just remember one thing... don't be like
me and back out.  I've landed every which way immaginable even face
first and never gotten hurt unless I tried to back out and change
my mind.  I often wonder if I will get as much of a thrill out of
doing them after I get them down.  I ass-u-me I will have no problem
learning them by the end of this summer... but last spring I said
the same thing.  

Surfsteve