For those interested in improving their gybing skills I believe this video would be very helpfull
We have shot a lot of slow motion close-up video to be able really show each of the individual elements of gybing. This video should allow you all to improve your gybing, understand what you do wrong and visualize how to do it right.
I have also written out the 10 steps plan to break down the process for a good gybe that is easy to understand
- Hands into position, palms down and reach back hand back on the boom, slow down and hook out
- Take your back foot out of the strap and put it on the leeward rail of the board.
- Start engaging your rail, as soon as your rail starts to bite, put your body weight into it, bend you knees, lean in your body and try to keep your sail upright.
- Pivot the board around your body, and bring the board back under you body. You will kind feel weight less for a minute as the board comes under you.
- Just past the mid point of the gybe step around the new tack, really stepping forward into the board using the momentum of your body weight to push everything forward.
- Still on a down-wind angle but already facing the new direction rotate the sail. Being on a down wind angle will make sure the sail doesn’t overpower and being forward on the board will keep you gliding and will make sure the tail doesn’t sink and the nose doesn’t clock upwind.
- Rotate the sail and grab your hands straight or as close to your sailing position on your new tack. You should be able to get pretty close with only one grab.
- After you rotate the sail push on the front leg as it is nice and forward on the board allowing you keep your leg straight and push it forward. Keep the back leg bent to absorb the chop.
- Then slowely scoot back onto the board until you are just in front of your foot-straps.
- Then as you start picking up speed step into the front straps first. Then move the back foot to the windward rail before quickly stepping it in the back strap.