Simon Bornhoft explains how to take your gybing to the next level and give your Dyno that extra zip, grip and a real surge of scintillating speed through the corners.
If you’ve struggled to control over powered gybes, challenging chop, excessive board speed or you’re just wanting a faster exit, being able to overseheet your rig and carve harder is a massive part of your progression. So we’re going to help take you and the Dyno into faster, tighter turns with added confidence and greater exit speed.
We’ll use the core skills from GybeWise Part 1-3 and ramp them all up and massively exaggerate our ‘Warrior’ ethos to enable you to fully sheet in and increase your gybing range. This skill is slalom sailors bread and butter gybe when maxed on race kit, but it’s super useful, and much easier, on Freewave kit like the Dyno. Plus, this exercise has inspired many Windwise clients to get into downwind 360’s and crank up their wave riding too. The renowned versatility of the Dyno means that learning a skill like this is even easier, in fact, when I’m doing my coaching demos, I feel like I’m cheating!
So Who’s it for?
Do you want more gybing speed and a lighter rig when maxed out?
Do you want to really crank those bottom turns on a wave?
Do you want to turn downwind 300’s into full 360’s?
If so……then this is for you!
Dyno Set Up
Single Fin & Outboard Straps: Fast over powered freeride gybes and larger rigs.
Thruster & Inboard Straps: Tight cranking gybes onto waves.
Mast Base: 1-3cm forward of middle to drive the board forward rather than pivoting too fast.
Conditions: Start on flat water on sub 6m sails.
Windwise Warrior Ethos
For this move we’ll massively, crazily and fabulously accentuate Warrior during the transition.
LOOK through the turn to where you want to go, chin towards or on shoulder.
LEAN the whole body – head and hip over a heavily flexed knee.
LEVER the rig the ‘opposite’ way to the leaning body.
Classic Warrior Carving: Rig Forward & Body Back
As you can see with this shot from our gybe series, the rig is relatively upright, sheeted in and I’m accentuating ‘Warrior’ by looking and leaning into the turn over the inside carving right knee. This is how ‘we’ gybe most of the time.
Warrior Lay Down: Rig Back – Body Forward
Now look at the same point in the turn and how I’m using ‘Warrior’, but this time leaning dynamically forwards over the left knee, rather than over to the inside right knee. This is fully committed, for a brief moment early in the turn and only possible because the rig is fully sheeted in and pulled right back. But it’s this action that allows you to depower the sail and keep the rail engage over chop.
Windwise Gybing Touch Points
We use the exact same Touch Points from GybeWise Part 1-3.
Entry: Back hand down the boom.
Carving: The toes on the inside rail (next to rear strap). They’re replaced by the heel of the new rear foot mid gybe.
Rig Rotator: Mast hand slides up to the boom clamp to ‘hinge’ the rig as the rig is rotated.
WiseWords: Try to get the foot of the sail to touch your shin!
Over Powered Fully Maxed Warrior Gybing Technique
Entry Sink That 7 Down Broad Reaching
If the rig sheets out early on, it’s very difficult to carry out the rest of the actions. Be fully committed and exaggerate sinking down in the harness to control being on a broad reach before unhooking.
When unhooked, hang down off the boom even more, driving through the extended front leg to bear away with the hips low and still to windward.
Toes To Rail & Sheet In!
Allow the board to accelerate, as ‘speed’ makes the rig go lighter later in the turn. Pulling down on the boom, bending the knees and flexing the ankles will help absorb the fear and chop. As the board bears away, the back foot comes out of the strap and ‘slides’ across – Toes onto leeward rail next to the back strap. Be patient, don’t throw the hips ‘into the turn’ too soon. Just pull aggressively in and back on the clew hand, ‘twisting’ the boom to pull the clew right behind you. The sail should ‘touch’ your shin!
Exaggerated Warrior Carving
The aim is to make the rig go ‘lighter’ in the hands. If it doesn’t, that usually means you didn’t go broad enough and or the rig was too sheeted out at the start. So get that clew in and then accentuate your Vision, Warrior & Opposition to really crank and carve that Dyno. Look and lean forward in Warrior, briefly flexing the mast arm to get the head and shoulders forward and force the rig low and behind you. Puffing the cheeks out obviously helps massively here 🙂
Rig up and across
As soon as the sail touches your shin, it’s the timing trigger to start bring it more upright and then across the body to rotate the rig on a broad reach exit. Note how as the rig comes up and forward as the body now angles in Warrior across the board, just like a regular gybe – looking and leaning into the turn, pulling in and down on the clew hand as the rig is opposed out of the turn.
Shift & switch
With the board now coming round out of the turn even faster, the foot movement and rig rotation have to be quicker and neater. As ever, change the feet just as the board passes the downwind stage and then release rotate the rig immediately.
Rig Rotator & Vision
The new rear heel is on what is now the windward rail. The body is progressively getting lower in the Sunken 7. Don’t forget to slide the mast hand up to the mast to help ‘hinge’ the rig during the rotation and do all you can to look out of the turn!
If you’re unsure of your set up – check out; https://www.severnesails.com/dyno-board-setup-with-simon-bornhoft-part-7-setting-up-for-the-gybe/
If you’re unsure on your foot change – check out; https://www.severnesails.com/dyno-board-setup-with-simon-bornhoft-part-7-warrior-carving-shifting-switching/
If you’re unsure on your Rig Rotation – check out; https://www.severnesails.com/dyno-board-setup-with-simon-bornhoft-part-8-rig-rotator/
You’ll see Warrior and a lowered, heavily sheeted in rig for moves like downwind 360’s and big wave bottom turns. So be more Warrior!
Next month we’ll look at a high wind survival gybe lines and skills for when just the thought of bearing away over chop or navigating waves turns your knees to mush and your gybes into waterstarts. But, with the right technique and the super smooth outlines of the Dyno, we’ll get you making every gybe!
As ever, send Simon a question about your windsurfing technique or how to get the best out of your Dyno firstname.lastname@example.org!
Do you want to improve your windsurfing and try some Severne gear?
Simon offers unique windsurfing experiences combining proven fast track Windwise skills training methodology, welcoming socials and amazing adventures.
2021 Windwise Winds Of The World Tour
Freeride + Freewave + FoilWise
Tenerife / Bonaire / Alacati / Prasonisi / Mauritius
Make Your Moves & Try A Severne Dyno
Copyright: Simon Bornhoft Windwise 2020
More DYNO GUIDES
As the year closes in, Simon Bornhoft looks back on his Windwise experiences from 2022 picking out some key tipping points of progression and also demonstrates how the Dyno is one board that you can take everywhere with you.
Push it, drive it and accentuate! When conditions are tricky or you’re new to a wave environment, it’s important to stick to a plan and ‘try’ to massively exaggerate everything, no matter what you’re faced with. So, what better than to check out some real examples of Severne rider and Windwise coach Simon Bornhoft’s clients riding the Dyno and putting into practice some of the skills we’ve covered in our recent wave series.
Have you been inspired by the recent PWA Pozo Wave event? Well, here’s what YOU can do to get yourself into waves. Simon Bornhoft continues his Windwise series on how to fully develop your windsurfing skills, maximize your time on the Severne Dyno and, for this issue, continue your mission in the waves. So whether you’re new to freewave/wave windsurfing or polishing up your existing wave skills, this will give you a focus and purpose for your next sessions.
Severne Team Rider and International coach Simon Bornhoft continues his Windwise series on how best to develop your windsurfing skills. In this part, Simon goes deeper into how to prepare for your next wave session, even though you might not have access to waves.
Severne Team Rider and International coach Simon Bornhoft has helped thousands of recreational sailors to get into or improve their wave sailing skills on his Windwise courses. So if you’re on the cusp of venturing into any wave environment here are some skills that can be learnt on flat water and transferred into the rough stuff. Follow these wise words to increase your enjoyment and success rate in 2022!
Windwise coach and Severne Team Rider, Simon Bornhoft, continues his ‘Hang In There’ harness line series looking at different disciplines and sailing styles. For this issue, we shift the focus and harness line positions for the Freewave, Wave & Freestyle playgrounds. So whether you’re a weekend wave warrior or looking to fine tune like a pro, wise up and read on.
Windwise coach and Severne Team Rider, Simon Bornhoft, continues his quest to help you get the most out of your precious time on the water and your kit. For this feature we continue our ‘Hang In There’ harness line series, looking at different disciplines and styles in windsurfing and draw on the speedy talents of Team Severne top riders.
Whether you’re moving into planing conditions for the first time or moving down in board volume, Simon Bornhoft offers some wise words on how to make smaller beautiful.
For this issue, we get into some serious carving with a downwind 360. Just trying them is a great way to improve your gybing ability, board handling and feel that Dyno carving sensation.
Severne rider and coach Simon Bornhoft helps you expand your gybing range with a classic ‘Strap-to-Strap’ wave style gybe to make you and your Severne Dyno board feel like wave masters.
Simon Bornhoft looks at how to massively increase your gybing success rate when even just the thought of bearing away sends you and your kit into a total tail spin!
For this issue Simon Bornhoft continues the quest to give you the best possible gybes. So if you combine the Dyno’s super smooth easy turning qualities and the core Windwise skills that have enhanced thousands of gybers, you’re going to be cranking those corners!
Severne Team rider and coach, Simon Bornhoft, continues his Windwise quest to give you dry fast gybes and will help you get the most out of your Dyno too!
Make Your Moves Gybe Wise Part 1: It’s All In The Set UpSeverne Team rider and gybing coach, Simon Bornhoft continues his quest to improve your windsurfing. For this issue, we cut through all the beach banter with a key Windwise Skills Training Exercise to enhance...
Tacking Victory Are you struggling to tack lower volume boards? Do you want to stay dry on that Dyno? Simon Bornhoft explains how to break the curse of failing to tack in strong winds on smaller boards.Our Windwise ‘Warrior Tack’ has been proven to solve the ‘How do I...
Get the settings right! Ultimately we ‘all’ have the same aim - control, ease and an effective sailing position, all of which are massively influenced by harness line set up, be that for just blasting about, top speed slalom, wave or freestyle. If you suffer from slow...
Stay in Control! Welcome back to our quest to make you a better sailor and help you get more out of your Severne kit. After getting you going in our Severne Windwise Early Planing feature, Simon Bornhoft is back to help you gain, keep and not lose control! Photos:...
How to get the most out of the Dyno and get planing really quickly! Over the last few Windwise features we’ve covered setting up your footstraps and fins to best suit your style, location and specific conditions. So now it’s time to get fired up and enjoy the smooth,...
How To Fine Tune Your Sailing And Your Dyno! Okay, so we’ve gone through the footstrap set up, positioning and fit so you’re comfortable for all conditions and any style of windsurfing. We’ll now focus on your mast base positioning and fin set up choice to enable you...
GETTING THAT RIGHT FIT Okay, so moving on from our first Dyno Set Up feature, we’re now going to assist you in how to fine-tune the position and fit of your foot straps. This will help you to get the most out of the ‘inboard single strap’ or ‘outboard double back...