Gybing success

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.

Double down

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;

If you’re unsure on your foot change – check out;

If you’re unsure on your Rig Rotation – check out;

Warrior World

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

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