Take your carving to the next level
In our last skill enhancing Dyno feature Simon Bornhoft dissected the Strap–To–Strap wave board style gybe to help you learn how to increase your gybe variations and consistency. 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. By combining the ease and carving qualities of the Dyno and the Windwise skills training, you can learn to turn a 300 into a 360!
Who’s This For?
- Anyone looking to develop their board handling, gybing and carving ability.
- Anyone wanting to improve bottom turns on waves.
- Anyone wanting to improve their wave sailing when there are no waves.
- Anyone wanting to feel the rail on a high-speed turn!
- If you can blast fast in the straps you’re ready to try them.
Dyno Set Up To Maximise Your Performance For 360’s & Carving Tight Turns
Thrusters & Inboard Straps: Set as forward and as loose as possible.
Mast Base: Bringing the mast base back will make the Dyno pivot perfectly.
The versatility of a Dyno and the easily changeable straps and fin set up, allows you to choose and adapt to suit your ambitions and conditions. If you haven’t already, catch a ride on a Dyno to help you make moves like this!
Windwise Core Skills For 360’s & Carving
Vision: Look through and out of your turns like a laser!
Opposition: Rig ridiculously far back = body ridiculously far forward!
Warrior Stance: Accentuated Warrior, ‘try’ to get your head over the mast base!
Make your move
Use the slider controls to go through sequence.
Be More Warrior
Our Windwise ‘Warrior’ ethos is all about massively accentuating looking and leaning over a heavily flexed knee, (chin near or on the lead shoulder) always positioning the hands to maximize counter balancing the rig the opposite way. For a Downwind 360, it’s all about a ridiculously accentuated Warrior!
Practicing your Windwise Warrior tack endings dramatically increases your downwind 360 success rate. Yes, you’ll be in the straps for a downwind 360, but you can make back winded tack endings to have the same ‘feeling’ as the Warrior ending of a downwind 360. Learning to push out on the clew hand to help turn the board downwind is the trick to finishing your 360’s! See more in “Windwise warrior tack“
Windwise Touch Points
Learn to feel it!
Feet: Feel the top of your foot into the strap and the toes onto the leeward rail (on the back foot).
Hands: “As the rig is lowered and raked back, bring both hands forwards on the boom. In marginal conditions, or if I feel it’s going wrong, I’ll jump the mast hand very close to the boom clamp and my rear hand will often touch the rear harness line. Whilst you might not see this in every sequence or video, it’s a game changer when learning.”
Head: Initially the chin is close or on the lead shoulder, looking out of the turn as the shoulders twist the rig back.
A Downwind 360…Here’s How!
1. Take a very fast, super broad reach line, wiggling both feet well into the straps. Unhook and keep the rig upright, don’t try to lay it down too soon.
2. Approaching ‘dead downwind’, progressively sheet in the rig in back and down. Especially when learning or if you feel you’re losing speed or not getting right round, shift both hands up the boom. Front hands towards mast clamp, rear hand up towards rear harness line.
3. Accentuate Warrior, super soft flexed knees and ankles. Rig low, boom horizontal to the water hovering it towards the tail and carving hard through those toes. Hamster cheeks are optional!
4. LOOK where you want to go! Crunch flex and get compact! Keep squeezing the boom in towards you and back.
5. Expect no wind in the sail, just try to get your head towards or even over the mast base. Heavily flexing the front knee to angle your Warrior body forward as the rig is still hovered just over the water. Flexing the mast arm in towards you and back.
6. The exit ‘trick’ is to get the head and body crazily forward in Warrior and then push OUT on the clew hand and throw the body even further forward. Pushing out on the clew hand, crunching up on the front knee helps to turn the board that crucial last bit and elevates the rig to give you more chance to sail away. If the rig is too far in front of you too soon, that’s why you get back winded.
Q. Should I do them in or out of the straps?
A. Originally 360’s were taught taking the front foot OUT of the straps at the end of the move. But with modern forward straps and after years of teaching many people ‘both ways’, I would definitely say it’s far easier and quicker to learn with both feet in open wide straps. Yes, there’s the initial oddity of bearing away and carving with the back foot still in the back strap, but once you get over that, the middle and ending becomes much more achievable with more secured feet.
Q. Why do I fall onto the rig?
A. This is often due to insufficient knee and ANKLE flex and just leaning straight onto the rig. Try to crouch over the rig as you force the horizontal boom towards the tail.
Q. Why does the board spin out on the tail when I carve?
A. You’re not downwind enough, or your back leg is too straight, which is a real killer in chop.
Q. Why do I get back-winded all the time?
A. You’re not alone! But it’s usually down to…
• Not getting downwind enough before lowering the rig and carving.
• Not getting and keeping the rig back, low and boom horizontal brushing the water.
• Not mastering the Warrior tack to enable you to elevate the low rig at the end of the 360!
So go try some 360’s, let me know how it goes and next month we’ll keep you and your Dyno fired up with more Windwise skills training.
Until then any technique questions or Severne/Dyno specific tune-ups, drop me an email email@example.com!
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