Dyno Kit Tune Up Reminder

Flat water blast and gybe = Outboard Straps & Single Fin

Rough water, jumping, riding and gybing = Inboard Straps & Thruster Set Up

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!

Who’s not hesitated, stumbled or become unbalanced during a gybe? We can blame the wind, sail size, chop or the night before, but poor Vision, no Opposition, not enough Warrior and a misplaced foot can account for many a dismount at all levels! So we’re going to ramp up your gybe consistency and exit speed by shining the spotlight on a Windwise Core Skill and key Touch Points. This will maximize your carving skills and preserve rig control, board speed and sailor stability during the most precarious part of the gybe. As ever, we’ll blend in our Windwise Warrior ethos to help you Shift & Switch those feet!

Who’s This For?

  • If you are doing non-planing gybes and want to get the basics – DRILL THIS SKILL!
  • If you’re struggling to steady the middle and end of your planing gybes – THIS IS PARAMOUNT!
  • If you’re seeking for extra exit speed – MASTER IT!

Set Up Recap

In part 1 of our Gybe Wise feature, we highlighted the key Windwise Touch Points that mean you can set up for your gybes with the deck stacked in your favour. So get your set up right to increase your chances of a cleaner gybe enhancing foot change! Here’s a little recap.

Set Up & Unhooking Touch Points

  1. Clew hand shifts down the boom (approximately 40-50cm) prior to unhooking.
  2. Rear foot comes out of the strap, heel momentarily on the ‘windward’ side next to back strap.

Set Up Carving Touch Points

  1. Rear foot slides across onto leeward side next to back strap.
  2. The foot of the sail sheets in close to or ideally touches the inside carving leg.

So what’s next? Time to ‘Shift & Switch’

From this stage of the gybe, we need to set up the foot change. To create the room, stability and counter balance to switch the feet whilst still banking the board, we need to angle the rig out of the turn, keeping the clew hand pulled DOWN in tight, as if talking into a microphone. Then can we Shift & Switch the feet without losing the rig.

When do I actually change the feet?

  1. Just past the ‘dead downwind’ stage of the gybe. So keep your head up so you know where you are in the turn. Most people leave the foot change and consequentially the rig change too late by about 1-5 seconds, which means you either slow down on a too wider arch or you come too far round and spin into the wind at the end of the turn. “Look and lean in Warrior, then feet early, rig early = plane out early!”

 So here goes…


Progressively lean into the turn, accentuating that Warrior stance to engage the rail.

“Look” through the turn to where you want to go, chin towards or on the inside shoulder.

“Lean” your body in Warrior – Head and hip over that flexed carving knee and ankle!

“Lever” the rig progressively out of the turn pulling in and down on the clew hand, like talking into a microphone by bringing the clew hand in towards the head and DOWN as the mast arm extends.


Whilst maintaining that Warrior stance, looking and leaning over the flexed rear knee, the inside hip shifts and drops. Just after the dead downwind / apex of the gybe, the old front foot slides out of the strap and switches across the board to replace the rear foot. Switch super quickly and right across to the rail.


Switch that rear foot, by virtually knocking it out of the way with the new rear foot. Place the new front foot on windward rail just behind mast base, BUT keep the hips low and back, pulling down on the boom, keeping the rig at 90 degrees to the board, going downwind on a very broad reach. At this stage so many stand up and sail “across the wind clew first”. This is why you’ll lose speed or control of the rig when rotating it. Keep broad and stay low!

Vision: Look out of that turn, chin STILL on what has become the front shoulder!

Touch Point: Keeping pulling in and down on the clew hand and keep on a broad reach when rotating the rig.

WiseWords: Never rotate the rig across the wind, always downwind.  

Practice Windwise Touch Points On Land

Remember that prime real estate when carving – Toes on the leeward rail next to back strap and switch that foot early and quickly to get back on that rail. Even if it takes a little shuffle to get the new back foot on the windward rail again, it will make a massive difference to help you get low (wide feet), control the rig rotation and drive the board out of the turn as you collect the sail. It is vastly underestimated, even at the highest levels and a key part of dry beautiful gybing!

Exception To The Rule

Racers on very wide, parallel, hard railed boards, sometimes put their rear foot marginally further forward on the rail for laydown gybes to engage sharper rails and because it’s a long commute and stretch to the other side. But on smaller Freewave boards like the Dyno, get that Touch Point on the rail next to the back strap.

So often after the foot switch, the rear foot is in the middle of the board and the body is too upright. This makes it much harder to continue carving the board and control the rig before, during and after the rotation. Heel to rail and get LOW!

Simon Says

We’ll deal with the rig rotation issues and exit speed next time, but for now, work on exaggerating your Warrior to carve and being very particular about getting those feet firmly planted in the wisest place possible!

Send Simon a question about your windsurfing technique or any aspect about sailing your Dyno info@windwise.net

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