My German pal Basti has been wanting to book in for a back loop clinic for quite some time now but it's been hard to find a space this summer as I've been pretty much fully booked but we managed to put a day aside between other clinics and headed to Punta early(ish) morning to work on his backies. Unfortunately, when we arrived the swell was almost non-existent, maybe waist-high in the sets with the tide fully out. Grrrrr. However, I've been slowly grinding him down over his last few visits about learning forwards and he's been stubbornly reluctant. I sensed my chance here. "We might not get another day for training together for ages". "You could learn forwards in one day, back loops can take a long time to master". "It's only water". You get the gist. Anyway, he succumbed to peer pressure and we did the beach theory then the water practice of the forward loop and got ready for that first, all-important attempt when BOOM the waves suddenly picked up, effectively rescuing Basti from his predicament and, with a big grin on his face, we spent the next few hours working on his back loops. Oh well. Actually, he made great progress with his forwards in the first hour and I think he got rid of most of the fear he had and will be ready next time I get him in my clutches, hehe. Back loop-wise he made great progress indeed and sorted out his take-off and rotation with a couple of tips, and eventually came quite close to landing a couple, just under rotating, which is much better than over rotating and means he's well on his way to back loop success! He got the last laugh anyway when his team lifted the World Cup last week. Again.
Anyway, check out the photos below of our session together...
Welcome to the site!
Aswell as regular features and news updates from Fuerte, I am going to be using this site to promote my windsurfing clinics.
After 15 years on the island,having competed in the PWA freestyle world cup and now representing Fanatic Boards and North Sails, I have decided to give something back to the sport which has given me so much over the years.
My aim is to provide clinics "tailor-made"for each individual, with a strong emphasis on practical in-the-water instruction, backed up by on-the-beach tuition and video analysis. The consistent conditions here in Fuerte make learning so much easier and, perhaps equally important, more fun than the typically inconsistent, cold UK - why not come over for a week and improve your windsurfing by a year!!!
I can help with any manoeuvres from carve-gybe through to advanced jumping and freestyle, just email me with your wish list and we'll take it from there! Over the next few months, I am going to be video-chronicling manoeuvres which you can check out on the right in my tricktionary sections. This will give you some idea of the things we can work on, or, if you can't make it over here, you may find them useful to help understand and break down a manoeuvre you would like to learn (hopefully, the slow-mo will help in this respect!).Just click on the trick and scroll down..........
Anyway, keep checking it out as I have loads more in my bag of tricks and will be updating as and when I get the footage.
If you're interested, e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
See ya in Fuerte?
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
On Andreas' last day we made the call to head down to Sotavento as the wind was looking a little fickle up north, and also it seemed a fitting way to finish his two weeks of training as that was where we started on the first day. The wind was 2 knots onshore when we arrived and it looked as though we might lose our 100% wind record for the fortnight, but right on cue it swung and picked up to 4.5 weather within about half n hour! Good ol' reliable Sotavento. Andreas' wish list before he arrived was forwards and Vulcans and I have to say it made me so happy to see him on this last day - big, perfect, ankle-dry forwards (some stalled!) with beautiful lateral rotation and countless Vulcans on the flatter water inside! It was like watching a different sailor from the guy who had arrived only 14 days earlier. An incredible success, I hardly sailed myself as I was more than content to sit on the sun-drenched sandbar and watch him while giving myself a little pat on the back ;) . I got the camera out a bit later and took some snaps but couldn't get across the lagoon to get his big forwards and had to shoot on the flat water but I got some great spin loops and Vulcans. He grinned from ear to ear for the whole journey back and is probably still grinning now, although he's back at work in Sligo so probably not. Anyway, like I said, job done.
Monday, 7 July 2014
With the tide a touch too low for Punta we decided to have an early look at Puerto Lajas as Andreas had never sailed there before and also because a little port tack riding would make quite a welcome change from all the starboard jumping we had had during his stay. The waves were pretty small but a few sets came through and Andreas saw the potential of the spot and also, with a few pointers, sailed very well indeed, getting the most out of the small surf. I took one for the team and did photos of him and Lucy sailing there, saving myself for the windy Punta jumping session that afternoon. To be honest, I was feeling a touch jaded from all the sailing so was quite happy to perch myself on a rock in the sunshine for an hour and snap away...
Sunday, 6 July 2014
After the hugely successful Surfdock week I still had Andreas here for another four days so with the wind still howling at Punta every day from morning till night it was time for some full-on back loop and forward training. We arrived at Punta at 10 am and sailed the tide up fully powered on 5.0s with perfect head-high ramps, ideal! His forwards are now totally dialled - nice, lateral rotation and sweet, soft landings and his back loops are getting closer and closer, although they will be an ongoing project for a while yet...
Check out the photo gallery below for the action!
Check out the photo gallery below for the action!