Monday, 1 December 2008

How To.........Grubby

Grubby from Stephen Gibson on Vimeo.

Taking good speed from a beam reach start bearing away.
Coming onto a broad reach KEEP OVER THE BOARD and get ready to POP by sinking down through a bent back leg.
POP the board and you are aiming to throw the tail as far downwind as possible. TIP: look at mastfoot to KEEP YOU OVER THE BOARD.
Stay over the board and keep pulling back leg up under you and this drops nose to offer a sliding surface you can pivot around.
Still focused on the mastfoot, and OVER THE BOARD, you are landing and keeping the weight over your front foot and your toeside.
After the initial sheeting in you now have to extend the back arm and sheet the sail right out whilst keeping your weight over your front foot and your toeside. The tail is now as far downwind as possible and you should be sliding backwards. WEIGHT FORWARD AND BACK ARM EXTENDED.
Continue extending and sliding and your weight will slowly be transferring over your heelside. The nose is now starting to come through the eye of the wind. Looking through the sail may help orientate you, whilst it also maintains WEIGHT FORWARD.
Nose is now through wind so you will be exiting by sheeting in and continued weight transference to heelside. TIP: Look behind you to assist sheeting in and to bring weight outboards.
Board is now almost across wind and sail is sheeting in as body moves outboard. Weight is fully over heels as you as sinking down to resist sail power.
Claim it, or go into a gybe to do 540 and sail off......................

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