Monday, 1 December 2008

How To.....Shaka

Shaka from Stephen Gibson on Vimeo.

I love doing shakas! This is my technique for doing them(off a wave).

Approach the wave on a broad reach, with as much speed as possible.

As you reach the wave, bend your knees and start the carve into wind. You should be carving pretty hard as you take off from the lip.

As you take off, lay the sail down as for a shuvit, keep sheeted in hard with the back hand, and lean the upper body forward towards the nose of the board. Do NOT lean back!

In the air, keep the front arm straight and use the back hand to feather the sail and control the rotation.

Keep leaning forward throughout to encourage a nose-first landing.

As you land, keep the front arm extended forward, push the clew through the wind and you're outta there, job done!

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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!!!

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