How To Wavesail Like A Champion with Levi Siver

Onshore Turns

Sheet out and open the sail allowing more wind. Keep your board speed and locate the lip. Transfer your weight to your back foot right before hitting the lip and shift your shoulders and hips into the turn. The more you shift your hips and shoulders the more spray and power you have in your turns.

Getting Vertical

Engage in the bottom turn and slide your back hand down the boom while steering the board with the back foot and locating the area of lip you want to hit. Remember where you look is where you go, so dream big and look up and keep the forward motion in the board while carving.


Start by not bottom turning but heading down the line on the top ridge of the wave. Purposely put yourself deeper then normal so you can back door the lip. Once you feel the lip under the board pull up with your legs and sheet in on the sail. While projecting off the lip study for a landing spot on the bottom of the wave. Bend your knees before you land and gently sheet in on the sail while you land this helps take the impact off your legs.

Levi getting air, image credit Si Crowther

Handle A Wipeout

Protect your head with your arms and pull your legs in so you make a ball with your body. Remember to take a deep breath before you fall. Once your under remain calm and conserve your air and wait until the power of the wave lets off before fighting to the surface. When you come out of the water keep your arms around your head still because people might run you over as you surface.

When A Jump Goes Wrong

I hang on unless it’s just gone way wrong. If you do bail push the gear down wind so you don’t land on it. Avoid keeping your feet in the straps and still being hooked while bailing this is the worst way to crash.

How To Look Good At The Beach

If your wearing a full wetsuit in 90 degree water while wearing gloves and a helmet you probably don’t care how you look. But if you do care go to a surf shop and buy some surf shorts and a nice rash guard that’s doesn’t have a rainbow on it. Also, if you don’t wanna look like a tourist don’t wear your rash guard to lunch in Paia, it’s never a good look.

This article has been produced in conjunction with our sister publication, Boards.



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