Sailing Stacked Series pt. 3

In the final part of our trilogy we catch up with Dany Bruch. A truly dedicated athlete who has taken a noticeable step in the right direction when it comes to training to compete. Working hard on his physical ability, strength and power he has, in the last couple of years, really put his stamp on the PWA tour.

So another well qualified windsurfer to listen to when it comes to staying in control when staying in control seems like the most impossible option. If you managed to get your head around that last sentence then read on as we have a special bonus feature to wrap up this mini series.

How to jump high (want more then check ‘How to jump even higher’ below)

To jump high you first of all need to be powered up. You should then approach full speed at a ramp. Once you are going to hit the ramp, you should aim to go straight up, so that the wind can get under you’re board and can give you that extra lift. On the way up, you have to pull your boom and make yourself small. You have to do this with feeling, not to hard, not to slow, you have to use the wind and play with that to control your way up.

How to sail in control in super strong winds

To sail in control in high winds there is not much more tricks than getting used to it. You have to do everything with much more care, so that the wind cannot take you by surprise. Slow and compact movements I would recommend, they really help a lot to make sure you don’t get blown away.

How to wave ride in side on shore over powered conditions

To wave ride in onshore conditions, you have to twist your body much more than normal. You have to open your sail much more in a frontside bottom turn and keep your arms way further away from your body, so that you can always get wind in the sail and not get wind onto the wrong side of the sail so that you fall. The cool thing about sailing onshore is that you can go backside and frontside. Backside is normally easier to get into the onshore riding, but it can be lots of fun too and can usally help to prepare a good frontside hit!

How to forward loop when over powered

This is a more difficult one…as you normally don’t sail force 10+ that often… I would say that to do slow movements again can help you control, if you can call it control. But there are some points in the air where you basically just pray to not get hit by a gust and blown away… haha.

You want to go even higher?

How to jump even higher

The aim of jumping higher is something that we all have got. In each move you do, you want to go higher and higher, but sometimes, to go higher in a move, you actually have to go back to the basics. One basic jump is the high jump. It sound like the most easy thing ever, but it actually has a lot more behind it.

To do a real high jump it’s really important to be prepared. You need to be able to sail full speed hooked into the harness. You also need to be able to let go, as you never know if the sudden gain in altitude surprises you – you might want to get rid of the gear in the air… So I recommend that you have your footstraps a bit bigger than usual, so that your foot is a bit loose in it, then you can eject easily should you need! You never want to let go in the air and have a foot stuck in the straps…

So, full planing, powered up, you choose a ramp and approach it. As you are about to hit it you need to decide for the angle you are going to hit the wave. You can either go into the wind or more downwind. If its your first time, I would say go into the wind. It’s normally easier to reach some height and there is less control required. So be sure to focus on going into the wind, but not upwind as far as you can go. You need to find an angle where you are powered up in full speed when you hit the ramp.

After selecting your ramp and angle you need to quickly get out of your harness lines, but literally just before take off, not too early, as you lose speed quickly. Once out of your lines, you hit the wave and then focus entirely on your goal of going high.

Now comes the technical bit. You have to sheet in now to feel the wind, but it’s not just sheeting in quickly, it’s about doing it as you feel the wind. You have to sheet in systematically, legs and arms at same time! You have to make yourself small on the way up, boom almost touching your chest and front knee almost touching the boom. The smoother you do it, the higher you can go. Going up like that allows you to, either go for a forward on your way down or just stay in the position for a nice controlled floaty jump.

To sum up, feeling is the key of it. If you are able to go up and pull your legs and arms in a smooth motion then you will soar. By feeling power in your sail all the way up and managing to feel the power of the wind in the sail on the way down, you will be able to do a 10 meter high jump and land as smooth as a little chop hop!

Extra tipps:
If you made it correct on the way up and say you got some height, try not to get shocked and open you’re sail immediately. That will make you drop like a rock immediately and you could come down with a heavy back slap.

If you are not sure then just simply let go! It’s not worth your health to try to impress anyone! It’s actually quite cool to go really high and just let go, try it! Throw your gear away in the sky and go down…it’s just water!


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