If you’re already comfortable with the basic freestyle moves and looking to learn the top moves like the pros, there’s a number of moves you can look at learning next. Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers joins Boardseeker to talk you through the Shaka.
The Shaka is a combination of a Shove-it and a Flaka – it is not one of the newest moves but is still one of the nicest to watch but also one of the most difficult to learn. It was invented by Ricardo Campello back in 2002, it was and still is used in the freestyle arena today. However, as with a lot of the freestyle moves the Shaka has made it in to the wave sailing arena in the form of a backside 360.
- The most important requirement for a good Shaka, especially without a piece of chop or small wave is a lot of speed.
- Then to start the rotation, carve hard and fast to windward by putting the weight is on your heels. Make sure you sheet in hard with your backhand by pulling the boom in and upwards (this is the Shuv It part).
- As you carve up in to wind turn your back hip into the sail and push your back foot down, this will allow you to pop the board (this is where a small wave or piece of chop will help). Your front heel should stay down to keep the board turning in the right direction to windward.
- Once in the air you can push downwards on your back arm to backwind the sail to give you some lift and help float you around the rotation. It's very important that you keep turning your head in the direction of the rotation, also try to think about turning your shoulders and body in this direction as well.
- Hold this position in the air as you rotate.
- As you come down you should land with the front of the board first providing you held that same position and kept your front arm straight.
- This part is much like the end of a Flaka providing you got the fist steps right! The end of rotation will happen naturally and you will just spin round!
Andy 'Bubble' Chambers K540 Multiple British Freestyle Champion with over 10 years coaching experience. A regular on the World Tour and a well travelled windsurfer; Bubble has the knowledge and experience to teach all aspects of windsurfing from beginner to the most advanced freestyle moves on the planet. Follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/bubblek540