As we continue to receive updates from Amado Vrieswijk about yet another frustrating day with marginal winds, we took the moment to get a few tips off 10x windsurfing World Champion - Steve Allen, on how to go fast in light winds. If you scan back through our news from the IFCA Slalom Worlds you will see the running trend, so be sure to check them out and try them out because we are certain these tips will help you make the most of those summer sea breezes.
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Over to Amado...
(for today's brief round-up)
So today was an early start, we had to get up at 6.30am in order to be prepared in time for the 8.00am skippers meeting. The plan was to move to another beach on the other side of the island called Port Martins, everyone had already packed their gear the evening before but in the briefing we were informed that the conditions were not suitable and that the forecast had changed for the worse over on that side. However, the wind direction was more south so we had hope that the racing could finally start at the event site. In the end we were actually waiting the whole day for some wind to have some action on the water. After waiting till 3.00pm I was fairly bored and hit the water on my Severne Reflex 8.6 and my Starboard Isonic 110 for another session together with Jordy Vonk and Aron Etmon. Around 6.00pm they announced that the wind won't kick in so they called it the day. With just 2 more days to go, we remain positive for some action!!
Check the next pages for our top tips from Steve Allen on what to do for maximum speed in light winds.
Steve Allen - 10x Windsurfing World Champion
Event quiver: 117 Isonic, 107 Isonic. Fin 45cm and 36cm. Sails 9.5, 9.0, 8.6, 7.8 Severne Reflex
1) Be sure to move your boom up a little bit higher, this allows you to apply more downward pressure, which takes more weight off your feet.
2) Try not to over sheet the sail, causing the sail to stall the wind and create too much turbulence for good flow over the rig. Think of it in the same way as you would apply pressure to the fin of the board, too much pressure and the fin begins to skid out.
3) Keep your core strong and your arms and legs locked where possible. This holds everything rigid and helps you pass through wind lulls.