Grubby – Andre Paskowski

The Grubby

The grubby is one of the
more simple sliding freestyle moves and has been
around for a couple of years now. As with most of
the moves there are lots of variations now. It is
akin to a Spock without a sail change. It
is made up of the FREESTYLE FUNDAMENTALS of staying over
the board, popping, look where you want to go, space away
from the rig.


move is very ably demonstrated by European freestyle sensation
Andre Paskowski G-2 (F2, North, Camaro)…


Taking good
speed from a beam reach start bearing away.



Coming onto a broad reach KEEP OVER
THE BOARD and get ready to POP by sinking down through
a bent back leg.



POP the board and you are aiming to throw the
tail as far downwind as possible. TIP: look at mastfoot

Stay over the board and keep pulling back leg up
under you and this drops nose to offer a sliding surface
you can pivot around.

Still focused on the mastfoot, and OVER THE BOARD,
you are landing and keeping the weight over your
front foot and your toeside.


After the initial sheeting in you now have to
extend the back arm and sheet the sail right out
whilst keeping your weight over your front foot and
your toeside. The tail is now as far downwind as
possible and you should be sliding backwards. WEIGHT

Continue extending and sliding and your weight will
slowly be transferring over your heelside. The nose
is now starting to come through the eye of the wind.
Looking through the sail may help orientate you, whilst
it also maintains WEIGHT FORWARD.
Nose is now through wind so you will be exiting
by sheeting in and continued weight transference to
heelside. TIP: Look behind you to assist sheeting in
and to bring weight outboards.

Board is now almost across wind and sail is sheeting
in as body moves outboard. Weight is fully over heels
as you as sinking down to resist sail power.




Claim it, you are now a happy bunny. Or go into
a gybe to do 540, duck the rig or drop a hand.


Hot Tip

Let’s break the move down into achievable

  • Go downwind and pop the board aiming to
    get the tail as far downwind as possible.
  • With weight forward and back arm extended
    aim to slide backwards.
  • Recover the move and sheet in getting weight
    onto heels
  • Dry and fast sliding grubbies.

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John Skye K-57

“My top tip for the grubby is to pull yourself
really close to the rig as you
enter the move, then really throw the rig away
from the body as you jump the
board around.”

Ben Proffitt K-800

“Make sure your not absolutely stacked (over powered)
It’s best to be slightly under powered if anything!
Also when you start getting the slide backward
you want to sheet out as far as you can until the
board has gone all the way round.”

Phil Horrocks K-303

“Don’t try it overpowered or you’ll end up
doing a forward. To depower head more downwind.”




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