Hybrid Gybe

Hybrid Gybe

This is not an altogether new way of gybing, but is the preffered RYA method of gybing a Hybrid board such as the RS:X and Techno One Design, in non-planing and semi-planing conditions.

The idea is to keep the speed up in non-planing conditions whilst losing as little ground as possible.

The foot change is done before the rig change and there is minimal movement of the back foot. It is the best way to turn a wide short board in non-planing/ semi planing conditions, so is also appropriate to big sail carrying short boards.



  • Dynamic steering – steering up and downwind by looking where you want to go and scissoring the legs.
  • Clew first sailing – THE skill to have for gybing
  • Whole move – use your big board and a small/medium sail to get used to the dynamics of the move.


  • Look – look forward and downwind whilst bearing away and then look out of the turn at the mid point. Keep looking forwards throughout clew first sailing and whilst rotating the rig.
  • Rig away – think rig forwards and body back and low throughout all stages. In the mid point the rig goes to the outside as the hips move to the inside to create a counterbalance
  • Clew first sailing – THE prerequisite for gybing.
  • Scissor the board – pushing through the foot and pulling with back foot in order to bear away.

Who better to demonstrate this gybe, than Junior World Champion, Ali Masters.


With a bent back leg and a straight leading leg positioned near the mast foot, bear the board away by bringing your mast towards the water and pulling in with your backhand.  Keep holding this position until the board is pointing right off the wind.



With a wide stance and back foot towards the inside rail, gently keep sheeted in and bring the mast to the outside of the turn.



Start to bend the back leg into the turn and release pressure from front foot.



Keep back leg and foot in same position, and start to bring front foot to the back of the board


Place the new back foot in front of rear footstraps with heel towards the inside rail of board, start bringing the mast towards the back of the board and to the outside of the turn, as to steer the board clew first through the turn.


The feet are now in their new position, so it’s time to concentrate on the rig change. The lighter the winds, the further down the boom you need to put your hands.The rig is moving to the outside as the hips stay down to the inside whilst you LOOK OUT OF THE TURN.



Steer the board with your sail, and control the turn with pressure on your back foot (more pressure will tighten the turn).  Bending your knees will help apply more pressure to your toe-side. The more the rig goes to the outside (windward / your right in picture) the faster the board turns.



Bring the sail across you to finish off the gybe. The board is kept flat and speed is maintained whilst you stay low in order to control and steer the board in its clew first position. LOOK FORWARD.



Move the front hand to the mast end of the boom, to ensure that the rig is kept upright through the rig flip.



Bring the front hand forward and across to the mast to ease the sail rotation. Rotate the rig by releasing the back hand and sweeping the sail back. With your front hand on the new side of the boom pull the rig forward to finish your gybe off, as your body moves back.



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As you sail away get your hands back down the boom from where you can pump and get into a good stance. Nice one!



Hot Tip

  • For more control and a tighter turn, try slowing your boardspeed down before initiating the gybe.




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