Flipped Over – Water Start

The Flipped Over Waterstart

In continuation of our waterstart series we come to the very useful flipped over waterstart. You may have been in this position before, the rig is flying and your board is flipped or you are trying to make a quick get away in the waves. I sometimes find myself in this position after tacks or shoddy vulcans. The ability to start in this position increases our sailing time and our efficiency. Should you be in the waves, it may also be the difference between getting away swiftly and a pounding! 



Whilst we are aiming to complete all our moves and stay upright it doesn’t always go to plan. Therefore, as we improve we also fall more efficiently thereby keeping the rig flying.  Try extending your arms and / or scissoring the board so you are in an easier position to start from. An efficient regular waterstart also aids this move. Please refer to the previous article back in August for a recap.


  • Look where you want to go – We
    are aiming to be pulled forward and in doing so, we
    must look at the mast foot to get up and away.
  • Rig away
    In order to be pulled from the water, the rig is pushed
    away through extended arms that are shoulder width

Key Stages

  • Recovered or flying rig – Ideally, you should aim to extend your arms and get the board across the wind as you fall, in order to keep the rig flying.  If this is not possible, the rig can be recovered either by swimming into the wind and releasing it, or flying it from the tip should it get submerged.
  • Board Positioning – The board is across and just slightly into the wind to prevent it from slipping downwind. The absence of any resistance and having both legs on the board means it all goes downwind rather rapidly, pointing closer to the wind controls this.
  • Up and away with a flip – Arms extend and rig pulls you forwards and in, whilst board is flipped with deft footwork.
  Recovering or flying rig

Check wind direction and recover or try and keep the rig flying whilst you fall off the board. Arms are shoulder width and down the boom.


Position yourself so that the board is slightly into the wind. You should be well away from the board and under the boom.



Your feet go either side of the mastfoot on the rail closest to you. The back foot is between the straps and the front foot is just in front of the mastfoot. Try to get the downwind rail of the board to ‘bite’ slightly into the water which will help initiate the board flip.

  Up and away with a flip

As you come up, the feet begin to flip the board over by pushing down through the balls of the feet.



The rig is powered up by scissoring the board as both feet slip down the board and onto the centreline.


From here you can continue to come up with your feet as they are, or reposition them in the normal waterstart position.


Carry on getting up and away through extended arms and a bent back leg.


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Get back into your ‘getting planing’ stance and keep looking forward. Great move and so much less messing about! 


Hot Tip

  • Keep the board pointing into wind more than in a normal waterstart which prevents it from slipping sideways too much.
  • To initiate the board flip, it is important that the downwind rail ‘bites’ into the water slightly.  This prevents the board slipping sideways and helps to flip it over.


  • Keep the rig flying or recover it
  • Board is slightly into the wind
  • Feet either side of mastfoot on the nearest rail
  • Get the downwind rail to ‘bite’ slightly into the water
  • Come up and flip board over with feet
  • Slip feet down the board into their sailing position
  • Rig powered up through extended arms and a bent back leg

Work it!

Jamie Lever GBR-5

“If you sail in waves, you need to learn this move!  When your kit gets washed by a wave, it almost always turns the board upside down.  Being able to do this move will allow you to get up and away before the next wave gets you. “

Lucy Horwood GBR-95

“With small feet and wide boards, I find it essential to get the downwind rail of the board to bite into the water to help me turn the board over.  I do this by sheeting in slightly to lift my body and then I push down hard on the upwind rail with my feet to sink the rail into the water.”



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