Downwind 360s

Gary 360

After yesterday's awesome session, it was surprisingly flat today. Six meter sails and 90+L boards seemed to be the order of the day in the small sample I took when I arrived so I rigged 5.2m and took the 75L WaveCult. Turned out to be perfect!

For most of the session, I blasted out and back just enjoying being on the water. But I did try plenty of wymaroos which must look quite amusing from the beach!

I also tried more than a few downwind 360s. Bear away, blast downwind, speed is key, unhook, carve, carve and carve again, back-wind the sail and push round the last bit through the wind....

Except when I back-wind the sail, I seem to always fall forward on top of it, or get blown over landing on my back. It's like I'm grinding to a halt and losing all the turning momentum. The pic is Jem doing it properly out in Mauritius last year.

From the thread I started on the boards forum, it turns out you don't need to back-wind the sail at all. Just rake it right back and sheet in, keep the weight over the board and the sail neutral. Need to have another go!

Edit: James kindly send me some pix of one of my 360 attempts and it's pretty clear that I wasn't raking the sail back anywhere near enough. On my next outing after seeing these images, I nearly got round! Thanks James!

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