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Created by Bert00 > 9 months ago, 25 Oct 2014
Bert00
VIC, 2 posts
25 Oct 2014 12:38PM
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I am an intermediate sailor started 3 years ago. Never took any course just learned it from the net. I am progressing too slowly and looking for someone to go with a few times and get some expert's advise as far as equipment set up and technique. My target is for this season to master waterstart and carve jibe. At this stage I prefer light wind (15-20 knots) , flat water conditions, no wave sailing. Living in South -Eastern suburbs (Endeavour Hills).

Thanks for any volunteers.

jirvin4505
QLD, 996 posts
25 Oct 2014 1:43PM
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Bertold said..
I am an intermediate sailor started 3 years ago. Never took any course just learned it from the net. I am progressing too slowly and looking for someone to go with a few times and get some expert's advise as far as equipment set up and technique. My target is for this season to master waterstart and carve jibe. At this stage I prefer light wind (15-20 knots) , flat water conditions, no wave sailing. Living in South -Eastern suburbs (Endeavour Hills).

Thanks for any volunteers.


What gear are you learning on?
your weight and age?

>progressing too slowly? Where are you up to in your windsurfing career?

waterstarts - I found the Dasher video plus some lessons really usefull

cheers jeff

evlPanda
NSW, 8663 posts
25 Oct 2014 3:09PM
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Haircut (props) taught me to waterstart in one afternoon.

He recommended I body-drag around for an hour or so.

I did that.

I learned to waterstart.

moondo
VIC, 134 posts
25 Oct 2014 10:56PM
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Hi Bertold,

I'm more than happy to help you out this season.
You don't live all that far from me and I regulary make the 1hr trip to Inverloch with is fantastic conditions for learning on flat water.
As a qualified instructor I'm sure I can get you waterstarting in no time.
(Did I mention the lessons are free?)

We hold heaps of training days and events from now until the end of May.
You can also check out our website at windsurfinverloch.org.au

TGale
TAS, 282 posts
26 Oct 2014 10:42AM
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[b]windsurfinverloch.org.au


Try inverlochwindsurf.org.au

NotWal
QLD, 6858 posts
27 Oct 2014 1:23AM
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evlPanda said..
Haircut (props) taught me to waterstart in one afternoon.

He recommended I body-drag around for an hour or so.

I did that.

I learned to waterstart.


Brilliant! That'd teach you the subtleties of sail handling and wind direction.

K Dog
VIC, 1847 posts
27 Oct 2014 9:25AM
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Can vouch for Simon, he helped me with the water starts many moondos ago.

mort69
WA, 178 posts
28 Oct 2014 7:35PM
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I taught my self the basics of waterstarting,in particular rig control by tying the back of my board to the beach using 30 odd feet of rope and a buried bucket in shallow water that I could touch my ass to the bottom.didnt take long.now its pretty easy.

Obelix
WA, 837 posts
28 Oct 2014 8:13PM
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My frustration was due to the sail too small (or wind not strong enough).
Impossible to water start if your sail does not lift you out. Especially when you are learning.

Took me while to realise where the problem was.

To lift my 100kg in 18-22 knots - I use 7m+ sail.
6m sail on 23+ knots.


Bert00
VIC, 2 posts
31 Oct 2014 5:41PM
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Thanks guys, you are really helpful. Sorry I have not replied yet but was kind of busy during the week.

Truth is that I checked lots of videos and doing OK so far but looking for that extra bits of advise from an experienced pair of eyes what to do differently to get to planning easier and save energy with better technique. I believe a lot depends on proper equipment, set up and technique.
Waterstart is something I have to really practise, probably pick a good day, enough wind and sacrifice a few hours, extra advice is helpful here, too.
For carve jibe I probably have to master my courage to start the turn and have not figured out yet the first few moves.

All of this is a bit hard via cyber space so I think I will take up TGale's offer and head to Inverloch one day.


Thanks again.



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