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Speed Loop again... but this time it's for real :) !

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Created by Manuel7 3 months ago, 8 Jun 2017
Manuel7
103 posts
30 Aug 2017 12:40AM
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Finally, yesterday with some good wind for a change, I was able to accomplish a major change in my loops. After about 2 hours to backslapping, jump and launch type of attempts, I knew I had to stop these parasite jumps before throwing the sail. So I try to launch forward, off of a small wave at small speeds, extending my arm fully before clearing the fin and the board just followed.


The rotation felt much smoother, easier and I landed in a much more manageable position. Unfortunately it was after 2 hours of pretty good winds and I was spent. Still I pulled 3 attempts like this, they all were very similar and only lacked speed and height to waterstart away.


For the first time I was also able to do 3 attempts that looked very similar and not so wobbly or uncertain. I didn't have fear going into them because for some reason I got used to throwing the move while still on the water. It's an odd feeling to start getting pulled while still on the water but the board just follows and it's actually easier to tuck the board below me.


I have a strong feeling that my next try might actually end up in landed loop!

Manuel7
103 posts
11 Sep 2017 11:38PM
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Ok lots of news, first of all Irma decided to pass by and shut off the wind for a bit.
Then it took down my windsurfing center !

Approaching:



Aftermath:











And now that Irma is gone... back to the forwards... woah 13-29 knots mostly 16-26 and on 4.5 I wasn't super comfortable.
Yet I tried 20 fronts and about 10 backies. On the forwards, I was so close to land a couple but kinda ran into a lull and with my shy speed it didn't happen.
I had immense bails especially when everything connected I dediced to not go, darn! but I can see progress especially given the tough conditions.
I noticed that I lack confidence to sheet in, that's a biggie, by fear of rotation too fast and landing hard. So I don't sheet in hard, nor move my back hand back enough and I land heavily on my back as a result.

I did land one where my gear spun around and set up in front of me as opposed to upwind of me, that felt really good.
These tough windy conditions though are where we make the most progress. A year or so ago, I would have probably not tried much.

I was a bit surprised because the forecast called for 1.8m 15s waves from Jos? but they never really turned out.
Mostly the next day when the wind just shut down.

Now Friday on, everything looks really good especially Saturday on, 18 knots, with small waves, perfect for a chicken like me!
With over 400 attempts, 500 must be the new magic number but it needs to happen in September!

Dar
47 posts
12 Sep 2017 9:31PM
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Don't know if you have seen this but I am sure it will inspire you so that you can go for it!!!

Manuel7
103 posts
13 Sep 2017 1:24AM
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This saddens me a bit Dar as this video is the first one I reference in my loop quest blog ;) !!!

Funnily, I was thinking about this video while sailing and that amazingly this guy doesn't land them. But yet some land them on their first day of trying? I just don't get this move?!? Fascinating. This guy is trying them in beautiful conditions though, still the commitment is nuts with nearly full endo loops. And again he can't land them (or wasn't able to).

My tries seem like total chicken tries in comparison.
Here is my latest album... I'm one step beyond this album but not by much anyway.

www.facebook.com/Manus-Windsurfing-Blog-204083476593704/photos/?tab=album&album_id=513055989029783

Teaser:

Dar
47 posts
14 Sep 2017 2:28PM
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Hey Manuel... don't stress.... you are so close. It took me a couple of attempts but once you get it it is actually a very easy move.

Go big, go high, look back and yank that back hand with all you have!

I'm waiting.

BSN101
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14 Sep 2017 7:57PM
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Dar said..
Hey Manuel... don't stress.... you are so close. It took me a couple of attempts but once you get it it is actually a very easy move.

Go big, go high, look back and yank that back hand with all you have!

I'm waiting.


keep the feet attached or you will never land one.

Cant wait to hear ya after the first one sticks.

Manuel7
103 posts
14 Sep 2017 8:59PM
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Thanks guys, worked really hard on this session. It was after I understood to extend my arm before leaving the water but didn't lead to success anyway! I had a virus and my attempts were not 100% hence the high number of bails despite the quite friendly conditions.

My last session was more hardcore (but more sick!), yet got some nice attempts. I do have this overrotating fear but when I look at overrotated ones, they seem to take a lot to happen which would not be my case given how I "protect" myself when trying them.

Manuel7
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Monday , 18 Sep 2017 11:55AM
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Well, as the wind has been gone and that we are now waiting for Maria I can't really work on anything except... in the pool! (yeah I know, rough life... anyway :D !)

Indeed, it's quite interesting since I believe each move where there's a rotation such as 360, front flip, back flip, etc, it's difficult to know where we are through the rotation as things spin around us pretty rapidly. So I find the mental work has some similarities. We need to understand that at some point we won't know what's going on, like a leap of faith once into the move. I was actually surprised to feel how it could help with learning front loop windsurfing.

That said, the front flip is quite a bit easier as elements are nice and still! There's a light mental work and a technique to figure out. I haven't tried backflips or side flips but I'm going to. It's cool to notice that the first 4-5 tries feel pretty good and then we get tired and don't improve that much. Again similar to working on front loops. The difference is that on the water it's much harder to get good tries (even more so on some spots) since the conditions and kit vary so much.

Some interesting videos...







Manuel7
103 posts
Thursday , 21 Sep 2017 10:56PM
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Introducing... Maria, Cat 3.

Manuel7
103 posts
Friday , 22 Sep 2017 8:16AM
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While round 1 was at high tide, waves reaching up and destroying the beach... winds lower but 20-30-40 knots.
Round 2 was at low tide, waves stay farther out but winds reach 60 knots+ and was a a bit scary!



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