In windsurfing there exist many different moves. Apart from the very basic techniques (like uphauling the sail), which moves are considered essential for windsurfing? Which order is good for learning them?

  • at some point, duck-tacking, because it is fun, and way easier that jibe when you begin.
    – njzk2
    Jun 2, 2016 at 18:22
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    I would put a basic navigation move first (typically tacking) so you can come back.
    – njzk2
    Jun 2, 2016 at 18:23

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Once you are past uphauling, it is not a move you are likely to use again. It is a high effort move that in high winds is next to impossible. The moves you will need to learn are:

  • beach start
  • tacking (where the nose of the board goes towards the wind - simple, but slow)
  • correct foot and sail position
  • gybing/jibing (where the nose of the board goes downwind - fast, but much more difficult)
  • water start (where the wind lifts you onto the board)
  • harness use

Beyond that you can start looking at jumps, or getting out into big surf.

A lot of the fun comes once you are comfortable with speed, understanding where the energy is in the plane, and knowing how to use the sail to your advantage - then you have a wide range of gybes you can use. Jumps also become fun at that point, as landing a big one requires fine balance between aerodynamic effects, kinetic energy, rotational energy and hydrodynamic effects on take-off.


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