Michi Schweiger launching off a wave in Hawaii Photo: Fish Bowl Diaries / Naish

TECHNIQUE: HOW TO JUMP

The art of jumping is still a little rough around the edges, but one thing is for sure; once you start trying to get air on any sort of board, you’ll likely never stop enjoying it! Here come Robby Naish and Michi Schweiger with the video clips and tips below.

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Michi Schweiger launching off a wave in Hawaii Photo: Fish Bowl Diaries / Naish

TECHNIQUE: HOW TO JUMP

The art of jumping is still a little rough around the edges, but one thing is for sure; once you start trying to get air on any sort of board, you’ll likely never stop enjoying it! Here come Robby Naish and Michi Schweiger with the video clips and tips below.

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LEARNING TO JUMP

WORDS: Michi Schweiger – Naish Team

The beauty of jumping with the wingsurfer is that a real ramp is not entirely necessary. It helps, but due to way foils work you can also boost out of dead flat water.

  • Build speed on a reach by sheeting in the wing more vertically with both feet in the straps.

  • Just before you want to lift off, load up the foil and steer slightly upwind with the wing fully sheeted in.

  • Slightly apply pressure to your front foot which will drive the nose down slightly while bending your knees a bit.

  • A short moment later your weight needs to shift to your back foot just before you want to push off from the water’s surface.
  • This front to back foot movement will load the foil even more and allow the rider to push off the water even harder, gaining more momentum to lift off.

  • Once in the air keep the wing sheeted in but start lifting it more horizontally over your head, providing some extra upwards lift, but also helping to soften the landing. Stay sheeted in unless you want to fall out of the sky like a rock.

  • If you come from windsurfing, make sure you don’t follow your instinct to lean back when jumping. Keep your weight more over the board. If you start leaning back the landing will have you on your butt, consistently.

  • When landing try to look downwind for your landing spot and angle the nose of the board down if you can – this will allow for a soft landing and with some practice you can even stay on the foil, or at least slightly touch down and then be right up again. Any flat landings will put a lot of stress on your foil and it will make it harder to keep going. But as you can see, just keep at it and having lots of attempts is not only key, but fun!

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