The 2 methods that comprise the intermediate stage of windsurfing are utilizing the harness traces and crusing within the foot-straps. Each must be approached individually however they sort of complement one another so I made a decision to place them in a single article.

Normally the harness is taught first because it permits us to have longer classes on the water and due to this fact progress extra. The foot-straps change into related as quickly as we begin to decide up velocity and/or begin to sail in uneven water or waves.


The harness is pointless if the harness traces are arrange incorrectly, so let’s begin with that. The right place of the harness traces is when we do not have to make use of any arms on the growth when are hooked in. The sails stress level is someplace round half a metre from the mast at round head top. Which means that the harness traces must be positioned in order that the harness line clips on the growth are on the similar distance on both facet of the place perpendicular thus far.

To hook into the harness it is vitally necessary that we’re already used to crusing within the right windsurfing place. This primarily means windsurfing with a stretched physique: the entrance foot, knee, hips and shoulder all in a straight line. The reason being that that is the place we will likely be in when hooking in (and ideally once we are crusing hooked in) and if we aren’t comfy, utilizing the harness could be fairly disagreeable and can take a lot getting used to. Awkward crusing within the harness will lead to not counting on the harness to carry the sail and never laying again and relieving the arms.

Crusing within the harness is mainly ensuring that we don’t use our arms to carry the sail. The one factor we do with our arms is make corrections to the sail place as we’re crusing. Necessary to notice is that we transfer the sail ahead or backwards to alter the place of the sails stress level relative to the board. Except for that we should bear in mind to solely pull with one hand or the opposite both to shut the sail (again hand) or to open it (entrance hand). Pulling with each arms will probably lead to hooking out.

As I simply talked about, to hook out of the harness line, all we have now to do is pull each arms in direction of us and gravity will make the harness line fall out of the hook.


The aim of the foot-straps is to maintain the board related to our toes (when leaping) or to assist us keep on the board (in uneven water, gusty winds or simply plain crusing with heaps of energy within the sail). Nevertheless, for the reason that place of the footstraps is way in direction of the aft of the board, and us being initially used to crusing with our toes additional ahead, utilizing the footstraps is a difficult factor to study because it means we should shift our physique place.

One of the best process in studying windsurf with foot-straps is to make use of a board with no foot-straps and progressively shifting our toes to the again of the board and adjusting our physique place accordingly at every stage till we’re in a position to sail comfortably with the toes within the place the place the footstraps can be. Solely then do I recommend screwing on the footstraps and practising entering into them.

Now comes the getting in to the footstraps. On flat water it’s simpler to get into the entrance strap first as we will maintain the load ont the again foot and have already got slightly stability there earlier than we put the again one in. Nevertheless, in waves or uneven water I at all times suggest going for the again strap first as it’s the one which stops us from doing tha catapult. The entrance foot is the pivot level throughout a catapult and due to this fact having solely this foot within the strap is virtually ineffective.

One of the best factor is to focus on every of those methods individually and to not try to study them each on the similar time.

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