Da Hatch
Berkeley Marina
Treasure Island
Berkeley Marina
Sherman Island
Sherman Island
Sherman Island

Matt Harvey (<span class="date">2007.08.01</span>):

Going to the water with a high boom will help when you try to dig the nose. Your straps should be big enough that you can get your front toes accross the center line and your back foot centered on the tail.

You are most likely to make it if you set your course exactly perpendicular to the wind before taking off. Put your front hand all the way up to the mast on the boom. Unhook and get over the board; you will need to bend your elbows a lot to stay sheeted in. It is important not to lose speed. Don't bounce or upset the board and sail with other unnecessary motion; just find the flattest piece of water on your line of travel. Prepare to time your pop on the upslope to peak of the ripple or small chop. If you try to pop in a trough then smaller boards may stick.

To me the pop feels like jumping from my front foot with the back foot already weightless. After that I get the board around by throwing my front knee past the back one and throwing my head and torso hard back the way I came.

Simultaneously with the pop, throw the mast back where the tail of the board was. The real goal is to maintain the mast raked slightly back as the board swings around. You should try to flip it soon enough that you can cross the old back hand over and grab the other side of the boom while you are still in the air. If you look at the sail while you are doing that then you are very likely to lean back, so look at a point on the horizon that was originally behind you.

Don't forget about keeping the board flat as you land, and lean forward, trying to get your hips over the universal. If you get that far then you are sure to figure out the rest on your own pretty quickly.