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Shortboard Tack Chris Pressler
on 8. November, 2009 – 16:46 / 3 Comments

To know, how to tack on a short board is really important, for staying upwind or to turn around in tricky windconditions.

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  • steven says:

    I’ve been trying this move for years and can’t make it. This is the first video I’ve seen that seems to clearly break up the approach into the tack into two distinct parts: The first hard carve to get the board upwind. The body is well away from the board and the hands back on the boom, sheeting in hard, with a lot of pressure on the back foot. The second phase is when for a moment he straightens up slightly as he switches hands and feet. The mast seems to tilt away. He’s more upright now, bent at the knees and waist. Then he goes for it. Am I wrong in thinking of it this way? I think I’ve been trying to do all this at once, with the result that my body is so far away from the mast that I can’t make it to the other side of the board. Or, I haven’t carved through the wind far enough and I wind up facing dead into the wind, and I can’t expose enough of the sail to the wind to get all the way through.

  • chris says:

    Hi Steven,
    you are right. Stay away from the rigg whil ecarving into the wind. Don´t switch too early, otherwise the wind will kick you in! When you change the feet and move your body around the the mast you should get your body over the board to have a great balance. When you start to get some glide again, push the board with your front foot (can be stretched) and get some pressure on the backfoot, which is placed in between the front and back footstraps, along the middleline of your board.

    So my top tip: carve in with speed and get your body up before your change the side. You are upright in this moment and your rigg is leaned back with the boomend down to the tail of your board. Keep your arms almost stretched!

    Good luck,

  • chris says:

    One more idea: after you have moved your body to teh new side pull the rigg forward in the direction of the nose. This movemnet helps a lot to get the whole system in a stable position.