Drop and Push – Now you’ve prepared and done all the hard work, it’s time to get planing!
Once you have found a nice gust and are ready to go, you have to drop your body and push the board off the wind…
Move your feet back slighlty and also widen your stance, this will alow you to drop lower, keep your arms extended and drop your body by bending the back leg more. Also, try to drop your head between your shoulders.
It is the front foot that pushes the board off the wind, so the lower you go and the more you can hang off the sail and the harder you will be able to push through your straight front leg.
Make sure when you drop your body that your weight is not going on through back foot, because then you will not able to push through the front foot! This will then stall the board and bring it back up into wind.
You should feel instant acceleration of the board in this position, if nothing happens then the gust might have not been strong enough, so come up into your comfortable position and start the whole process again.
Top tip – When you’re trying to get planing I recommend to use slightly bigger sail, as it will make it alot easier to get up to speed as you have more power. I’m not saying when it’s 4.0 weather use a 6.0… but maybe a 4.5!
Enjoy and dont feel a shamed to scream when you finally get planing- everyone has done it!!