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Duck tack w. Philip Soltysiak

Continuing our series with Philip Soltysiak we move on from the donkey gybe and pick-up with the duck tack. A highly skilled move that will open the doors to all sorts of possibilities.

Over to Phil…

The duck tack is a very technical freestyle move. It requires excellent feel and control of the rig. A very stylish way to turn around and show your buddies your skills. Flat water, a stable board that you can carve easily and a sail less than 6m is ideal to learn this move.

In this particular sequence I’m doing the duck tack on my 4.5m Sailworks Revolution and a Starboard Flare 91 in Jericoacoara, Brasil.

Step 1: While planning, step out of the footstraps and place your feet in switch position, with your old back foot up by the mast, and your old front foot near the back strap.

Step 2: Keep the board on the windward rail as you slice the mast into the apparent wind.

Step 3: Cross your mast hand over your sail hand as you slice the sail, grabbing the boom near the clew with your old mast hand and pulling the rig back across your body and past your ear.

Step 4: Reach far to the front of your boom on the new side with your new mast hand.

Step 5: Keep the board carving upwind and the sail low.

Step 6: Push out with the back hand and back foot as you fall off the plane to finish off the rotation.

Step 7: Right the sail and aggressively expose it to the wind to steer the nose of the board off the wind.

Step 8: Stabilise and sheet in as you continue to steer the board in the new direction

Step 9: Sheet in and sail away.

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Phil is sponsored by: Starboard, Sailworks, Dakine, Streamlined, Camaro Wetsuits, Peppers Eyeware, Makani Fins, Nolimitz Masts.

Pictures are provided thanks to the Tricktionary –

More moves to come!


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