The Forward Loop Myth – I need to be carve gybing and landing massive jumps before I can learn to forward.
Colin Whippy Dixon of WindSurf coaching and Andy Bubble Chambers explain more…
“The forward loop is one of the easiest and hardest moves I have ever learnt!
“It was easy because pretty much as soon as I held on I landed.
“It was hard because from day one in windsurfing we train to stop are selfs going over the front, and a forward is really just a catapult!
“If you can sail in the footstraps and kind of get the board out of the water you ready are ready to forward!
“With the right coaching it’s easy, I would even say it’s easier to do when you have just learnt to windsurf, because you’re more used to the catapult feeling. So NO you don’t have to be able to turn before you can loop, if you’ve got what it takes (balls, bottle, a can of man up, etc) there is nothing told you back, go for it!”
“Half the freestylers around the world could do Spock 540’s and vulcans as a way of turning around before they could carve gybe! Forward loops are 90% mental and 10% technique! Get out there and do it!”
Feeling inspired to give the forward loop a go? Check out all of the Boards forward loop technique features here.