The Duck Gybe is a timeless beauty and a must learn move. Here, we continue our freeride technique series with Andy Bubble Chambers, by taking you through the duck gybe in 13 steps.
This stylish gybe variation is a must have in every freeriders, or budding freestylers, repertoire. What makes this move look so beautiful is the smooth sail rotation that allows the exit to be fully planing.
Ideal conditions: 15-25 knots, underpowered or powered-up, flatwater.
Ideal equipment: light no-cam sails, small sail .
Required skill level: planing, footstrap-use, able to initiate a carve gybe.
(1) Bubble bears away to gain as much speed as possible and moves his back- hand down the boom for a wider grip.
(2- 4) The duck gybe is initiated like any other gybe, the back foot is putting pressure on the inside rail, the knees are bent to bring the weight forward and help maintain speed whilst keeping the board trim under control.