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13 Steps To The Perfect Duck Gybe

(5-6) Immediately after bearing away, when your are on a broad reach (45 degrees to the wind), but before being straight downwind, the power in the sail will disappear, making the sail go ‘light’. This is when the front hand grasps the boom behind your backhand and the backhand lets go of the boom. The sail flips smoothly above your head. If your sail doesn‘t feel weightless during the flip, your board speed might have been too low.

(7-8) To prevent the mast from hitting the water, Bubble pulls the sail directly windward and to the outside of the turn. This enables him to reach as far forward as possible with the new front hand, ideally to in front of the harness lines.

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