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.[splitpost intro="true"]
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.
(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.
(9-10) Andy keeps the board on the rail for a nice and smooth carve by keeping his knees bent and weight forward.
(11-13) When exiting the move, Bubble changes feet from switch to normal stance. He keeps his body low to maintain speed.
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If the mast always hits the water…
If the mast hits the water while the sail flips, focus more on taking a wider grip on the boom, with your backhand further back before you initiate the move. This allows you to do release the front hand more easily and place it further back, closer to the clew (picture 5 and 6) to pull the sail windward (picture 7 and 8). Also, do not wait too long to do the flip - if you have already gone past the point when the sail is light, and then you try to duck you will catapult over the front!
Photos/text: Stephan Gölnitz/Manuel Vogel/Andy Chambers.
Feature in conjunction with Surf Magazin and their How To Freeride Special. Check out further information here.