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Lessons From The Pros

After the super sessions here at BWA Rhosneigr it was time for a pro clinic with Mark Hosegood and Adam Lewis. The two shared some great wavesailing advice, from how to pull off forwards and doubles, to pushies, backloops and general wave tips. Here’s 7 of their best pieces of advice:

Adam Lewis

Take a break

If you’re trying to learn something new and it isn’t working it might be time to stop the session, come in for five minutes and take a break. If whatever you’re doing isn’t working it’s time to change something. Sometimes coming in and thinking about it what you’re trying to do, then having a break from it and re-engaging your brain can make all the difference.

Tweak It

Don’t be scared to come in and change your gear. The five minutes it will take to come and it refine your kit might mean you can get an extra hour out on the water, that you can enjoy and a lot more and progress in. If you’re under or overpowered change your outhaul!

Masts

Sails are made for specific masts; they are designed around the brands masts, do you cannot just use any mast in any sail. Sometimes other brands of mast work in certain sails (if their bend curves are the same) but you cannot expect everything to work. It’s important to make sure you have a mast that works.

Beg, Steal, Borrow

Try other people’s gear! At competitions like this, and anytime you are sailing with others,  it’s the perfect opportunity to try other peoples gear and how they set it up. Some people need power, some people don’t like it; it’s really good to use a variety of gear, set up by a variety of people to understand all the options out there – you might even figure out something new about how you can set up your gear better.

Long harness lines

You need distance between you and the rig; you need to be away from the rig to be able to control it. If you harness lines are too short and you’re right next to it you can’t away from it… which isn’t what you want when things go wrong!

Use your hips

Whatever you’re doing, for example on a forward loop, you need to get you hips involved. If you are twisting and throwing your arms and head into the rotation that will send you round but getting your hips involved will help the rotation even more. Engaging your hips will make sure your whole body is involved in the movement, whatever you’re doing.

Ramps For Loops

For a backloop you are looking for the steepest ramp to boost you straight up. For a forward you are looking for a ramp that will send you forward. But, for a pushie you want something in-between; it should still quite steep for a pushies but you want some forward momentum too.

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