(1-2) To fly the sail, grab the mast directly above the boom with the front hand and lift the mast up into the wind to let the water run off the sail. Swim upwind and lift the sail up and to windward.
(3- 4) As soon as the sail hovers above you, place both hands on the boom. At this point you‘ll be able to steer the board using the sail and by swimming upwind or downwind: If the end of the boom goes down towards the water and you swim into the wind, the board will turn more upwind. If you‘d like to bear away, lift the end of the boom upwards and swim in direction of the mast-foot. Steering the board can easily be practised in shallow water, it‘s far less exhausting.
(5-7) As soon as you have aligned your board across the wind, put the heel of your back foot on the board in between the foot straps. Our tip: If you place your foot on the inner side you‘ll almost automatically get a more forward oriented body position which provides a “look around the mast“. This prevents the board from turning into the wind.