Windsurfing Instruction for Aerials

Aerials are just like you would think:  maneuvers with a distinctive aerial component.   I also have a Loops and  Aerials  category so the maneuvers in this category are differentiated from those two in that these are less inclined toward an end-over-end rotation.

1. Core Aerials

The Core Aerials are the Vulcan, the Shove-It, and the  Table-Top.   The Standard Vulcan  seems to be the most desired because the maneuver is the foundation for learning the Spock and a good launching pad for freestyle windsurfing.  The Vulcan variations include the Rail Grab, and from Switch.

The Shove-It  is also another 'highly sought after' maneuver and is suprisingly more difficult than it looks.  I have seen many windsurfers in the Gorge take years trying to learn this trick.   The variations include One-Handed and Rail Grab.    A precursor to the Table-Top is the Donky-Kick.

2. Intermediate Aerials

Two Intermediate Aerials were invented by Gorge sailors.   The famous Wymeroo by Chris Wyman, the inventive Dark Flip by Mitch Gingrich.   I guess we canput the Air-Christ in this category as well.

3. Expert Aerials

The Shaka is an expert aerial maneuvers.

Flip-Aerials are just like you would think:  maneuvers with a distinctive aerial component that involves flipping.  I also have a  Loops  category so loops are not in this category.

1. Core

The core Flip-Aerials are the classic  Cheese Roll  invented by the italian Cesare Cantagalli and the Ponch invented by the Maui sailor Kevin Ponchetera.

2. Creative

The creative Flip-Aerials are the  T-Bone  (A Switch Forward), the Gutter Flip, Dark Flip Rodeo Flip , Clew Screw, and Fruit Loop


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Video Play List

  • Kono
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    Here is a Tyson Poor performing the Shaka at the Hatchery in the Gorge, Oregon. He makes all these moves look so easy. Most sailors will not be able to enjoy these maneuvers... such is life.
    Rider = Tyson Poor
  • Shaka
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    Here is a Tyson Poor performing the Shaka at the Hatchery in the Gorge. How does he do it!

    Rider = Tyson Poor
  • Shove It
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    Here I am performing a Shove-It at Arlington Oregon on the starboard tack. Notice how I perform this maneuver across the wind but I am still able to upright the rig because I push out with the clew hand while simultaneously shoving the sail forward to the nose of the board. This action exposes the sail to the apparent wind and positions your body for the recovery (when you get upright again). The harder and faster you shove the faster you are pushed upright.
    Rider = Royn Bartholdi
  • Vulcan -   light wind version, landing short
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    I performed this Vulcan under powered with a landing that was short. In other words, I did not get fully around but was still able to pull off the move. The key points are to slide the front hand forward toward the mast, perform a good jump, turn your head in the other direction, and pull the mast across the body during the landing. You can save a poor execution by getting the hands on the boom quickly and regaining the connection between you, the sail, and your board.
    Rider = Royn Bartholdi

Move Definitions for Aerials

Tail Grab Vulcan : Perform a Vulcan and grab the tail of the board in mid air.
Cheese Roll: An aerial maneuver where the sail is laid down sideway in mid air (like a lay down jibe) causing the board and sail to flip sideways through a 360 degree rotation around the mast as an axis of rotation.Inventor The Italian Cesare Cantagalli
Burner: A Funnel into a Ponch.
Shove It: An aerial maneuver performed by carving heal side into a wave and while leaving the water you throw your body over the sail laid horizontally to the water, letting the apparent wind push you back to vertical. Inventor Matt Pritchard.
1 Handed Shove It: A Shovet but letting go of the front hand mid air.
Clew 1st Cheese Roll: Also known as the Clew-Screw. Originator Lars Bergstrom
Vulcan: An aerial jibe where the sailor jumps the board 180 degrees (with the feet remaining in the straps) and grabs the booms on the new tack while in the air. The sailor lands the board in the switch stance position.
Shove It to Vulcan: A Shovet that lands in a Vulcan.
T-Bone: A switch-stance forward but the board twists around mid air, so you land clew-first facing the opposite direction. Inventor John Hibbard
Rail Grab Shove It: A Shovet performed with a rail grab.
Gutter Flip: A Shove-It into a Cheese-Roll with the feet flippingover the head.Originator Fredrick Stein
Ponch: A flat water goiter initiated by going down wind. Sometimes called a Floiter. Invented by Kevin Ponchetera
Table Top: An aerial maneuver where the board is kicked above your head at the apex of the jump so the bottom or tail is facing the sky.
Rodeo Flip: A one-handed Cheese-Roll.
Wymeroo: A Flat-water wave 360 where you head off the wind, pop the board out of the water, and throw the clew back over head causing the rig to rotate.Originator Matt Pritchard made popular by the spirited Chris Wyman
Drum Roll: A Shove-It into the eye of the wind causing an aerial rotation backwards. Originator Brad Drummond
Dark Flip: Back loop but switch the sail in the air and land in the switch stance position.Originator Mitch Gingrich
Fruit Loop: An extension of the Aerial-Duck-Jibe where the sailor, while in mid air, ducks the sail and immediately rotates into a clew-1st forward. The landing is finished by turning the board in the opposite direction and doing a feet change. Originator Ricardo Campello
Donkey Kick: Kicking the board out sideways at the top of a jump.
Air Christ: Jump into a table top and let go of the rear hand so you can look back and extend your arm to make a crucifix.
Shaka: A Flaka completed while in the air. Inventor Ricardo Compello.