Gutter Flip

To the untrained eye (and even to the most advanced sailors for that matter) the Gutter-Flip looks like a weird Cheese-Roll. Indeed, the Gutter-Flip fuses a Cheese-Roll on the tail end of a Shove-It. Well thanks to the inventor and my friend, Fredrick, the move was not named "Cheese-It" or "Cheesy Shove".
Step 1 instruction for Gutter Flip
Step 2 instruction for Gutter Flip
Step 3 instruction for Gutter Flip
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Step 5 instruction for Gutter Flip
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Step 8 instruction for Gutter Flip
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Step 10 instruction for Gutter Flip
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Rider: Royn Bartholdi


Tips for step 1)  Pick some moderate steep chop or swell.
Tips for step 2)   Lay the sail back and to the side like you are tacking into the swell. You are kind of approaching the chop from the heel side -- in snowboard terms.
Tips for step 3)  Now go into a Shove-It.
Tips for step 4)  Ditto..
Tips for step 5)   When you are into the shove it then throw your back foot over the top, leaving the sail stalled in the Shove-It. This will create a twist in your body.
Tips for step 6)   As the board flips over then the sail will naturally follow with a delayed flip.
Tips for step 7)  The inertia and rotation will cause you to flip completely around.
Tips for step 8)  The tail will fall so tuck the feet underneath you and straighten your arms out.
Tips for step 9)  The landing is usually a bit wet. You will flip around but the sail will be positioned a bit to the rear so lean the rig forward after the landing.
Tips for step 10)  Trim and sail away you low-life gutter man.


The first time I tried this move I just did cheese rolls on starboard because I knew cheese rolls on starboard and I did shove-Its on port because I knew Shove-Its on port. This was not a surprise because of muscle memory; our friend when performing a move and our enemy when learning a new move.

I was pretty good at Cheese-Rolls and Shove-Its on their respective tacks so I knew I could learn this maneuver. I talked to Fredrick and then met with the infamous freestyle counsel in the Gorge, who dwell in hidden caves on Mount Adams and look like Yoda with board shorts. I was given ambiguous instructions in alien tongue then ordered to strip to my shorts and perform the ritualistic climb to the icy summit of Mt. Adams. This, like a lot of advice, did not help... unlike my advice of course, which does help... So I would like to believe... And continue developing this web site.

A few days later I saw my buddy Russ, an amazingly gifted and intelligent sailor, tossing a few Gutter-Flips at the Hatchery. So we had a little coaching session and I followed him around trying to be like RUSS. His Support was very helpful even though I never really figured the move out. For some reason, I dropped the move for a while.

Then one day at Upper Kanaha in Maui I spontaneously threw a Shove-It on starboard (the side I am trying to learn) and was certainly going to crash when my body, acting on it\s own volition... which it does a lot... threw my heels into the rotation and I was flipping over, pulling the sail along for the ride. Hey... that was a Gutter-Flip! Hey, that was a Gutter-Flip! Hours later I was "talking story" with friends about the new move I learned -- an indulgence every shameless windsurfer does once in a while much to their embarrassment.

So even though I have only made this move a couple times I am bold enough to say the difference between a Cheese-Roll and Gutter-Flip is during a Cheese-Roll you basically lay the sail on it's side with the clew back toward the tail of the board and continuously pull the sail thru the entire rotation whereas during a GF you lay the sail on its side but forward toward the nose and from that position you perform the rotation...feet 1st over your head... followed by pulling the sail over. Sure, there is a resemblance... Like a Back-Loop resembles a Push-Loop. But they are very different.