Tail Grab Vulcan

You have mastered the Vulcan and feel pretty good about your sailing; but then you notice all the other freestylist are sticking Vulcans as well. What should you do? Well, throw in a tail grab and you will rule again. Most sailors try as hard as they can just to stick the Vulcan but you are so cool you casually reach down and bone the move by grabbing the tail.
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Rider: Royn Bartholdi

Steps

Tips for step 1)  Look for some chop slightly upwind. Unhook and slide the front hand forward on the boom.
Tips for step 2)  While leaning forward, jump off some chop
Tips for step 3)  Release the backhand, pull the feet up toward your buttocks, and drop the rear shoulder so you can swing your free hand down to the tail of the board.
Tips for step 4)  Grab the tail while staying in a crunched position and leaning forward.
Tips for step 5)  Keep the mast arm tensed so the mast stays near your body. Keep knees bent and let the board swing around.
Tips for step 6)  Maintain your body weight over the board by leaning slightly forward over the center of the board.
Tips for step 7)  Grab the opposite side of the boom with the free hand and let the nose hit the water.
Tips for step 8)   Reach back and grab the boom as fast as you can when the board lands or before the board lands.
Tips for step 9)  Sheet in very hard to lock in the sail and regain the board to sail connection.
Tips for step 10)  Let the board slide to a stall. Switch your stance back to the normal stance, trim, and sail away.

Tips

  • Keep your poise. At first just swing the hand down.
  • Blowing out the back of the foot straps is a common mistake by sailors and can be remedied by leaning forward over the nose during the landing. Also, try getting to the booms and sheeting in faster.

Ideas

  • Try to grab different parts of the board.
  • Try the no-hander.