Backwinded Duck Jibe

Fusing the Duck-Tack and the Backwinded-Jibe together results in this smooth and elegant jibe. Performing this maneuver in swell will baffle your sailing buddies and elevate your status into the stratosphere. As a sidebar, I think this is one of the coolest maneuvers to see on the water and I was very fortunate to watch Tonki Franz do maneuvers like this daily when he spent the summer in the Gorge. He is truly a sailor with style and inspires everyone around him.
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Rider: Royn Bartholdi

Steps

Tips for step 1)  Bear off wind in control and with moderate speed.
Tips for step 2)   Unhook and get out of the footstraps.
Tips for step 3)  Now switch your stance like you normally would perform a duck tack but Keep bearing off the wind like the beginning of a jibe.
Tips for step 4)  Throw the mast into the eye of the wind and move your front hand behind your back hand, so they cross momentarily. Then let go of the other hand.
Tips for step 5)   Pull the clew down and toward the tail of the board.
Tips for step 6)   The sail will float if you performed duck properly.
Tips for step 7)   Ditto...
Tips for step 8)   Ditto...
Tips for step 9)    The sail will begin to rise like a sail throw.  
Tips for step 10)   Grab the booms
Tips for step 11)  Let the sail power-up but keep your weight shifted toward the center of the board. Place your front foot behind the mast again.
Tips for step 12)  Bring the mast forward and push on the clew.
Tips for step 13)  The sail will power-up to complete the jibe
Tips for step 14)  Trim & sail away.

Helpful Skills

  • Duck-Tack
  • Backwinded-Jibe