One Handed Laydown Jibe

Whereas the standard Laydown-Jibe is a purely functional transition the One-Handed-Laydown-Job makes the transition into a trick. When I first saw this maneuver I was amazed the mast did not snag the water and send the sailor into one of those tumbling crashes over the top of their rig. You will be happy to know this maneuver is easy to learn.
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Rider: Royn Bartholdi

Steps

Tips for step 1)  Unhook, and bear off the wind with lots of speed. Slide the rear hand a little forward on the boom so it is near the center. Experiment with the exact placement of your rear hand as you gain more experience with this maneuver.
Tips for step 2)  Lean forward and bend your knees. Rake the sail back so the clew comes toward the rear of the board while tilting the mast forward and down toward the water. Now, let go with the front hand.
Tips for step 3)  The front of the sail will fall flat but your hand will act as a balance point and support.
Tips for step 4)  Keep the knees bent and your body weight forward as the board approaches dead down wind.
Tips for step 5)  Notice my weight is still forward and knees bent. The foot of the sail is pressing against your shins.
Tips for step 6)   The sail is completely flat and there is no power. Notice again, the foot of the sail is firmly pressed against your shin.
Tips for step 7)  Let the clew rise a little higher than the boom head to really bone-out the move. Grab the boom again.
Tips for step 8)  As you head into the new direction, bring the mast vertical.
Tips for step 9)  Your body now comes vertical and you are pulling with your front hand so the sail becomes vertical.
Tips for step 10)  The sail is now vertical and your weight has shifted a little back as you exit the belly of the jibe. You are sailing out of the jibe clew first and power has returned to the sail.
Tips for step 11)  Now let go of the rear hand and let the sail rotate.
Tips for step 12)  Grab the sail on other side for your new board direction.
Tips for step 13)  Switch your feet, adjust, trim, and sail away.

Tips

Master your Laydown-Jibe before performing this move.


Ideas

  • To really impress your Grandma and Grandpa visiting from Ireland, lay the sail as close to the water as you can so it just skims the surface.
  • Performing this maneuver in swell is visually stunning.
  • Do something cool with your freehand...