1 Handed Jump

One way to liberate your sailing from the shackles of rigidity and into the space of freedom and flight is to mimic flying itself. I believe the best way to do this is to extend an arm during a jump and to imagine an open wing in flight. The beauty of this move is in the perceived mid-air suspension as if you really are flying. The artistic impression in this move goes a long way with little investment. Learn this move! Instead of jumping learn to fly.
Step 1 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
Step 2 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
Step 3 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
Step 4 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
Step 5 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
Step 6 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
Step 7 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
Step 8 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
Step 9 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
Step 10 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
Step 11 instruction for 1 Handed Jump
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Rider: Royn Bartholdi


Tips for step 1)   Look for some chop with a ramp conducive for an off-wind jump. Approach the ramp with maximum speed. Speed is your friend. Bend your knees to harness as much energy as you can for the jump.
Tips for step 2)  Jump off the wind by springing off the chop. Imagine all your internal energy going up and down wind. You want to pop off the chop like a wake-boarder.
Tips for step 3)  Lean slightly back in you harness lines, point the nose of the board down wind, and let go of the front hand.
Tips for step 4)  Extend the arm back and bring your knees up to the boom and the tail of the board under your bum. Really feel the stretch in the extension.
Tips for step 5)  Keep the extension even during the decent of the board. Stay relaxed a feel the float.
Tips for step 6)  Guide the nose of the board with the front foot. This facilitates a smooth and soft landing.
Tips for step 7)  Begin to reach back for the boom.
Tips for step 8)  The torso of the body and the mast remain parallel during flight. In other words you gain your stability and control in this move by having a good connection to the sail that comes through your stomach via your harness lines.
Tips for step 9)   Extend you legs slightly to meet the water.
Tips for step 10)  Grab you boom before or after the landing. The best landing is on the nose and you feel no impact.
Tips for step 11)  Because you're hooked in, the rig is trimmed, and so you are planing when you meet the water, as if there was not transition from air to water.


  • Practice good chop hops to learn how to increase the height of your jumps.
  • Jump downwind and pull your feet up underneath your bum to extend the float.
  • Lower body explosive training such as squats, running stairs, and jump roping really improves your potential for this skill.
  • Practice nose-landing jumps to get the landing dialed.
  • Make sure your harness lines are positioned correctly. Most sailors do not position their harness lines properly.


  • Extend the clew hand.
  • Look back during the extension.
  • Try a no-hand jump.
  • Try the one-hand one-leg jump. Wow!