Windsurfing Instruction for Legacy

I call this group of maneuvers the Legacy group although often you will see the words Classic or Old School being used as well. This is a subjective classification for sure and I guess all windsurf moves eventually become Classic or Old School over time and anything relatively new will be known as New School. Interesting enough, like fashion, anything old enough and not seen in public long enough will eventually become in vogue again and cool, jettisoning the Old School reputation.

1. Simple Legacy Maneuvers

This set of maneuvers are more or less exercises or studies that demonstrate windsurfing skills and some are very helpful (if not necessary) in learning other maneuvers. For Example,  Backwind Sailing  is a very helpful skill that is used in many tricks so I suggest mastering it on both tacks.    Fin First Sailing  might be helpful in Willie Skippers, I am not sure, but if the wind is light, you are at the beach, and your friends lean toward the lazy side of life then you can entertain them with this skill as well as sailing Inside the Booms.

2. Core Legacy Maneuvers

Three maneuvers define this group: The Body Drag, The Cowboy, and the Sail Throw.   In addition to the Standard Body Drag there is the  One Handed, no handed, and the Clew Forward variations.  The Sail Throw also has the Stall Tack, Bob, and Boomerang variations. A Willie-Skipper is a move performed by jumping the board out of the water and spinning it 180 degrees while in mid-air and landing with your feet out of the footstraps, on the deck, and the board sliding backwards. Once the board has landed and is sliding then the sailor can perform a  Standard-Willie-Skipper  (flip the sail, let the board stop, and begin to windsurf away in the other direction) or another variation.

3. Advanced Legacy Maneuvers

There are number of variations stemming from the Standard Willie Skipper of which I am calling advanced.   The simple variations: The first is entering into a Haas Tack  at the end of the move.   The second, Known as a Free Willie, is performing Willie Skipper with a board 180, a sail flip, and then a Sail-180 at the end of the move. There are two intermediate variations.   The Clew-Forward which is self expanitory and the  Lollypop  which involves a simultanenous Sail-360 and Board-180 at the end of the Willier Skipper. Expert variations involve appending another trick onto the end of the Standard Willie Skipper.   For Example, the Omazaeki was invented by Josh Stone and fuses a Cowboy into the move.   The Diablo adds another board 180 woth a sail duck at the end.   The Echo Variation instills a sail duck into the move.   The Jizz Master, as you might guess, incorporates a Jizz maneuver into the skipper.  The Sleepy Hollow adds the Inside the Boom theme and the Freeze invloves backwinding of the sail.


Loading the player ...

Video Play List

  • Backwinded Sailing -   learning and practice example
    Play This Video
    A valuable skill in many windsurfing maneuvers is backwinding the sail with control and finesse. In light winds, start by sheeting the sail back and stepping the front foot in front of the mast as the nose point upwind. Move the mast forward into the wind which will cause the sail to backwind. By manipulating the sail by moving it forward toward the nose and backward toward the tail, practice steering the board while maintaining control. Put the front hand on the mast to learn how the clew hand controls the power in the sail. Keep practicing and playing.
    Rider = Royn Bartholdi
  • Cowboy -   best in light to moderate wind
    Play This Video
    Many sailors ask me about this move. The Cowboy starts off as a Backwinded Jibe so be sure to master that move first before attempting this maneuver. The primary skill in this move takes place after you step to the other side of the sail. The key is to pivot your back to sail and slide the hand to the mast. This takes a little fancy footwork while maintaining your weight over the centerline of the board. Once your back is to sail then pull with the front arm like throwing a discus in track and field. This action causes the sail to unwrap from you back and rotates in front of you. This move become more difficult on smaller boards and high winds.
    Rider = Royn Bartholdi

Move Definitions for Legacy

Body Drag : Jump off the board and drag your feet.
Willie Skipper: A transition performed by jumping the board out of the water & spinning it 180 degrees while in mid-air; landing with your feet on the deck & planing backwards, tail 1st. ; Then the sailor rotates the sail 180 degrees & adjusts the feet to point in the opposite direction.
1 Handed Body Drag: Stay hooked in, Body drag and then let go of front hand.
Willie Skipper Hass Tack: A Willie Skipper with a Hass-Tack added @ the end.
Free Willie: A Willie Skipper with a board 180 and sail 180 added @ the end.
Lollipop: A very sick Willie Skipper variation by adding a board 180 and a sail 360 at the end of the move. Perhaps the most difficult variation.
Willie Skipper 540: A Willie Skipper with a backwinded jibe added at the end.
Clew 1st Willie Skipper: Perform a Willie Skipper clew first.
Omaezaki: Willie Skip 180 followed by a Cowboy. Originator Josh Stone
Jizz Willie Skipper: A Willie Skipper with a Jizz maneuver thrown at the end of the move.
Echo Willie Skipper: Willie Skip then duck the sail.
Freeze Willie Skipper: A Willie Skipper performed with an extra step performed in the middle of the move to slide the board more. The extra step is a sail/body 180 to backwind the sail, then a reverse sail/body 180 to return to a standard Willie Skipper.
Clew 1st Body Drag: Rotate sail to clew 1st and then body drag.
Sleepy Hollow: A Lollipop with the sailor ducking inside the booms at the end of the maneuver.
No Handed Body Drag: Stay hooked in, let go of both hands during drag.
Sail Throw : Throwing the sail toward the nose of the board by releasing both hands (while on the beam reach) and letting the apparent wind push the sail back to you.
Sail Throw Boomerang: A sail throw while performing a jibe.
Cowboy: Backwind the sail on a beam reach then turn your back to the sail and cause the sail to wrap around you body by pulling the boom
Fin 1st Sailing: Spin board around 180 and sail fin 1st.
Sailing Backwinded: Sailing on the leeward side of the sail.
Sailing Inside Booms:

Sailing while inside the booms.

Contrarian Sailing: Sailing switch stance and back to the sail.
Backward Sailing: Sailing on the leeward side of the sail and back to sail.