The Loop category includes the three types of loops: the Forward-Loop, the Back-Loop, and the Push-Loop.
The Forward Loop is the most desired maneuver after the Jibe. There are risks so I have provided two prepartory exercises to minimize getting hurt. But remember you still can get hurt! First try Learning Guide #1 until you have mastered the technique. Next, try Learning Drill #2 (the bouncer) because it is a low level loop and most people are afraid of getting air. Wear a helmet and any combative gear you can find.
The Standard Back Loop is one of the most difficult moves to land and very few windsurfers can honestly claim a completion rate of fifty percent or more.
Push-Loops differ from Back-Loops in that they land tail first instead of nose first, the mast hand is sheeted in instead of out, the rotate around the axis of the mast in a backward flip style, and the clew hand pushes out early rather than late.
|Learning to Forward Loop Drill 1:||Learning to Loop (Part #1)|
|Learning to Forward Loop Drill 2:||Learning to Loop (Part #2)|
|Forward Loop :||An aerial maneuver involving a 360 degree forward rotation by forcing the rig forward while jumping in the air. The sailor flips upside down and around, landing upright.Also known as simply a Forward.|
|Spin Loop:||A flat-water Forward-Loop where you rotate more sideways (laterally) over your front shoulder (like a roll) so the mast stays more parallel to the water during the rotation and clears the water. Sometimes called a Speed-Loop.|
|1 Handed Forward Loop:||Performing a Forward-Loop with one hand. The sailor usually drops the front hand once the rotation starts.|
|Double Forward Loop:||Performing two rotations.|
|No Handed Forward Loop:||Performing a Forward-Loop with no hands.|
|Rail Grab Forward Loop:||Grabbing the tail or rail with a hand during a Forward-Loop.|
|Table Top Forward Loop:||A combination maneuver performed by throwing a table top, followed immediately by a Forward-Loop on the way down.|
|One Foot Forward Loop :||Pulling the front foot during a forward loop.|
|Clew 1st Forward Loop:||Performing the Forward-Loop clew first.|
|Back Loop :||An aerial maneuver performed by leaning back when jumping off a wave (or chop) and rotating 360 degrees backwards in mid air, landing upright in the same direction you started.|
|1 Foot Back Loop :||Pulling the front foot during a Back-Loop.|
|1 Hand Back Loop :||Letting go of the front-hand.|
|Clew 1st Back Loop :||Sailing into the loop clew-first.|
|Flat Water Back Loop :||Back Loop performed in chop or flat-water by pulling the front foot and dragging it in the water as a pivot while raising the booms above the head to facilitate the rotation. Pioneered by Mitch Gringrich.|
|Push Loop :||Backward rotation by throwing the head backwards and causing the sail to flip around.|
|1 Hand Push Loop :||Letting go of the backhand during a Push-Loop.|