Forward Loop

Historically the aesthetics of flipping is a universal theme found in art and athletics. Representing the symbolic circle and the essence of control and rebirth; no wonder a great many sailors want to learn this power maneuver. You can also loop! The technical aspect is fairly easy because it is a maneuver where you stay in the straps and you do not perform any fancy sail magicry; you just hang on to the booms and let the rig do all the work. However, the psychological barrier is a mountain you must climb. Face your fear! Get out of your head! Learning this move is extremely rewarding and opens up a new dimension in your sailing.
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Rider: Royn Bartholdi

Steps

Tips for step 1)   Look for your ramp: some smooth steep chop for your loop. Also look around to make sure you won't have a collision with another sailor. Remember this is a very dangerous move so take precautions. Unhook and move the back hand farther back on the boom. Charge the chop with speed and power in your sail.
Tips for step 2)  Jump and turn the board down wind. keep sheeting in and begin to look back toward the clew
Tips for step 3)  Push the front hand forward to get the sail rotating, pull your feet up, and keep sheeting in.
Tips for step 4)   Keep sheeting and do not look at the water when you whip around. The sail will pull hard so keep sheeting in the sail no matter what. If you let go here -- it's going to hurt.
Tips for step 5)   Keep sheeting and do not look at the water when you whip around. The sail will pull hard so keep sheeting in the sail no matter what. If you let go here -- it's going to hurt.
Tips for step 6)    Ditto...
Tips for step 7)   Now you are on the landing descent.
Tips for step 8)   For softer landing you want the tail to lead into the water. You can begin to sheet out here.
Tips for step 9)   Splash. You have returned to the water and your knees are probably bent to absorb the landing.
Tips for step 10)   Stand up, trim, and sail away. You are now a member of the elite loopers club. Congratulations!

Videos

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This example illustrates how to huck a Forward Loop in light wind and chop. Notice I lift the boom over my head to get extra lift and I look back toward the clew hand during the rotation while I extend the front arm. The key is to be really aggresive in the jump and to tuck the back leg under your butt so the nose of the board rotates around. Remember to jump out of the water (the fin must clear out of the water or you will get pulled out of the footstrap) and to hang on the booms. Note: All loops have some risk of getting hurt.

Helpful Skills

  • Courage and the a warrior attitude.
  • A good powerful jump with the ability to bear off wind in mid air.

Tips

Some loopers like to jump the board and bring the mast into the wind to load up the sail; then press the front hand down to create the rotation. Try this. Maybe this concept will help.


Ideas

Try the spin and planing loop. Alsostry all the thematic variations: Switch stance, clew first, multiple loops, hand and feet placement.