Loops Quick Launch:
One way to show you have real garbanzos, even though you only weigh 110 pounds and can bench press a popsicle stick, is to throw a loop on flatwater. In fact, more men and women have gotten dates from this maneuver than any other maneuver. The Spin Loop is sometimes called a flatwater forward or a speed loop and is characterized by a sideways rotation rather than a vertical rotation even though the mechanics are the same as a standard Forward Loop. Technically, this move is easy and the secret is to have courage, commitment, and the correct initiation. Just remember, it is only water and you only get a couple feet in the air -- so go for it.
Rider: Royn Bartholdi
1) Look around to make sure you won't have a collision with another sailor. Remember this is a very dangerous move because once you throw the move it is difficult to stop mid-air. So take precautions. Begin by wedging the feet way in the footstraps, unhook, and move the back hand really far back on the boom. Charge on a beam reach with speed and power in your sail. Bend your knees, lean forward so your head is toward the sail, & get ready to explode out of the water.
2) Bear way off wind so you will need less rotation to stick the move. Jump the board out of the water so the fin clears and lift the booms up and forward. Turn the board down wind and sheet in. You must totally commit to this move otherwise the results are painful. Notice I am jumping off flat water.
3) Push the front hand forward to get the sail rotating and past the center line while pulling your heels up hard so your body is getting into a crunched position. Keep sheeting in with the back hand. If you let go at this point, it's going to hurt, so hang on no matter what.
4) Look back over your shoulder and not at the water while pulling your feet over your head. This keeps you body within the spin of the sail. The sail will pull hard so keep sheeting in with the back hand. Truthfully, everything is a blur and you are just hanging on to a forced mid-air catapult where you keep the board with you.
5) At this point you will at least land on your back and will complete the move. Keep sheeting in and enjoy the g-force. The sail does all the work.
6) You can even land or skim off your back and still complete the maneuver because your momentum is across the water instead of up and down. This is the magic of the spin loop -- You only have to do the first 35% of the move and the rest just happens.
7) Splash! The landing can be a bit wet.
8) If you landed on your back or butt then lean the rig up to get out of the water.
9) If you landed on your back or butt then lean the rig up to get out of the water.
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