Sail Body 360

The Sail-Body-360 is named because your body and sail go around 360 degrees while the board, more or less, maintains the same course.   This is another classic move and can be performed by going downwind or straight across the wind and on long boards.   Rotating around the mast base with the sail is a fundamental skill used in other tricks and instills a dance and flow like feeling to your sailing with the sail representing a dance partner.
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Rider: Royn Bartholdi

Steps

Tips for step 1)  Start by sailing at right angles to the wind.
Tips for step 2)   Unhook, get out of foot straps, sheet out, and head down wind.
Tips for step 3)  Pull the mast toward you (into the eye of the wind) and toward the tail of the board while pushing the rig away from you with the back hand while shifting your weight more on the front foot.
Tips for step 4)  While fully lifting your back foot, pivot on the front foot.   Some sailors pivot on the ball of the foot.   Remember to keep balanced over the center of the board.
Tips for step 5)  Step in front of the mast and pull the sail behind you in a backwinded position.   Keep vertical, over the mast base, and your arms extended to maintain control.
Tips for step 6)   Now step with the initial pivot foot so both feet are in front of the mast and you are facing backwinded into the wind.   There will be little pressure in the sail because you are heading downwind at this point.
Tips for step 7)   Shift the foot toward the tail and pull the mast toward the nose of the board.
Tips for step 8)  Push with the clew and shift your body to the new sailing position.   Try to keep the mast near your body.
Tips for step 9)  Bring the mast vertical and readjust your feet.
Tips for step 10)  Sail away.

Tips

  • This move can be performed in light winds without going downwind and on long boards as part of light-air-freestyle.
  • Try to keep sail balanced and vertical and slicing through the wind instead of fighting it.

Ideas

  • I have performed this maneuver clew first.
  • The double 360 is interesting.
  • Performing this maneuver down swell is fun.
  • One handers... Sail duck somewhere in rotation... Hand wash...
  • Try jumping around the rotation Mrs. Monkey.