TOP TEN TIPS FOR WAVESAILING SAN CARLOS

1.       Know before you go.  Before entering the water with your rig, you should know what the tide is doing, what directions the swell(s) are coming from have a general idea what the wind speed is. SoloSports Campo has a palapa right at the edge of camp with the perfect vantage point of the island indicator for judging swell direction.  In the morning grab a coffee and spend 20-30 minutes reviewing what is going on in the ocean.  This knowledge will help you plan your go-out.

2.       Understand what impact swell direction has on the breaking waves.  PSC is a south facing beach making it a great ride on south swells.  The wave hits the bottom evenly making the left & right sides of the wave steep.  As the swell direction moves from south to west, the lee side of the wave is in deeper water and the upwind side is steepest which equals power.

3.       When rigging always rig for the wave not the outbound reach.  If you are fully powered going out you will be overpowered as you turn onto the wave sacrificing control. 

 

4.       If you are new to wavesailing itís best to go out on a freestyle wave board until you feel comfortable with the side off conditions.  True wave boards are great on the wave but can be difficult to get on a plane and staying upwind.  FSW boards give you an efficient way of managing all aspects of your go-out.

 

5.       Donít cruise down the line outrunning the waveís power pocket where the white & green water meet.  Stay in the pocket which means you will be edging up wind until you meet it.  If you are out on the shoulder of the wave, turning is nearly impossible

 

6.       Your body is a conduit allowing the power in the sail to flow thru you onto the board.  If you go limp and hang on the boom you will become a resister spilling the energy from your rig.  Do it long enough and your rig will come to a dead stop.  There is a certain amount of body rigidity that is the perfect conductor allowing the max amount of energy to transfer to the board.

 

7.       When turning the board on a wave face push the sail forward.  That will help you bring the board around & increase your speed.  Raking the sail back combined with a heavy foot on the tail will cause a pivot turn losing speed.  Anytime you put pressure on the tail Ė itís putting on the brakes.

 

8.       After you have completed your ride and are now on the inside look to see if there are others riding waves toward you.  Be a bro and give those riders an unobstructed wave to ride by waiting until the set has passed.

 

9.       When you are on the outside of the break start looking for a set.  Slow your rig down as you wait.

 

10.   You will find that when riding in there is an area near the island that created a wind shadow.  That combined with the bottom becoming deeper will cause your rig to slow down and possibly miss the wave.  Rebalance your board by removing your front foot and sliding it forward toward the mast and repositioning your rig more down wind. This will increase your speed.  When you feel the wave propelling your board replace your front foot in the strap.

 

                          


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