Inspirational Forward Loop tips from Victor Fernandez (E42)

When it comes to jumping, Victor Fernandez is undoubtedly one of the best windsurfers in the world. He is currently ranked number 1 in the PWA wave fleet after beating Koster at Gran Canaria and just losing out to Kauli Seadi in Klitmoller.

He took the time to quickly give us some forward loop tips at a recent dealer meeting in Mauritius:

What advice can you give to someone who is trying their first forwards?
Just when you feel prepare to do your first try, choose a good day with little ramps,4.5 sail size good power but never power up and try to grab the boom with your hands separated to spin very sideways. I think if you do this you can break through the fear barrier, that´s how it worked for me when I was 11 years old!

How do you spot your landing when everything happens so fast?
A good landing normally comes when you have a good start at the beginning of the move. Having good speed before starting any move for me is one of the keys to land a move properly.

If you were to give 3 tips on landing planing forwards consistently, what would they be?

  • Good speed before getting the ramp to get enough high on the beginning,
  • Move your hands back of the boom to give an extra push an make the rotation more sideways,
  • Once you rotate the move open the sail a bit to stop the spin

And here is the master at ‘home’ in Pozo:

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