Getting into the Straps:
Your sailing position
by: Marc A. Lefebvre
Getting into the straps may be one of the most fundamental skills besides harness use to get the most out of your windsurfing experience. This not only will allow you to be faster but will also give you more control over your board in a variety of conditions. Getting there depends on two main factors, the wind and your sailing position. Your sailing position of course will help you get the most out of the wind conditions.
When trying to get to that optimal sailing position you are going to need to play with your set-up (mast position and harness position and length) to try to end up with your feet next to the straps. This means your back foot should be next to or on top of the rear strap, perpendicular to the board, and your front foot should be out on the windward rail next to (in front of) the front strap pointing forward (about 45 degrees). Once you can do this it will take minimal effort to slip into the straps.
Before any of this can happen you must be doing the following things to ensure success:
With these three points, you will be ready to get into the straps.
Here are some common problems and solutions to your set-up:
The bottom line is not how to get into the straps but how to attain the correct sailing position. Once you're there this will allow you to move your feet around the board while maintaining speed. If you're hanging from the booms, fully sheeted in with your body out over the water, you should be flying and in the straps. Once you are in the straps you will be able to handle heavier wind and bigger waves. Your next step, chop hopping and jumping waves. So good luck and work on that sailing position.
Marc A. Lefebvre (email@example.com)
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