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Windsurfing, Light Wind Water Start Method, Using the Mast for Leverage

Ron using the mast, near the mast base, for additional leverage in extremely light wind. Maumee Bay State Park, OH (Lake Erie) September 8, 2012.

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Comment by Jim Friske on September 24, 2012 at 10:57pm

I would also be curious to see a video of Pete's light wind water start.  Sounds complicated:)

Comment by Don Ferguson on September 24, 2012 at 8:40am

Hey Peter any video of that move??

Comment by Pete DeKay on September 24, 2012 at 8:37am

Thanks Jim. You can waterstart in even less wind by flipping the board upside down and holding the sail by the mast and foot...fly the sail with the board pointed upwind and as the sail powers-up a little (lean the sail forward and sheet in a little) place your feet on the bottom of the upside down board straddling the mast (under water). Tuck into a ball and stay small as the board rolls over so you'll end up on top. Move hands to the boom and sail away.


Pete DeKay

 Windsport, editor (and occasional ABK Boardsports instructor...although I worked for ABK for 9 years)

Comment by Don Ferguson on September 24, 2012 at 6:37am

Saw Peter Dekay (Windsport Magazine) do this years ago, he grabbed the mast low in one hand and the sail by the foot in the other hand, holding the sail almost vertical, and water started in almost no wind also.

Comment by Jim Friske on September 23, 2012 at 2:11pm

Ron was using a RRD 113 L board. I heard you could use the mast for leverage which raises the sail higher
to capture more wind. Now Ron was able to capture the extremely light wind water start technique on video:)

Comment by Don Ferguson on September 23, 2012 at 8:23am

Hi Jim. Just out of curiosity how many liters was the board in volume?


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