Jem Hall Explains All

Almost every beginning windsurfer looks forward to the day when he or she can hook in and plane. The first planing day is a milestone - few of us ever forget the first day the board begins to slip and it seems everything goes to warp speed.

Planing speed Mr. Sulu

However, that's when the trouble begins. We've planed once but planing again seems so problematic. Everyone else is buzzing around and our board is just ploughing through the water. Worse, when we do get up to speed, the next step - getting into the straps - feels like we are standing one legged on top of a box car roaring around a mountain.

Frustrations mount. Again, while we struggle, others seem to so easily pop up on a plane, slip into the straps, drive upwind all while we are just bubbling in the water. Aaaagh!

Well, windsurf instructor extraordinaire, Jem Hall, has written a great article that will help. The writing is sparse but dense. There is no flowery prose but just a bunch of great points to keep in mind. Read it and reread it. And, hit us up with any questions.

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Re: Jem Hall Explains All

Missed this earlier. Jem has a Vimeo page Top 100 Tips and posts tips on Instagram:

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Re: Jem Hall Explains All

As someone who struggles at all aspects of windsurfing.
I have learned some from videos, some from the book Tricktionary. But I learn the most when I have two or three consecutive days on the water to practice. Lanier, Hatteras, Tampa etc. Practicing one day a week, or worse one day in two or three weeks has been a slow process for me.

Maybe we can go to Tampa soon.

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