The Push Loop with Evi Tsape
Evi Tsape runs us through one of the more advanced but very impressive windsurfing moves...
The pushloop is a move that was discovered in the 80’s. Behind it is the master of windsurfing, Robby Naish, and his goal at the time was to make backflips whilst on the air.
With this rotation you basically roll your body over the sail, and the name pushloop comes from the fact that you need to push the sail with your backhand in order to pass the clew through the eye of the wind.
Compared with the backloop, the pushloop is basically a different way to pass the leech through the wind. Whereas in the backloop the leech passes the eye of the wind around the middle of the rotation, in the pushloop this happens right in the beginning.
The rotation is performed very early and the rider comes out of the rotation with the sail open, being able to land the move more softly with the tail of the board or even to plane out of the move.
Equipment Used: F2 Rebel 63lt, North Sails Ego 3.0m2. The smaller the sail and the more power you have in your sail, the easier becomes the rotation.
What To Do!
1. Hitting the wave you go up vertically. Keep your weight back as you take off, and at the same time push the sail upwards.
*Don’t go too much upwind on take-off.
*Your head and your back need to start bending backwards from the very moment you take off the wave.
2. Throw your head back and look at the top of your mast. At the same time pull your front arm in.
*Don’t start the rotation too early. Make sure your mast will clear the water and will not catch on the wave underneath you
*Do the rotation before you stop going up.
*Do not push your sail into the wind excessively like doing a goiter, let the sail pull you into the rotation instead.
*Push your legs to get them over your head, whilst looking at the top of your mast.
3. When you are in mid-rotation, keep looking at the top of the sail. Try to turn your head more and spot your landing
4. When you find yourself on top of your sail, keep pushing the sail to bring it in the upright position. Keep looking at your landing spot and stretch your backhand slightly, to put the sail more upright.
5. When your sail comes in the upright position, prepare yourself for the landing. Stretch your legs a bit so as to go down tail first and make the landing smoother.
6. As you land, bend your knees to absorb the pressure off your feet and board. Try to hang down on the boom with your arms, so as to be able to continue your course.
Pics below - click thumb nail for full image - Evi is sponsored by F2 international, Brunotti Greece, North Sails Greece, and ION Greece - check out www.evitsape.com for more on Evi!
Photo credits Fotis Papadopoulos