I'm trying to learn the shove-it for a while now, but I don't seem to be getting anywhere. I'm learning it in small chop (i don't have any waves near me) and what I do is that i try to find a steep piece of chop and carve into it and then I kinda throw myself on the sail and push down with my hands. What happens next is that I feel the power from the other side of the sail (don't know if I take off at that time or not) and then my mast hits the water and i fly in over it.
What do I do wrong, what should I even do in a Shove-it? And how do you do it in flat water?
hey man listen the real key for this move is to lift your feet up so the board will go up wind within a second! and than when you do this youre body will come forword automaticli and than you just fall on the sail work on thatt and the finishing of the move will come faster...
He means that you need to drive the board into a quick upwind carve by not only banking the board but by using your ankles and pressuring hard through the footstraps. This is what he means by pulling the feet up (its really more about flexing the ankles and bringing the toes and foot up into the straps before falling over the sail). It helps to turn the front foot in the strap so that the lateral surface of your foot is contacting the deck pad under the strap. This helps give some extra angulation for the quick carve. This is a tip given to me by Wyatt Miller, a pro Gorge sailor and it really helped my initiation. A longer carve slows you down too much and kills the back pressure needed to pop back upright. Go into the move with good speed, even slightly overpowered. Sometimes you'll go to backwind the sail and you'll get tossed all the way onto your back. Cool feeling!