Was just wondering if anyone had any views on the minimum amount of sessions it would take to learn to a) vulcan b) forward loop (off the flat). Also any tips on either move appreciated
the forward is all about getting over the fear of doing it, the move itself is really easy so if your not scared and have the basic technique dialled then 2-3 sessions. The vulcan on the other hand is all about technique so depending on your skill level it can take quite a while to master the pop and the hand change. I can do both moves but for learning them your better off asking one of the coaches.
PRACTICE WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO WITH YOUR LOWER BODY
1. jumping with the tail up. Jumping and pulling the tail up.
2. tail grab jumps. focus on jumping and touching the tail of the board
PRACTICE WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO WITH YOUR UPPER BODY
3. turn the board by getting your hands really wide apart and quickly moving the rig forward and across the board. Now you're
jibing sheeted out and pushing the sail forward and across the board and you steer the board down wind by pushing and straightening out with your front leg and pulling in with the back leg. Swing around your shoulders and head and look back behind you, and also sheet in and pull in with your back arm and back leg, to initiate rotation. Let the board swing around with the nose crossing beneath the sail and then fall in but think about how you would recover and try to water start if you had done a jump.
DO A FORWARD LOOP
unhook your harness from the boom
slide your back hand back down the boom; your hands are now really wide apart
get over your equipment with legs bent
choose to go off the wind
prepare for the move early
commit to the move. decide to do it and you do not let go of the boom
go off the wind
prepare to jump sheeted out
prepare to tail jump
jump slightly off the wind
TAIL JUMP lift the tail with your back leg and straighten your front leg (like a tail grab jump)
PUSH throw the sail forward and across
LOOK look behind you
PULL pull in with your back hand and back leg
Feel the rig spinning around but don't stop pulling on your back hand and back leg once you have created rotation.