Why do nonplaning freestyle?
If your answer is "duh!" scroll down a bit. But if your thinking is more along the lines of "that's not for me" then consider that even the most basic nonplaning freestyle can do the following for your planing skills:
-improve your waterstarting,
-get you planing in less wind,
-make tacking easier,
-help you save blown jibes,
-make launching in surf easier,
-help your body synthesize vitamins and minerals. Okay, maybe not that. But there is at least one more good reason to do nonplaning freestyle: It's fun.
(Here the "duh's" should rejoin us.)
On Long Island the winds will be lighter over the course of the summer, so I'm listing some places and things to help you and me have fun on the water when there's not a whitecap to be seen:
Clewfirst.com. Check out the Moves section for a summer's worth of basic freestyle moves within reach of anybody.
Royn Bartholdi is mostly focused on planing, but he's got nonplaning stuff in there as well (including a forward loop drill!)
The very talented Ceasar in Bonaire can get anyone excited about an eight knot day. In the first clip we basically see backwinded pivot jibes and helitacks turned into something extraordinary as they get linked with some sail/body 360s, duck moves, and back to back sailing.
Twenty-something years ago, this is how freestyle looked. Pretty amazing stuff, and these moves are still legitimate today!
Here's a clip on Broadbandsports.com of a guy having fun with helitacks and various backwinded pivot jibes. I like this clip because the sailor isn't spectacular in the least...he's just an amateur doing some basics nice and slow.
Yeah, you already know about Tricktionary. But there's a gem of a collection of old-school nonplaning freestyle just waiting for you to discover it. "Freestyle Windsurfing" by Roger Jones was written in 1987, and is out of print, but it's easy to find through Amazon and Ebay. Check it out on Amazon, where it's accompanied by this review:
Brilliant Antique technique! Written when the "Windsurfer" board was THE board, this book contains lots of information and illustration of freestyle maneuvers that work on that huge old board and rig. I bought it to see what it could add to my non-planing freestyle repertoire, and the moves range from easy to extremely challenging. It's a great find for anyone who enjoys goofing around on a longboard (or who has extreme shortboard ambitions!)
I posted that back on Amazon in 1999. For years I thought that some of the moves in "Freestyle Windsurfing" looked too silly to try. But when I attended the wind-starved King of the Cape freestyle competition in 2001, I was stunned and dazzled during the battle for top amateur, when Long Island star Mike Burns and Marsh Creek, Pennsylvania's Transition Tom Hazel pulled out all the stops, throwing every move in the old book at each other (Mike won.) I went home and reopened the book, and found new and exciting ways to make people say "what was that?"