5 Quick Slalom Tips with Sarah-Quita

PWA Alacati is just around the corner (win a trip to Alacati with our sister site Boardseeker here!), here the former slalom world champion and queen of speed (and most of windsurfing) Sarah-Quita Offringa joins Boards to share her 5 quick slalom tips… don’t worry you don’t need to be taking part in the PWA to benefit from these…

Sarah-Quita Offriga slalom racing in Alacati. Image credit PWA/JC.
Sarah-Quita Offriga slalom racing in Alacati. Image credit PWA/JC.

Strong wind

Lengthen your harness – this way you create more leverage, at the same time keeping the rig further away from you.

Light wind and going upwind

Use your uphaul. You stay on the plane easier. Don’t know the exact explanation behind this one.. but it works!

Waterstarts

When you waterstart make sure you don’t kick the fin. Slalom fins are sharp and can leave quite a gash in your foot.

Rigging

Want to get on the water by 9AM? Start rigging at 7 AM. It takes a while….at least in my case it does!

Speed

Generate speed by putting pressure on the fin (with your back foot) and trying to “lift” your front strap with your front foot. This way the board lifts a bit out of the water, so you create less drag. Avoid sailing on the rails of the board.

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Philip Koster at PWA Tenerife. Image credit PWA/JC.

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