Professional windsurfer, 2011 BSA Champion and now professional coach, Ant Baker will be passing on his secrets and knowledge, exclusively to Boards readers, by providing a technique mini-series on freeride skills.
Who is Ant
Name: Ant Baker
Years Windsurfing: 28
Profession: Professional windsurfer and Watersports coach
Years Coaching: 3 years in watersports and 8 in Martial Arts
Number of PWA events competed in: Lots, I competed in Course, Slalom, Waves and freestyle back in the day
Best ever result: Top 5 at the Namotu PWA wave competition
Favourite moves: One handed backloop
Favourite kit setup: love my new Fanatic Falcons with my North Warp12′s but im gonna have to say my 5.0 North Duke with a 94L Fanatic Quad
The Carve Gybe:
As a windsurfer the Gybe is one of the most important manoeuvres that you will ever learn, so here The Baker Academy takes you through the 3 stages of the planing carve gybe.
Breaking each technique in to 3 stages gives you the right tools for the job. The Path, The Journey, The Destination or stages 1, 2, and 3 are your guide to perfecting the gybe, as we all know windsurfing is about Balance and direction so as a reminder make sure your shoulders stay over your feet and always keep the nose of your board slightly of the wind, this makes everything feel lighter and easier.
Happy sailing, and I look forward to sailing with you soon.