35th session in 2009
Sailed at Dirk DeGrandeflanks Point, TX
Wind from the NNW (mph)
Board: '07 JP Freestyle 100
Sail: '06 Ezzy Wave 4.7
Suit: Full w/Exo Top & cap
I get it. Finally. The Shove-It. I don't have it. But I get it. I got it by accident when I was for some reason doing S-turns while in the harness. It's just an s-turn with the rig in that hooked in position, and you fall forward, and you happen to get air. The mental block has been lifted. Things I realized about it today:
1. Same hand movement as when you're doing s-turns while hooked in. Sheet in and sail back followed by extended front arm, followed by extended back arm.
2. Spot your ramp, then don't look at it again. Looking at it makes you want to jump it...and the shove it isn't a jump. Ignore the ramp. Look forward instead.
3. Fall forward. Falling forward becomes slightly less difficult when you get over the instinct to jump. It's not a jump. The air just happens. Ignore the ramp. I still have a lot of work to do in the falling forward department.
4. Somehow develop the cajones to not croutch into a defensive ball when you get air. Repetition. Like any other move or skill in this sport, slowly chip away at the fear that keeps you from doing it. Unless you're under 30, then just go ahead and do it.
Granted, its possible that Andy B already told me most or all these things. And granted, I had a mini-shoveit once in Maui, but I'm pretty dense.
Long day of sailing from 10 to 4 fueled by Mangia Pizza leftovers.