As a beginner windsurfer, you’ll most likely be taught to use your first hand when you grab the mast. Using your front/first hand will help you get the most control you can over the rig. Then when you start to become better at windsurfing, you’ll begin to lean back towards the wind. When you begin doing that, you’ll be taught to change your hand to hold onto the boom first. If you want to know what the right way to grab onto the boom is, then you must first understand the options you have and how it would best work for you. There are several ways you can grab onto the boom. You can grab onto the boom with your palm facing downwards. You can also grab onto the boom with your palm facing upwards. The former being overhand, and the latter being underhand. The right way to grab onto the boom is the way that gives you the least discomfort. There are a lot of things in windsurfing where if it’s comfortable for you, then it’s the right thing to do.
What Are The Different Grips?
- Overhand Grip – The most natural way to grab onto the boom is with your palms face down. It is what you will naturally do when you try to grab the boom. There’s a different reason we typically put your palms on top of the boom instead of under it. It is because when you move your hand back towards you, you’ll be using the muscles in your back. When you use an overhand grip, you’ll have a grip that’s tighter than using an underhand grip. Having a tighter grip is vital for when you get an unexpected jolt or any force exerted on you and when you are trying to land a jump or get planing.
- Underhand Grip – There are many reasons you will have to use an underhand grip when you’re windsurfing. An example of a cause is that when you have your hand under the boom so that your thumb points away from you, you’ll be able to pull the tail of the board effortlessly. You’ll be using an underhand grip when you sail upwind. The other reason you would use an underhand grip, is if you have the boom lower than you can comfortably hold it usually. An underhand grip accommodates well for the arm’s anatomy if the boom is too low. Another popular reason or this hold is for during the jibe. When you’re shifting the sail, you can move your backhand to the sail’s opposite side by moving your hand underneath or over your front arm. It’s up to your preference, though. Most people prefer to pass underneath the front arm. Passing it underneath will help you become used to the motion, and it will be second nature to you.
- The Backhanded Grip – There is another way to grip, and that is the backhand grip. It is a simple grip to learn. It is usually used alongside the overhand grip. The body’s position relative to the sail and the backhand’s movements will make your hand have to face downwards on top of the boom. That’s all you have to know about the different types of grips you can use when you go windsurfing. The conclusion is to use the grip that gives you the most comfort.