The Power Jibe is the main transition in windsurfing. If you are trying since a few times this fundamental funboard maneuver just think that in a few weeks you will laugh on it!

The jibe Power is the real big “rock” to overcome when you start to plane with a windsurfing board but it’s not that difficult! Actually, starting to learn this transition with a good board will help you to learn it really faster.

So much practice and constancy, no frustration and a constant smile – basically you’re windsurfing, not going to work! – will be the ingredients that will allow you to learn perfectly this maneuver, enjoying the most all the disciplines that the funboard offers you.

Of course you must read my advice carefully! If you think you are not too physically or mentally strong to do it, forget it! Now, let’s start with the Power Jibe!

Rider: Daivis Paternina
Words: Amanda Beenen Cantor
Photos: Squitieri/CANON

Try to have a good speed

To be clear…you do not have to try to do the Speed World Record, but simply keep a good planning and stay focused, with the eyes facing the point where you want to jibe.

We start our curve and remove the foot from the back strap

We start our curve and remove the foot from the back strap, positioning it toward the inner rail. Do not worry too much if at the beginning you put it too central or too leeward: after a few attempts you will understand perfectly what will be the ideal position to put pressure without losing speed and balance.

Then start a slight pressure on the rail and the board will start to jibe

A little advice: the first times remove a little pressure on the sail, slightly opening the back hand just before starting the curve.

Now the board is carving!

Keep your body perpendicular to the axis of the table, the same for the mast. With the front hand pull slightly and  with the back hand open the sail a little. The secret is the balance: a well perpendicular body helps you a lot to maintain it.

We are passing the middle of the curve, starting to go in the other direction

We keep the sail in the wind with the front hand but always keeping the rig vertical and the body centered: here begins the “sore point” of all those who start to jibe, but we will do it!

It's time to change the position of the feet and bring them to the new position!

Trying to always be as perpendicular as possible, we must remove the foot from the front strap and rotate it so that it will be placed on the central axis of the board.

Bring forward the foot that was pressing on the rail

At the same time we bring forward the foot that was pressing on the rail and place it ahead of the front footstraps. If you can’t maintain a good speed - at the beginning it often happens - remember that more central on the board we will stay during the change of feet and more chances we’ll have to finish the power jibe positively.

We are on the new direction and it’s time to turn the rig

Keeping the sail not too close to the body will help us to maintain a better balance during this step, with the clew placed forward compared to our new direction! We are ready for the rotation!


push away or simply let go the back hand. At the same time we pull the mast with the front hand towards the center of the curve to rotate the sail.

There are various “schools of thought” on this point

With what at the beginning was the back hand but which now becomes the front one you can directly take the mast or the boom, but always close to the mast. Probably taking the mast will help in the beginning, but with the progress that will make  the rotation of the sail with the direct passage from boom to boom becomes more common and fast… and I personally prefer this last one!

Place your hands on the boom and it’s done!

Turn the sail and place your hands on the boom and it’s almost done! We just have to move the rig and our weight forward, preventing to get "planted”: if you are not planing at least will allow you to start again, the fastest possible, putting your feet back in the straps - first the front one!

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