To jump the bump or not? You only have 1 second to decide. If you’re going for it you want to have the confidence that it will pay off. It requires a quick burst of energy and a some sprinting to make it happen. Sometimes you’re better off saving your energy and waiting for the next bump. If you decide to wait, try not to fall straight down the back off the bump. This will help you set up for the next bump with good speed and you’ll save a lot of energy. Here’s an example of that scenario on an OC-2 where I decided to wait for the bump behind. The bump we waited for turned out to be a good one but I still wonder how the bump ahead could have played out. @bluesmiths @vaikobi @outriggerzone @qbpaddles @tahoebluegear @gofoil #downwind #mauiPosted by Jeremy Riggs on Wednesday, August 12, 2020
If you want to learn downwinding, especially if your goal is a North Shore Maui Maliko Run, there is no one better to learn from that the Jedi Master himself, Jeremy Riggs of Paddle with Riggs.
This week, he dropped a great video on how to decide whether to go after the bump or to let it go, regather your strength and set up for the next one. Like he often does with his clients, he brings us this lesson from the cockpit of an outrigger, where you can more easily see what the nose of the canoe does on the bumps – and what the nose of a board will do as well.
We could watch his downwind videos all day long, but getting instruction in one like that is a real treat.