Peter Hart

Tushinghan Guru

In a worldwide poll called the ‘Top 100’ Peter Hart was voted the 3rd most influential and inspirational windsurfer of all time. At various times known as "The Guru" and "Mr Windsurfing" he has been involved in every aspect of the sport as competitor, journalist, TV commentator, trainer, coach and program maker.

Peter Hart

5 Aug 2015

In Praise of the BOLT

Fresh from his clinic tour of Greece, Peter Hart is ecstatic over Tush’s classic all-rounder.

When I’m based at a centre doing a clinic, my over-riding priority is to get everyone set up well on the right kit – because nothing good will happen on the technique front unless you’re balanced, comfortable and confident. Many centres have a wide choice of designs. Marvellous … but too much choice can be a burden. You get used to a rig; then the next day the wind has changed and/or someone has nicked the one you tuned so finely. You’re forced to take another design, which is good … but different – and so you waste an hour tweaking and getting used to it. In Vassiliki this year the place looked like a ‘Bolt-fest!’ Neilson and Ocean Elements are just two of the centres, which have majored on Bolts. Why?

1. Because they are so easy to rig, tune and use
2. And because they eliminate the burden of decision.

I was based at the Neilson centre. Over the week we were blessed with winds ranging from 12-25 knots. As my clients asked me for sail advice on day one I basically said, “follow the Bolts, and all will be well.”

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Neilson racks full of Bolts

People agonise over sail type a they change sizes – “do I need cams?” “Do I need a free-ride/freestyle or wave sail?” The Bolts make that decision for you, gradually mutating and getting more manoeuvre-oriented as they get smaller but still maintaining the same easy feel.

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When you change up or down size, you just want to feel that someone has turned the power up or down – you do NOT want to have to totally readjust to a new design. The Bolts offer consistency and familiarity across the whole range  from the 9.5 down to the 4.0.

Smaller sizes
The area of most confusion currently lies in the sizes of 5.7 and under. How many battens? Where do you want the effort? How full? What feeling – crisp or soft? And the answer you get depends on whether you ask a freestyler or a wave sailor or a speed merchant.
One situation last month in Vass illustrated the glory of the Bolts perfectly. In 18 knots of wind Tim (88 kg) was hammering up and down on an Atom 120 and twin cam 7.8 Bolt – and next to him and holding her own was Kirsty (60kg) on a 103 Kode and a Bolt 5.0. Kirsty, as with many improving free-riders, was still on a relatively big board for her weight (in case the waterstarts didn’t work out) but was getting planing easily and screeching along thanks to a small sail that is both light but still enough low end power to drive a big board.

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PH mid duck gybe with 6.5 Bolt

But before you cast it is as just an easy entry-level tractor, on the same stretch of water we had Max, a Neilson instructor, busting out every new skool trick in the book on the same Bolt 5.0. He ‘d just rigged it with a little more outhaul to tighten up the back end and make it neutralise more easily.

Not surprisingly, 3 of the people on the Vass course went out and immediately bought a selection of Bolts the moment they got home. 

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PH standing with 5.8 Bolt with James Neilson centre manager

 

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13 Jan 2015

10 STEPS TO GYBING WITH HARTY – another clip

A second clip from Peter Hart and Dave White’s brilliant new DVD ’10 steps to gybing.’ Many people struggle with the carve gybe because they’ve never mastered the basic version.

In this the second step, Harty and Whitey describe the non-planing (a.k.a. ‘flare’) gybe highlighting which elements are common to the carve gybe.

The full version available through Tushingham or by emailing harty@peter-hart.com

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8 Jan 2015

FREE-RIDING with HARTY

There are few things which are guaranteed these days but one of them is that if you attend a Peter Hart clinic you WILL improve and have a good time doing it.

Those looking to work on their overall game will be particularly drawn to three general skills courses he’s running in spring and summer of 2015.

14-21 April SAFAGA Red Sea. Fabulous, warm flat water. Understated luxury in the Shams Hotel. Call Sportif on 01273 844919

18-25 June RHODES. Reliable side-shore winds. Beautiful venue near Rhodes town. Call Sportif on 01273 844919

28 June – 5 July VASSILIKI. Europe’s windsurfing HQ. Flat water and afternoon thermal winds. Staying with Neilson in the fabulous Cosmos Hotel. Call Neilson (attn Ellis): 01273 666106

The required standard for all 3 clinics is planing in the harness. You’ll also get a chance to try the latest Tush and Starboard kit.

Check out details on www.peter-hart.com.
For more info email Peter on harry@peter-hart.com

Pic Get the most personable attentions of the master in the most beautiful conditions.

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hartywindsurfPeter Hart
@hartywindsurf:
Great freestyle comp at West Witt on Sat. I couldn't pulling off a one handed carve in front of judges to remind them where it all began!
28 months ago
hartywindsurfPeter Hart
@hartywindsurf:
To warm your cockles this chilly Feb morn, check out this montage of my recent trip to Brazil - no Photoshop needed! https://t.co/PBQIhqKQHO
30 months ago
hartywindsurfPeter Hart
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Harty Masterclass hits Kerry this week for an 'intro to waves' course. 8 metre swell forecast for Monday - that'll be one hell of an intro!
40 months ago
hartywindsurfPeter Hart
@hartywindsurf:
En route for Tiree with 40 + predicted all week. Like workers in a chocolate factory, could be in danger of too much of a good thing!
47 months ago
hartywindsurfPeter Hart
@hartywindsurf:
Ah the joys of Holyhead at 6am and the gentle of aroma of bacon fat emanating from Stena's glorious ferry. Donegal here we come!
59 months ago
hartywindsurfPeter Hart
@hartywindsurf:
glorious weather on the beach this morn - where's a good photographer when you need one? Can you think of anyone Jon?
60 months ago
hartywindsurfPeter Hart
@hartywindsurf:
Loop course tomorrow Wed 15 Sept, west witt 10 am - perfect sideshore conditions. Call 2XS 01243 513077. You can't put it off forever! PH
60 months ago

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