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

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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20 Nov 2014

BOLT and/or ROCK

After extensive testing on his clinics, Peter Hart helps pinpoints the subtle differences between the Rocks and Bolts.

Where Tushingham has differed from other brands is that we’ve only presented you with one wave sail range. For the past 10 years it has been the much loved Rock.

 It’s our belief that a good wave sail, with a little tweaking, can be made to work in ALL conditions. I mean, say you bought a dedicated, down-the-line riding sail and you arrive at your local spot to find it howling onshore, what are you supposed to do? Go out and buy another set? Nice idea but you’re going to need a bigger van.

But we do seem to have gone back on our word with the release of the Bolt – but sort of by mistake. The smaller Bolts, 5.25 downwards, have 4 battens. Although they were designed to be ‘light in the hands’ all-round, freestyle and free-ride sails, team riders and magazine testers alike have given them a definite thumbs up for the waves. 
So which is it to be, Rock or Bolt?

I took a set of Rocks and 4 batten Bolts on my recent 6 week wave clinic tour. I used both in the same conditions. I gave them to my charges to try and now have a very good idea who they suit and in what conditions.
Here are some thoughts.

Over or under-powered?
The fifth batten of the Rock is there to support the foil and lend extra stability. So the Rock over-powers better and has a slightly wider upper wind range. I personally like that for those crazy days when the wind is unstable. I can rig a little bigger in the knowledge that I’ll plane through the lulls and be able to survive the gusts no problem – a big advantage if the sea is crazy and unpredictable.

This isn’t necessarily a big person small person thing but those who liked to sail slightly over-powered, favoured the Rocks.

With one batten less, the Bolts ‘bag out’ a little more and can generate more low end power. You can get a way with a smaller sail, which increases your manoeuvrability and allows you ‘hide’ and depower the sail more easily at critical moments during the wave ride. 

It’s not just a wave sailing issue. I gave a Bolt to a 50 kg lady, who found herself planing ecstatically with a 4.5 in 18-20 knots and with NO dead weight in her hands. The less battens you have the more information you get from a sail both visually and through feel, which again is a plus in critical situations but also for pumping and trimming in lighter winds. The pay-off is that ‘feel’ turns to instability in the big gusts. If you genuinely are going to do a lot of wave riding on proper swell often under-powered in fluffy winds, look at the Bolt. 

If you favour powered up wave sailing, the extra stability you get from the Rock, especially launching into and landing wild jumps, may suit you. 

Freestyle?
Both the Rock and the Bolt make great freestyle sails. But if you’re genuinely looking towards new school tricks (Vulcans, Flakas and beyond) you might favour the Bolt. It’s so light in the hands that it makes you want to go for the tricks – and the mental ‘go for it’ battle is the one to win.

In Tarifa last week I was using the 5.2 Bolt on the 103 Kode in 18 knots of wind, a combo I would never have used before. For manoeuvre oriented sailing, it was magic. I handed it to a few die-hard old skoolers and they all immediately felt that a bit of popping and sliding could be on the cards!

Failure to nail even the more ‘basic’ moves – carve and duck gybes for example – is often down to nothing more than big blokes trying to hang on to too much sail. Having a go on a smaller Bolt was real light bulb moment and gave them a taste of how you should feel approaching a move.

So in summary I would say:
Don’t agonise too much – whichever one you go for, the choice won’t be wrong. Both sails work across the board. 

Talking teccy, the Rock depowers better from the leech – you can set it with more downhaul so it’s easy to oversheet get the leech to open.

The Bolt depowers better from the luff – i.e. you can spill wind instantly by sheeting out. 

Go for both! I’m only half joking. For waves most have a ‘go to’ size, especially for riding, which is generally a 5.2 depending on their size obviously. If that sail gets trashed at the beginning of the session, you’re screwed. I will always have both a 5.2 Rock and a 5.25 Bolt with me, because I enjoy the different feel AND so I have a spare. The Bolt also makes a great SUP sail.

Rock 1

Rock 1.  The Rock – super versatile in all conditions – the extra batten widens the upper wind range.

Bolt 1

Bolt 1. The Bolt – so light in the hands – it can bring a new ‘freesyley’ element to your sailing.

Bolt 3 Bolt 2

Bolt 2 and 3  Harty on a 103 Kode and a 5.25 Bolt, a big board, small sail combo he would never have got away with before.

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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!
22 months ago
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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
24 months ago
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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!
34 months ago
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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!
41 months ago
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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!
53 months ago
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glorious weather on the beach this morn - where's a good photographer when you need one? Can you think of anyone Jon?
54 months ago
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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
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