First, here is what a beautifully executed planing jibe looks like. The sailor is Matt Case, an instructor with ABK, the windsurfing school that has taught me almost all I know about the sport. I shot the video. (Don't forget you can enlarge the video by clicking in the lower right corner of the window.)
...and here is a 6-minute video showing 9 of my attempts this week, recorded by my GoPro camera attached to my boom. Five attempts resulted in me falling into the water; four were successful (not beautiful!) in that I didn't. (Please ignore the first 30 seconds, which were shot with the camera upside down. I liked the clip nonetheless, so I left it in.)
I can very effectively teach people the basics of windsurfing, but I am by no means a very skillful windsurfer myself. What I am mostly working on mastering is known as the planing jibe, a downwind turn in which the board keeps skimming over the water, slowing down only minimally. Two days ago (July 23, 2012) we had great wind here on Sayers Lake, perfect for practicing these jibes. So I did.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.