Novice

Side slide

Description: Board slides sideways on the water.
Tip: A side-slide can be done either outside or inside the wake. Usually it’s an accident while learning the surface 180, or the release of the tracking fin and cutting edge of the board. consider it turning the board 90 degrees on the surface so your toes aer facing the boat. The thing you need to be careful of is not to catch an edge – can you say face plant?? To avoid such pain, put more weight on your heels and dig that back edge into the water. This might produce some spray… but isn’t that what looks most cool!?

Butter slide

Description: Board slides sideways on the crest of the wake.
Tip: This looks really cool and isn’t really hard to do. If you can do tricks like a side-slide or a surface 180 you should be able to do this one. Position yourself on or very near the crest of the wake. Do a side-slide and hold it while the board cuts the very top of the wake. The board will naturally want to slide down either side of the wake, if this happens, put more weight on the opposite side of the board to keep it balanced. Doing this forward and backward is good practice and also a good trick to learn balance. You could also bunny hop or “ollie” onto the wake and then slide sideways.

Surface 180

Description: Board changes direction ( back-front / front-back ).
Tip: Surface 180’s are a fun trick to learn as you become familiar with riding your board, left foot forward rotate to the left, goofie’s rotate to the right. Try to place your weight over the center of the board, then in one smooth motion, pull the handle from your leading hip to your rear hip and push your back foot forward. Once you are in the 180 position, place more weight on the back and edge to allow the board to track for stability. To get back around, do the same thing from back to front.

Back slide

Description: Sideslide with back towards boat.
Tip: The back-slide is basically the opposite of a regular side-slide but instead you will be digging in your toes and trying not to catch your heelside edge. It works better if you keep you head up looking back and not down at the water, keep your legs and body as straight as possible and leaning away from the boat, bend at your ankles. By choice or by reaction, try reaching down and touch the water. What do you call a Reverse Face Plant – a HeadSlam?? or how about a NumbSkull!!

Surface 180 backslide

Description: Board changes direction (back-front / front-back) while facing away from the boat.
Tip: Same as for the back-slide above but your back hand should reach behind the small of your back and grab the handle, let go with the other hand, this shoul pull you the rest of the way around, continue with the slide until the board is facing the boat again and you are riding switch.

Switch

Description: After a 180, ride opposite to your normal stance.
Tip: You will need to become comfortable riding switch as soon as possible, so start practicing this right from the beginning stages, if you are not able to do 180’s yet, try coming up out of the water in the switchstance position.

Switch both wakes

Description: Cross both wakes and back again (toe side and heelside) in switch stance (back-front/front-back).
Tip: Concentrate on keeping a good edge and track all the way through, bend your knees for shock absorbers and stability.

Air 1 wake

Description: Rider uses wake to get board in the air, off water and land between the wakes.
Tip: Approach the wake at a moderate speed hitting it square and head on. Keep you knees slightly bent. As you go up the wake, straighten them out a little to get some spring and try not to flatten out the board until after you have taken off and are about ready to land. This is called “edging through the wake” and it very critical to your jumping as you improve and begin to crave more air. Especially if you’re just starting out, it’s a good habit to form!

Air both wakes

Description: Rider uses wake to get board in the air, off water and land on the outward slope of the second wake.
Tip: Jumping the wakes. Simple, right? But what about clearing both? Even if you get your board from here to there, you might not look as good as you think. Here’s how to get over the wakes with style and grace, with minimum risk to life and limbs.
First of all, you want to feel comfortable crossing both wakes and doing small one-wake jumps from both sides – that’s right, both sides – before conquering the two-wake jump.
Cut outside the wake (about 4.5 m), get ready for your slow turn and begin your cut toward the wake, approach the wake at a moderate speed with a good strong progressive edge, hitting it square and head on. Keep you knees slightly bent. As you go up the wake, straighten them out a little and pull the handle down while lifting your chest to get some pop off the wake, try not to flatten out the board until after you have taken off and are about ready to land. This is called “edging through the wake” and it very critical to your jumping as you improve and begin to crave more air. Especially if you’re just starting out, it’s a good habit to form! Allow yourself and your board to come completely off the wake Once you are in the air keep looking where you’re going and keep the handle close to your hip. Spot your landing on the downside transition of the second wake and allow the board to ride smoothly down the wake by keeping your knees bent and your upper body tall.

Bunny Hop

Description: Getting air without using a wake
Tip: With this trick it is important load the line with a little resistance from the handle, keep your weight even and the board flat, bending only at your knees, not your body, press the board into the water by extending your legs and lifting your chest, put a little more weight on your back foot as you do so. This combined force generates the pop known as a bunny-hop.

Surface 360

Description: Board rotates 360 degrees on the surface of the water
Tip: Surface 360’s are next in line after you’ve mastered the Surface 180. In fact, you could even do a Surface 180, hold that position for a moment and then continue the rotation, left foot forward rotate left, righties rotate right. At this point, you will want to pull the handle in towards you and turn in the same motion. Let go with your trailing hand, bend the elbow to make the handle pass in the small of your back, grab it with your trailing hand and keep turning until you’ve made it all the way around.

Air 180 (with grab) – by Andrew Bourne

Description: Rider uses wake to get into air and then changes direction
Tip: Approach the wake at a comfortable speed. Generate some pop so you can level out in the air and make your 180 turn. Make sure you are in the air when you turn otherwise the landing is more difficult and will feel off-balance.

There are 3 things you need to concentrate on: Your chest, Head(eyes) and Hands(handle).  As you leave the wake keep your eyes on the horizon. Then at the peek of the jump pull the handle across to the other hip and look down to spot your landing. Push your chest down towards your toes on the landing and ride away.
Dropping your front hand down for a method grab will drop your chest and start the 180.

One little thing about grabs. Don’t think of reaching down and grabbing the board. Bring your knees up into your chest and place the board in you hand.If you think of it that way it makes it a whole lot easier. These tips have worked for me. Hopefully they will work for you.

Bunny Hop 180

Description: Change direction outside wake by hopping into the air
Tip: let go the handle with your front hand and do a bunny-hop as above while keeping the handle low and close to your body, the handle should pull you into rotation, just go with it.

Off the wake 180

Description: Rider uses boat wake (no air) to change direction
Tip: This trick reminds us a lot like surfing (of course the wave is a LOT smaller). Ride up the wake, at the very top do your 180 and ride revert back down. This trick can be seen as a combination of Surf the Wake, Surface 180, and a Lipslide.