Description: Rider goes onto the surface with back touching and rotates, then back to normal stance
Description: Backside Roll with/ wrap 360
Description: Heelside back roll-to-fakie landing
Tip: Bryan Shiflett says: “The first half of the backside roll to revert is thrown exactly like the backside back roll. But, unlike the regular roll, once you hit the peak of your jump let go with your front hand and spot your landing. This will automatically bring you and your board to the fakie position. Stick with it until you can stick the switchstance landings consistently.
Description: Twister past 90 degrees, then reverse into 360 rotation in other direction
Description: Heelside Front Roll
Description: Toeside back roll-to-fakie landing
Tip: There are a few basic fundamentals that are the key to all tricks. Once you master them, any move is possible. So, when working on something new, pay attention to the basics. The fundamentals required to perform a toeside wake jump and 180 are the same moves required to land your first toeside roll and toeside roll-to-revert: progressive edging, handle position and body orientation. There is a direct relationship between entry-level tricks and the most advanced tricks being performed today.
Let’s look at the basic fundamentals that take us to the toeside 180 and toeside roll to revert. Always remember that when you add a 180 rotation to a move, the rotation is performed during the second half of the trick.
- The beginning of both the 180 and the roll to revert are the same as the wake jump and roll – even weight on both feet with a progressive approach at the wake.
- Leave the wake standing as tall as possible, going up first while pulling the handle to your hips.
- Think wake jump and roll to keep your axis correct, making sure that you don’t go to revert before the second half of the trick. Concentrate on going up before beginning your rotation.
- After the peak of the trick, use your rear hand to pull the handle to your rear hip. This will initiate your rotation.
- Look toward the horizon, in the direction of the towboat. Balance is affected by where you are looking. If you are looking down, you’re going to fall down.
- Bend your knees on the landing and keep your head up as you look at the horizon to control your balance.
Description: Backflip, body first in the direction of the take off
Tip: Tommy Fambrough explains…” Set up for a heelside cut. You will need to edge pretty hard to build up some speed. As you start to come up the wake shift to your toeside edge, square your shoulders and back to the wake, throw your head back, and let the wake kick you around. The transition to the toeside edge is the key. When I started trying it, I wasn’t edging hard enough into the wake and couldn’t get the end over end rotation. Because of that, I was landing on the back of the board and my front foot was popping out. If you don’t make the transition to a toeside edge then your body will be in an awkward position and it will be hard to get the rotation and land standing up.
Description: Starting heelside, rider goes into air and raises board above the body (pushing the board up – inverted)
Tip: Joel Goertz from Kelowna, BC,Canada says; “Like most big tricks, the Raley requires a specific approach. The approach to this trick is absolutely crucial to its execution. Speed is key. Edge out as far as you can on your toes to set up for the backside/heelside approach. Use your progressive cut but build it quickly and increasing it as you get closer to the wake. As you get closer to the wake, start dropping your butt lower than normal and keeping your back straight. Stay low. Edge all the way through the wake and you will feel the lift on the board. Let it go. When you’ve reached the peak of your extension, start bringing the handle down towards your knees and bring your feet back underneath you for the landing. This is when you’ll discover whether or not you got a good cut to the wake…Plan for a few painful failures. There is a huge psychological aspect of this trick and overcoming it is half the battle. The key is all or nothing. Good luck!
Backside Front Flip
Description: Starting heelside, rider uses wake to get air and flips forward, board over head
540 Hand pass
Description: Same as 2-wake wrap 540, but handle must exchange hands behind back.
Tip: John Pilkintnon describes the Frontside 540 like this- “This trick is very difficult and is very underrated. Pull out about 7-10 feet, where you will be approaching the wake on your frontside edge. Come in on a fairly aggressive edge, flattening your board as you hit the wake. You don’t want to lean in on your cut otherwise you’ll get kicked off axis and get worked, hard! As you hit the wake, wait a second, so your board and body become even, then initiate your rotation. Try to over-rotate the trick so you wont catch a toeside edge and fall. Unlike a frontside 360 where you look at the shore for your landing, on the 540 you’re going to want to look back at the boat so you’re body is square for the landing. The landing will be awkward because you’ll have the rope in your rear hand, but eventually you’ll be able to make a second handle-pass.
Description: Front roll to Blindside 180
Bunny hop front flip
Description: Front flip without using the wake for air
Description: Backside Raley to Blindside 180
Tip: Scott Cahill sent us some email with these tips for the Blind Judge:
· 1. Start out as if you were doing a Raley and make sure your rope is tight all the way through
· 2. As you leave the wake throw your hips and board away from you
· 3. Make sure you look back toward the boat as your floating – it will keep you from busting
· 4. Then pull the rope in as if you were doing a normal Raley but at the end rotate blind, extremely fast so you don’t catch an edge
Description: Twister past 90 degrees, then reverse into 540 rotation in other direction
Description: Heelside double 360 Heli’s crossing both wakes