On a recent trip to Orlando, Nautique wakesurfer Tommy Czeschin got behind the Super Air Nautique G23 with us for some lessons on how to do an air and a backside 360. These two tricks are a great place to start advancing your wakesurfing once your comfortable riding without the rope and carving up and down the face of the wave.
Boat: Super Air Nautique G23
Ballast: Rear-full; Belly-half
Water depth: 12ft
Wave: Starboard (Driver’s side)
How to do a Backside 360:
1. Start at the back of the wave.
2. Use your gas pedal (putting weight over your toes on your front foot) to get speed.
3. At about the middle of the wave begin to carve towards the lip and cup some water with your back hand; this will help start the spin.
4. Perform the spin at the peak of the wave. Initiate the spin with your shoulders and be sure to keep looking in the direction you’re rotating.
5. Cup some water with back hand while cutting up the wave for 180 releasing the fin then drive down the wave for the other 180.
6. Ride away and throw shaka’s.
If you keep spinning past 360 you need to stop the spin by hammering your back foot (this will cause the fin to track) then immediately get on the gas to keep up.
When you feel comfortable pumping the wake drop all the way back and do a couple pumps into it to get more speed.
To ally-oop the 360, be a little heavier on the toes then give a little Ollie at the lip while starting the spin.
How to do an Air:
1. Practice a few ollie’s with the rope in the flats then move it to the lip.
2. Get to the back of the wave.
3. Use your gas pedal (putting weight over your toes on your front foot) to get speed.
4. Find the best spot on the wave to Ollie.
5. Look at that spot you are going to take off from on the wave.
6. Release your Ollie at the steepest part of the wave (just before the wave rolls over. Timing is key on this)
When you feel comfortable pumping the wave, drop all the way back, give your board a couple pumps into it to get more speed.
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