In this wakeboard how to, Dean Smith explains a not-so-simple trick that will blow minds in the boat.
Do This First
This is one of my favorite tricks to do, but it’s obviously an advanced trick and requires expert handle control. A solid backside 5 and an indy backside 180 are the two prerequisite tricks, and you definitely should work on a few late backside 180s to practice getting your head around for the late rotation.
Break It Down
Move first into a strong indy backside 180. The further into the trick you get, the closer your hips need to be to the handle because it will help keep your board underneath you. As you make the first handle pass, spot your landing and initiate the final 360. You’ll need to pull your body around a little harder than on a regular backside 5 to finish your rotation. As you land, focus on keeping your handle locked into your lower back and your chest over your toes.
Train Your Tech
If your position isn’t perfect, you’ll never land this trick. Crouch down more than usual in your approach and keep the handle close to your body throughout the trick. If your takeoff and the indy backside 180 are correct, you shouldn’t even have to think about the handle coming around at the end of the trick.
Try These Next
Remember, it’s important to put your own signature twist on any trick you try — no matter how hard. As a result, you don’t necessarily need to move on to another more difficult trick to do something new out on the water. But if you insist, you can try adding a melon and nose grab to your backside 5.
As told to: Vanessa Hornedo Photos: Joey Meddock