It doesn’t get any bigger than a glide off the kicker.
Use It All Look at any kicker and you’ll see skid marks running diagonally across its face, from just inside the bottom corner to just inside the opposite top corner. Using all of the kicker’s width yields consistent line tension, which will result in more control, added boot and softer landings.
Feel It Out First While you’ll eventually want to travel across the face of the kicker, you should simply feel it out with your first hits. Don’t take an aggressive edge in and don’t worry about getting a ton of pop. Just ride over it a few times to find out what the kick is going to be like.
Touch Down Terrific You’re coming down from a lot higher and you don’t have the second wake to cushion your impact, so landings off the kicker are serious business. Don’t put your landing gear straight out. Instead, land in a crouched position, absorbing the impact with your legs. Also, there’s no shame in dropping to your butt if you come down too hard.
Minimize Mishaps If something goes wrong in the air, I try to get off my feet and either dive into the water or take it to my back. I’d much rather absorb a body shot than chance landing out of control on my feet, which can lead to knee injury.
Send an Indy Glide Build a long, progressive edge from the trough of the boat wake through the bottom right corner of the kicker. As you come into the kicker, move your weight more over your front foot and continue your path across the entire face of the ramp. Ride all the way through the top of the kicker and push off a bit at the very top. The kicker will kick your knees up into you, so when the board comes up, grab it indy. When you start to come down, give the handle a little tug, rolling you into landing position.