Slow down your spins for added style thanks to the extra air time.
Stay Balanced Kickers are slick, so if you’re on your heels or your toes, you’re going to slip out. Hold your edge right up to the kicker’s base, then flatten off at the last second so your weight is centered. Don’t flatten off too early, though, because your line will go slack and you’ll end up with a harder landing and a big jerk from the boat.
Wait for It The kicker is a lot like a wake, only harder. Just like riding the wake, you want to wait for the top of the kicker to pop. While every kicker is different, you typically get the best pop right at the end. In general, the higher up the kicker you wait, the higher and farther you’re going to get booted.
Spin Slow, Grab Long Kickers tend to over-rotate you, so you really want to focus on slowing down your spins. Take advantage of the extra air time by going for your grab early and holding it for as long as possible.
Pick Your Approach Your edge into the kicker will depend on the trick you’re trying. For glides and other tricks where I’m trying to stretch the distance, I use a long, progressive edge because it helps me carry a lot of speed into the kicker. For flips and spins, I take a shorter, snappier cut at the kicker, which gives me a slightly looser line and more maneuverability to make my rotation.
Spin a Melon Frontside 360 For spins like the melon frontside 360, you want to employ a short, snappier edge, so start your approach a few feet from the wake and give it the gas just before you get to the kicker. As a result, your line will loosen a bit when you level off your edge. The kicker will send you into the spin as you come off the top. Go for the grab and start slowly spinning the first 180. Keep an eye on the water as you turn your head into your shoulder and make the handle pass. You will come around blind, so know that the water is coming and prepare for it by getting into a crouched position.