The natural boot off the kicker will help you expand your inverts.
Drive It Make sure the kicker is angled slightly away from your boat path so you’re not hitting it straight on and you can use more of the ramp. The driver should always drive at a bit of an angle away from the kicker, especially when his rider is in the air. That way, the rider never loses line tension.
Pace Proper One of the great things about the kicker is that you can slow down in order to build your comfort level. It’s not like the wake, which gets mushy as you reduce your speed. Start at 18 to 20 mph so the ramp doesn’t feel as slippery and you’re not hitting it so hard. Gradually, speed up as you get more comfortable. I typically hit the kicker at about 23 to 24 mph, which is similar to how I hit the wake.
Time It Right Perfect timing comes with practice. Your comfort level and consistency will improves as you learn how your edge into and through the kicker works.
Flip an Indy Tantrum Use an edge that’s in between the long, progressive glide edge and the short, snappy 360 edge. Take that medium edge all the way through the kicker, but make sure to center your body weight over your board because you’ll tend to slide out or go early if not. Just like with the wake, the kicker will do a lot of the work, so you don’t need to throw the flip too hard. Wait for the kick and let it send you into the trick, then reach for the grab as the ramp kicks your knees into your chest. Grabbing the board will speed up your flip, so make sure you’re spotting your landing all the way through. If you’re behind, pull the grab harder to speed up your rotation. As you come around, make sure you’re landing evenly over both feet.