In 2005-06 Danny Harf started to experiment with a new way to spin. It wasn’t the traditional off-axis, but it was anything but flat. In what could be labeled as a near rodeo-style spin, one must almost abandon what the textbook says about edging, body position and spin initiation. Danny paved the way, diving out the front on dozens of attempts to figure it all out. For a few years he was the only one able to get on that axis. A few short years later — no surprise — top riders like Rathy began to emulate what Danny had done. “It is a really fun axis because you can stall out your spins a lot halfway through,” says Rathy. He adds, “It is probably the most technical way to spin, but once you get the basics of it you can really do some cool things.”
Opposing every other type of spin, Rathy says, “It is really about pulling the handle in and pushing your board and hips up the wake at the same time.” Pushing your hips up and into the spin allows a short window of availability to pass the handle much earlier than in other types of spins. You can help yourself out by approaching the wake with a slightly more hunched body position, with the handle more extended away from your body. This promotes a strong pull up and through the wake, driving those hips up into a position where the handle pass is possible.
While completing the handle pass is the most challenging part of this trick, the handle is what helps you finish the rotation, as well as get your hips back underneath you. Rathy says, “The major problem I had learning this trick was missing the handle. It’s hard to figure out the line tension but it just takes some time to work it out.”