In Rusty’s early days of riding back home in Canada, he was immediately drawn to the double-up: “We had a MasterCraft Prostar 190, and the first time we figured out double-ups we were freaking out.” Obviously a far cry from what he attacks today behind his 2013 X-Star, but in his beginning stages of learning he utilized the extra time in the air to add rotations and continue to fill his bag of tricks. As a professional he finds that “It is hard to beat a photo of a really big double-up trick. You get to appreciate just how high people are going. The tower is probably 12 feet off the water, so when you see the rope angle going up to the rider, you know they connected.”
Here Rusty is floating out an indy tantrum to blind, a trick that he easily does off the wake. The differences he points out are that “I roll in a little slower than for a wake-to-wake to get more of a straight up-and-down pop. You have to check your speed so you don’t overshoot the landing.”
The line tension is certainly a part of double-up tricks that needs to be managed. With so many changing variables it is difficult to predict the tension you will feel, but as a general rule there is a sharp increase in tension that coincides with the amount of kick that you feel from the double-up. The more you connect, the more tension you will feel just off the top. With a trick like this one, Rusty says, “I am ready for the tension and try to keep some all the way through so I can use the tension to do the backside 180 at the end.”
By comparison, a trick like a heelside frontside 7 requires a different takeoff. “Pull yourself into the boat to help with the handle pass,” Rusty stresses. In doing this he is using that spike in tension felt at the launching point to his advantage by initiating the spin while advancing himself toward the boat, to have a looser line to spin with at the peak.