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Wakeskating: Basics

May 14, 2004
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Getting Up

Mark Ruck

Sink the board with your hands and put one foot on it at a time so the board is directly under you. The deck will float to your feet. You might want to practice this before trying it behind the boat.

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Once the boat creates line tension, start moving the board in front of you and the water pressure will hold it to your feet. The rest is just like getting up on a wakeboard.

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Dock Start

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**Clint Tompkins

Line tension is the key, so make sure you run off the dock with a tight line, pulling against the boat a little.

Don’t jump too high, because that will make you land harder. Get your feet in position on the deck before you let go of it.

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Ollie**

Scott Byerly

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This is the foundation for most lip tricks. If you have a sick ollie, you will have a great future in wakeskating. If you don’t know how to ollie a skateboard, you should learn that first.

Some people push down on the nose of the deck for timing and more power. Sink the tail into the water while lifting your front leg. As the board leaves the water, suck up your legs to allow the board to rise.

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Wake-to-Wake Air**

Brian Grubb

Edge in at a medium pace, then suck up the wake as you hit it, especially with your front leg, so the tip of the board is higher than the tail.

Keep your legs sucked up until it’s time to land. Land by extending your legs slightly as the board rides down the slope of the second wake.

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BS Shuvit**

Clint Tompkins

Tip 1. Start off with an ollie. Just as the deck is clearing the water, initiate the backside rotation with your back foot. Use your front foot to guide the spin by kicking your foot at a 45-degree angle to the direction you’re traveling.

Tip 2. You also want to kick the deck out in front of you a little bit. Decide when you want to catch the board. The higher you can catch it, the better.

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In-to-Out TS/FS 180**

George Daniels

Tip 1. Starting inside the wake and airing off the wake is a great transition for trying certain moves; the TS/FS 180 is one of them.

Tip 2. Air off your back leg while lifting your front leg to your chest. That will allow you to guide the 180 with your front foot. If you want to take it bigger, take some edge into it and ollie with more effort for a bigger snap.

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FS Body Varial**

Ryan Doyle

Push into the water as you would for an in-to-out ollie, but keep the rope

in your back hand as you push off. Jump a little higher than your board but

still keep your weight over the board.

As you turn your body, keep looking down at the spot your front foot left

the board. As your back foot comes around, place it where your front foot

was and catch the deck. As you land, bend your knees and keep the handle low and in.

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Kickflip**

George Daniels

Tip 1. Start with your front heel off the edge of the board a little bit. Pop more than usual for your ollie, then roll your front ankle and flick the board with the outside of your foot, also pushing the board in front of you a bit. Make sure the board is almost vertical and not flat as you flick it.

Tip 2. As with all wakeskating moves, practicing the kickflip on a skateboard will be the key. If you can catch the board with your feet before it hits the water, you are the man.

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