> I have been trying to do a simple pop to a Fakie, but have had no success.
> I can slide the board to a Fakie position pretty easy. But every time I
> try to pop a 180 I eat it. I don't get it? I mean, it looks like such an
> easy trick. For the pros it isn't even a trick. Its just a move to set up
> for a trick.
> Can some please tell me what is the easiest way to learn that trick
> (I mean move).
> Lets say I'm left foot forward, should I start= on the right side of the wake?
> or on the left side?
> popin off the wake from the right side?
> or the left side?
> or should I try it right in the middle?
Before trying to do a 180 off the wake, first do it directly behind the
boat (bunny-hop 180).
As with any new trick or move, try and break it down into as many steps
as possible and then work on each step individually. With the bunny-hop
180, there are two steps. First you must pop the board up out of the water
and second, spin it around 180.
Now practice the first step; popping the board up out of the water without
the aid of a wake. You'll be amazed how hard this is to do on water if
you've never tried it before. The problem is that water has alot more
"give" than land does. If you try and pop the board up out of the water
as if you were on land, you'll quickly learn that this method doesn't work.
Because water has more "give," you must wait for the water under the board
to first compress before you start launching your body up. Now that you
know this, practice popping the board up out of the water without the 180.
The second step of the bunny-hop 180 is the 180 surface turn. This is a
good move to practice on land with your fin removed. You'll use some
muscles that you never knew you had before. Now before you try and
do a bunny-hop 180, you might try the bunny-hop and then your slide to
180. Then, gradually increase the speed in which you slide the board
180. It won't take but a few times before you'll be doing a full
Once you've accomplished the above, the pop to fakie over the wake will