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303girl24 07-31-2008 9:25 PM

I have a horrible, horrible habbit! I can clear the wake with good air but everytime I land I let go? My friend said he had the same problem at one point but has no advice for me. Anyone know how to break the habbit?

romes 07-31-2008 9:50 PM

yea....dont let go...ever

303girl24 07-31-2008 11:25 PM

Well JR, That doesn't help much. Thanks though

sinkoumn 08-01-2008 6:18 AM

There's not much to help, grow a pair and just tell yourself each time before you take a set that you're not going to drop the handle. It's that easy.

eubanks01 08-01-2008 6:41 AM

Sheena - Are you keeping the handle at your hips in the air? When I see people not holding onto the handle sometimes it's caused by feeling like they are going to get pulled out the front. Keep the handle in closer to your waist and you'll feel much more comfortable in the air.

303girl24 08-01-2008 12:24 PM

I will try and grow the biggest pair a chick can grow <IMG SRC="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/happy.gif" ALT=":-)" BORDER=0> I have heard keep the handle at your waist but I was never really sure why, but now I will def work on it. Thanks!!!

mje 08-08-2008 2:11 AM

Sheena, i had this exact problem. <BR>It felt like i could not hang onto the line even if i was glued to it - i eventually nailed the problem and it was all down to the fact that i was jumping away from the handle, try to imagine the angle that the line will cross the wake and where it would land on the other side - chances are your jump is projecting a few feet further back than where the handle is going to land. Try doing a few jumps (they only need to be small ones to start) but concentrating on keeping your leading shoulder forward (or just not leaning back on it) imagine landing a little further forward than you used to. <BR> <BR>This also could be because you are taking off too much on edge, try to flatten off at the wake and push UP instead of BACK when you pop. <BR>This worked wonders for me, as soon as i got the knack of not jumping away from the rope, inverts followed with ease and i was jumping much higher. <BR> <BR>Good luck (and i concur with the post about a big pair, they come in handy!!!)

303girl24 08-11-2008 3:30 PM

I knew I wasn't the only one who has had this problem!! Thanks Marvin for the advice. I'm hitting the lake today so I'll put it to the test

mje 08-21-2008 2:21 AM


liquidmx 08-21-2008 4:45 PM

Usually when someone cannot hold on its because are too busy carrying their purse around too. Put the purse down and use a kung fu grip.

wakemandan 08-25-2008 9:31 PM


303girl24 08-26-2008 11:32 PM

Carring my purse?!!? Come on now, give me a little more credit would ya! I'll try ductape....but just to let ya'll know I have conquered my problem! Thanks to all...now lets go ride. Who has a boat in Denver I can tag along with?? I got money for booze...! Lets party!

fig 08-26-2008 11:49 PM

I can give you a pull if we cannot find a third. But first time you pop the handle you are out ;)

itchyswitchy 08-27-2008 12:32 AM


wakeboardertj 08-27-2008 8:54 PM

its not about growing a pair, its about proper technique. not holding it at your waste and letting it go away from you will pull you off balance. Happened to me when i was learning ts w2k.

pucktowake 10-17-2008 9:27 PM

Get a 100 dollar bill and put it in your hand then you either hold on to the Handel or you lose 100 bucks.

denverd1 12-04-2008 2:54 PM

It's ALL mental. glad to hear you've kicked the habit!! Ride on!

otown_dave 02-16-2009 10:43 AM

You'll grow out of that faze as your riding progresses .Everyone did it at first even if they don't want to admit it...

ryoder 02-16-2009 11:10 AM

think about sticking your landing and bring the rope to your hip!! i think we all go through this phase at some point and its all about just being mentally tough, but i would recommend jumping on a tramp with some friends and tie a rope and handle to something near bye and just get the hang of jumping and landing with the handle in your hand and then eventually have friends "spike" you on the tramp to make u jump higher so that u feel uncomfortable cause u are so high, but remember to never let go. u have to make having the handle in your hand second nature!

303girl24 02-25-2009 7:00 PM


303girl24 02-25-2009 7:01 PM

rope to hip.....need to remember that

bogartsomeday 04-26-2009 1:15 PM

Try jumping with holding on only with your front hand, or, jump holding with both hands, and while in the air or while landing, let go with your back hand. Other than that, I say its all mental, dont be scared to hold on....JUST DO IT!

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