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Old     (twakess)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-09-2003, 4:36 PM Reply   
Ok, here are my feelings:

I have been riding since the days of the Skurfer, and I have ridden with riders of every skill level from first time riders to professionals. Over the years, I have seen many riders progress too quickly and hurt themselves both physically and there ability to truly progress. So here is a list of tricks in an order that I feel they should be learned so that you can help avoid injuring yourself. This list starts by addressing the most simple wakeboarding techniques and advances from there. Keep in mind that this is a condensed version (It explains more of what you should do and not how you should do it
as I see fit) and there is more to it than I am leading on but I am
just trying to keep it simple like it should be:

1. Get up, carve around, and cross both wakes. You should do this so
that
you can get used to the way the board rides on the water. (Edging,
lossness,
etc.)
2. Jump from the inside to the outside of the wake both heelside and
toeside.
3. Jump from the outside of the wake to the inside, but jump only into
the
middle of the wake. Do this both heelside and toeside.
4. Once you are comfortable jumping one of the wakes, try clearing the
wakes
both heelside and toeside by coming into the wake a little faster each
time.
5. Try to grab your board as you clear the wakes once you feel
comfortable
in the air.
6. Try to land a 180, both toeside and heelside.
7. Once you are comfortable, try to grab your 180s.
8. Next try some 360s, both toeside and heelside.
9. Once you are comfortable, try to grab your 360s, both toeside and
heelside

Once you have learned all of this and feel comfortable, try it all
switch, and in the same order as you learned them riding regular. This will make you more of a well rounded rider, and your body will be used to riding,taking off, and landing in both switch and regular stances.
After you learn how to land a backroll, other inverts will come quickly
due to the fact you will know how to cut (and control your cut). Each
trick takes a different cut and sometimes a different edge.

If you agree with me that is cool, if not fire away, I am open to
criticism. It has helped me and other rides progress as quickly as possible and become a more rounded rider. Mostly what I am trying to say, is take your time, have fun.


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