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Old     (hamkj)      Join Date: Apr 2002       05-01-2004, 9:48 PM Reply   
This is my problem... I have spent the last 9 years learning all about wakeboarding and have spent more time driving, coaching and teaching... but I figured this is the year that I need to actually ride and start learning myself... It all hit me today... I took my friend out who has been on a wakeboard a few times ever since I introduced him to the sport late last summer... so this is his first official year of riding... today... our 3rd time out this year.... he landed his first backroll.... and then came inches short on a raley attempt... he did land his half cab 180 and just came short on a toeside 540.... he has never snowboarded or skateboarded... he just listens well and has balls!!!

I on the other hand... can basically jump wake to wake heelside... and sometimes toeside...

But I do not go big... I can teach the progessive cut.. but when I try and do it myself... I swear I cut out to the flats... start the approach and start way too fast... and then flatten out... so I clear the wake due to speed... but my front (right) leg (I ride goofy)... tip of the board goes skyward and the tail seems to stay low... and has no style or anything...

I know I am suppose to stand tall at the wake and not absorb it... and I think this is where my biggest mental block occurs.... when I am on the water... I feel like I am doing it correctly... but on video and pictures... I look like the typical guy that grabs the rental boat and board with his bright orange jacket and stretchy rope.. thinking I am going big.. when I am not...

I know its not about equipment... I like to have the best of everything... so I always buy the latest and greatest in boards, boots, boats.. etc etc etc.... and I suck... but my friends love it.... so I need some help!!! Else I am going to sell everything so everyone else can suffer with me!!!

Am I not putting enough weight on my front foot?
Any little tips to try and get out of this mental block?

I teach the progressive cut with the dial zero to ten analogy... but it doesnt work for me... for some reason I go from zero to ten... and then back to zero and skip all the steps in between.... far from the progressive cut!!!!

I need help!!!


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