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Old     (malibu73)      Join Date: Jun 2006       05-11-2008, 7:48 PM Reply   
I can;t for the life of me poke out my grabs? Could the problem be my binding (transits) be to stiff? I have put the board on on dry land and can barely replicate what I want to look like in the air. Any Ideas?
Old     (idrumyay)      Join Date: Jan 2008       05-11-2008, 7:51 PM Reply   
lay on your back and try to replicate how you want it. If you can do it that way, you should definately be able to do it in the air. If you can't do it on your back, I guess you just really can't poke out grabs
Old     (want2ridealot)      Join Date: Jul 2007       05-11-2008, 7:57 PM Reply   
Old     (thane_dogg)      Join Date: Jun 2002       05-11-2008, 8:06 PM Reply   
dude.... just suck one leg up, and straighten the other one out while you're in the air. Once you get that down, start grabbin' the board.
Old     (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       05-11-2008, 8:07 PM Reply   
I kinda like Travis' idea... but from the sound of things, you have possibly tried that idea. You said you put the board on on dry ground and tried things, how so?

i'm no expert, but these are my guesses and input

try getting more air/ grab time to do what you need via:
1. more air in general
2. go for the grab sooner - bend your knees more sooner/faster to bring the board closer to you

If stiffness of boots is truly binding you down than id try loosening them up.

Where on the board are you grabbing and trying to do a poke? maybe you're trying a harder grab to poke... if there is such a situation.

again, just guessing here and throwing things out
Old     (malibu73)      Join Date: Jun 2006       05-11-2008, 8:14 PM Reply   
This is what i normally look like.

Old    walt            05-11-2008, 8:19 PM Reply   
When you fall and your waiting for the boat to come back for you try practicing then. Grab the board and poke it out the way you want and repeat until the boat gets there. (muscle memory)
Old     (wakeslife)      Join Date: Jul 2005       05-11-2008, 8:24 PM Reply   
I feel one of the easiest grabs to poke is tail. All you gotta do is straighten out that front leg. Try it first without even grabbing the board and it becomes instinct to poke after you reach down for the tail.
Old     (idrumyay)      Join Date: Jan 2008       05-11-2008, 8:30 PM Reply   
what I find for a couple of my pokes:

tail grab: get good vertical pop, grab the tail, push your lead foot out like you are trying to kick someone...don't even worry about your back foot

stale fish: again, vertical pop, kick your back foot out in front of you (and down) AS you reach for the grab
Old     (jcstudebaker)      Join Date: Feb 2006       05-11-2008, 10:05 PM Reply   
I have always used the muscle memory type of mindset.

Here is a peice of advice, it will be extremely hard for you to do anything with out the proper line tension, so make sure your basics are 100% i.e. progressive edge. Make sure you have consistant line tension.

Then (for a Indy Poke) you I just try to kick the wake I left from with my front foot, it actually uses more waist flexability. It feels asthough your body is floating behind you. THen you pull with your hand to get hte board back under you....Hope I didnt confuse you

Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004 Location: Tyler       05-12-2008, 8:07 AM Reply   
good shifty poke there. its all about getting the board closer to your butt. Takes mad flex and strength. get your core stronger, more flexible.
Old     (dan_k)      Join Date: Sep 2007       05-12-2008, 8:25 AM Reply   
get on a trampoline and practise :-)
Old     (garret_s)      Join Date: Apr 2006       05-12-2008, 10:45 AM Reply   
BIG TIP: Keep the rope at your waist when you are setting up/launching off the wake. This was the best advice I ever got, and has improved my riding immensely.

Just a thought.
Old     (eas)      Join Date: Nov 2001       05-12-2008, 10:55 AM Reply   
control in the air is the key....keep the handle down and maintain a little line tension...this will allow you to pull a little here or a little there. once you get the grab pull hard with your arm and straighten that front leg.

good luck....and check cie j-rod's profile for a legit tail poke.
Old     (criswb)      Join Date: Oct 2005       05-12-2008, 8:29 PM Reply   
Very off topic here, but I have a question for you Chad... have your transits started peeling? The gray part?? Mine look so awful, and it's not like I haven't taken good care of them!

Good luck with poking your grabs! I am learning that as well. I always do what WCW walt says!
Old     (ralph)      Join Date: Apr 2002       05-12-2008, 9:50 PM Reply   
Dan's advise is money, get on the tramp
Old    murrayair            05-12-2008, 10:06 PM Reply   
Like Ren said way up top, stretch. stretching your legs for a few minutes before you get on the water will help a lot.
Old     (trevorcurry)      Join Date: Jun 2007       05-13-2008, 12:09 AM Reply   
Everyone pretty much gave you plenty of good ideas... I just wanted to say its not the bindings. I rode transits last year and I could poke just fine.
Old     (brhanley)      Join Date: Jun 2001       05-13-2008, 8:57 AM Reply   
Has nothing to do with stretching in my opinion, but board skills. Just keep practicing, trying to grab and poke on each jump a little more...jumping on the tramp with a skate deck on your feet or a tramp board would probably really help.
Old     (downfortheride)      Join Date: Jun 2005 Location: SLC, UT 5600'       05-13-2008, 10:06 AM Reply   
You just need to get one good Fashion Air on film and it all comes together after that. O ya and work on stretching!
Old     (thane_dogg)      Join Date: Jun 2002       05-13-2008, 10:53 AM Reply   
Walt has a good one. I do that too.

Also try widening your stance. That helped me back in the day.
Old     (skatehawk11)      Join Date: May 2008       05-13-2008, 11:53 AM Reply   
get liquid force vantage boots!
Old     (stephan)      Join Date: Nov 2002       05-13-2008, 12:01 PM Reply   
I agree with Thane, widen that stance all the way out. Puts you in a stronger position to really affect the attitude of the board. Tail is a good starter and then indy and then melan. Remember the more time in the air you have the more time to bone that shizz out, go big!!
Old     (smylie)      Join Date: Jun 2002       05-13-2008, 12:06 PM Reply   
After looking at that picture that u showed us, i think your best bet would be to bend more at your waist. Your butt is almost touching the board, you need to bend over your knees more, which will put you in a better position.
Old     (wake_upppp)      Join Date: Nov 2003       05-13-2008, 6:21 PM Reply   
Tramp practice is good and in the water waiting for the boat is good use of down time.
Old     (watson_134_lf)      Join Date: Nov 2007       05-13-2008, 6:42 PM Reply   
i went to a camp, and i was doing these super sketchy tail grabs and the guy told me like three things and i started doin sick poked tail grabs every time.
1. ride the wake with even weight distribution (thats the key)
2. when your at your peak, grab your tail, suck your back knee into your chest and point the nose of your board toward the opposite wake.
3. let of of your tail before you reach the next wake, and land carving outward.

make sure you do the weight distribution thing, or else you'll send yourself flying when you try to do anything......worked wonders for me
Old     (dnp33)      Join Date: Jan 2007       05-13-2008, 7:13 PM Reply   
try twisting your body so your squared a little more the way you poke the board.

i cant poke amazingly but thats a good place to start

well i can grab stale but it looks horrible. what do i stretch to make it easier? end HIJACK:
Old     (xbones)      Join Date: Mar 2007       05-13-2008, 7:30 PM Reply   
I pull the sh*t out of the tail when I grab it and straighten out my front leg.
Old     (berryessa_mom)      Join Date: Oct 2006       05-13-2008, 8:38 PM Reply   
My kid started doing non correct fashions, but it worked..Upload
Old     (eas)      Join Date: Nov 2001       05-14-2008, 7:18 AM Reply   
off topic a little.....but check out the tongue hangin' out. my son is only two but he does the same thing whenever he's concentrating. funny!
Old     (chaser)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-14-2008, 7:53 AM Reply   
I was messing around with my board and bindings last night and noticed that it seemed easier the more duck footed my stance was.


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