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Old    Sheena Stovall (303girl24)      Join Date: Jul 2008       07-31-2008, 9:25 PM Reply   
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?
Old    Josh (romes)      Join Date: Sep 2006       07-31-2008, 9:50 PM Reply   
yea....dont let go...ever
Old    Sheena Stovall (303girl24)      Join Date: Jul 2008       07-31-2008, 11:25 PM Reply   
Well JR, That doesn't help much. Thanks though
Old    Sinko (sinkoumn)      Join Date: Jan 2007       08-01-2008, 6:18 AM Reply   
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.
Old    Eubanks (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       08-01-2008, 6:41 AM Reply   
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.
Old    Sheena Stovall (303girl24)      Join Date: Jul 2008       08-01-2008, 12:24 PM Reply   
I will try and grow the biggest pair a chick can grow :-) 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!!!
Old     (mje)      Join Date: Aug 2008       08-08-2008, 2:11 AM Reply   
Sheena, i had this exact problem.
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.

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.
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.

Good luck (and i concur with the post about a big pair, they come in handy!!!)
Old    Sheena Stovall (303girl24)      Join Date: Jul 2008       08-11-2008, 3:30 PM Reply   
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
Old     (mje)      Join Date: Aug 2008       08-21-2008, 2:21 AM Reply   
COOL LET US KNOW HOW YOU GET ON
Old    M-Dizzle (liquidmx)      Join Date: Jun 2005       08-21-2008, 4:45 PM Reply   
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.
Old    Dan Vargas (wakemandan)      Join Date: Feb 2003       08-25-2008, 9:31 PM Reply   
ductape.
Old    Sheena Stovall (303girl24)      Join Date: Jul 2008       08-26-2008, 11:32 PM Reply   
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!
Old    FIGS Engineering (fig)      Join Date: Sep 2007       08-26-2008, 11:49 PM Reply   
I can give you a pull if we cannot find a third. But first time you pop the handle you are out ;)
Old    mike rawls (itchyswitchy)      Join Date: Aug 2008       08-27-2008, 12:32 AM Reply   
SHEENA YOU NEED TO GROW A PAIR, AND NEVER LET GO OF THE HANDLE. NICE GANGSTA TAT
Old    Taylor Jensen (wakeboardertj)      Join Date: May 2005       08-27-2008, 8:54 PM Reply   
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.
Old    John Anderson (pucktowake)      Join Date: May 2007       10-17-2008, 9:27 PM Reply   
Get a 100 dollar bill and put it in your hand then you either hold on to the Handel or you lose 100 bucks.
Old    Nacho (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       12-04-2008, 2:54 PM Reply   
It's ALL mental. glad to hear you've kicked the habit!! Ride on!
Old    David Miller (otown_dave)      Join Date: Dec 2007       02-16-2009, 10:43 AM Reply   
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...
Old    Reid (ryoder)      Join Date: Feb 2009       02-16-2009, 11:10 AM Reply   
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!
Old    Sheena Stovall (303girl24)      Join Date: Jul 2008       02-25-2009, 7:00 PM Reply   
............
Old    Sheena Stovall (303girl24)      Join Date: Jul 2008       02-25-2009, 7:01 PM Reply   
rope to hip.....need to remember that
Old    Codi Northam (bogartsomeday)      Join Date: Mar 2009       04-26-2009, 1:15 PM Reply   
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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