Thanks guys...I felt a little sheepish getting so expressive over what many would call a beginner trick, but it has plagued me for so long and I was so surprised/elated that I had actually stuck it.
Nick, as to the drill, I'd advise the vid simply because it helped me land the trick, but here is my version.
1. Slow the boat down (I rode 18 or so) I also used my Roam, although any board will work. If you have center fins, take them off.
2. Riding directly behind the boat, pull the handle 'hard' with both hands so you literally pull yourself way in front of the handle towards the boat. It will make lots of slack line, so just be ready for that. I actually tried the 'drop the handle and then grab it again off the water'. It works, kinda cool
3. Once you got that, now pull on the handle again, but now let go with your lead hand (left if regular) and reach around your back and tap the handle. Don't grab it, just tap it.
4. When I say next, that assumes you've done the previous several times succesfully. Okay, now pull then handle, but instead of just reaching, turn your head left while reaching and make the pass (and hence the spins). This is all on the surface.
5. Now start either just outside the wake or on the far inside of the wake. Do 'traveling' surface 3s inside the wake. This gets you used to the lateral motion while spinning. My biggest problem here was I leaned over too much to avoid getting the HS slam. You need to be leaning away from the boat a little, but don't break at the waist.
6. Okay, now do traveling 360 inside/out, using the lip to 'help' you. This was still supposed to be surface.
7. Now inside out with maybe a little ollie to try it in the air. I had to speed the boat up a little here so the wake wasn't all wash.
8. Take it wake to wake.
My advice, don't skip to the next step until you are solid with the previous step. It will irk many to sit there and do these over and over, so try not to have a boatful when you are doing it, lest the peer pressure push you into 'Heck, I'll just go for it'.
2 key factors for me:
1. As you approach the wake, be in a seated position, and have a little bent over/butt point away from the boat. When you come wake, at the lip (I have terrible timing, so I do it early sometimes), straighten up and pull the handle in towards your hips (just like you did in the drill). Being bent over a tiny bit made this part easier for me.
2. There is so much to think about on this trick, that I needed to let the muscle memory from the drills control me, otherwise I was just thinking to much and not doing something. The only thought I had was 'grab the handle....grab the handle.' Once I did that, I landed, and I had the handle
Hope that explanation works for you, sorry about the length.