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Old     (lksamm)      Join Date: Jun 2004       09-23-2010, 5:23 PM Reply   
I've been working on this trick since seeing Josh Slegh land it in a video like 4 years ago (main difference is, Josh does it 2 feet higher and with a method grab!) Regardless, I'm pretty stoked. Been able to land several since. Just thought I'd share my personal triumph.

Old     (surfdad)      Join Date: Sep 2004       09-23-2010, 5:58 PM Reply   
Old     (jdjjamesz)      Join Date: Mar 2008       09-23-2010, 6:03 PM Reply   
Old     (islander033)      Join Date: May 2008       09-23-2010, 7:43 PM Reply   
Old     (liljohn)      Join Date: May 2007       09-23-2010, 7:44 PM Reply   
Way to go Mark !
Old     (StanleyWheelhouse)      Join Date: May 2010       09-23-2010, 7:50 PM Reply   
It's dead because legendary surfer Mark Sher just killed it. Hopefully the fine citizens of lake Samm will return his face to him.
Old     (wofrankwo)      Join Date: Jul 2009       09-23-2010, 8:11 PM Reply   
thats really cool looking stuff mark!!

and thanks for sharing!
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       09-23-2010, 10:50 PM Reply   
Shazam! That's pretty cool Mark. You know, you actually look normal after you pull the varial. ;-)

Still can't believe you do all of that backside. You da man.
Old     (BlairJ)      Join Date: Jun 2010       09-24-2010, 7:36 AM Reply   
Very cool trick. Seeing it landed jogged my memory of the Sleigh clip you mentioned.
Old     (lksamm)      Join Date: Jun 2004       09-24-2010, 8:45 AM Reply   
Josh was sooooo far ahead of everyone. Watching him ride backside inspired me to do the same.
Old     (tonyv420)      Join Date: Jul 2007       09-24-2010, 9:29 AM Reply   
watching you ride backside inspired me! I can only dream of landing one of those. Tried sooo many times, and havent came close. But now that I have a vid to help, I'm hoping some day...............................................
Old     (lksamm)      Join Date: Jun 2004       09-24-2010, 9:58 AM Reply   
One of the keys is to spend A LOT of time riding switch. This way, when you do land it, you are comfortable on the board and can make any corrections.
Old     (timmyb)      Join Date: Apr 2007       09-24-2010, 10:22 AM Reply   
That was awesome! Congrats!
Old     (tuneman)      Join Date: Mar 2002       09-24-2010, 12:59 PM Reply   
Very nice, Mark!
Old     (hawaj)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-25-2010, 8:38 PM Reply   
Great Mark! Do you have link to that Josh Sleigh video?
Old     (lksamm)      Join Date: Jun 2004       09-27-2010, 9:58 AM Reply   
This isn't the vid I was thinking of, but it has some great footage of Josh and he does the varial several times
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       09-27-2010, 10:32 AM Reply   
Dude, towards the end, on that big ol board, he does a shuvit, then 180 to switch, that was cool. Embedded for convenience. And then pretty much pulls off an air 360, backside, damn.

Last edited by ragboy; 09-27-2010 at 10:34 AM.
Old     (lksamm)      Join Date: Jun 2004       09-27-2010, 1:39 PM Reply   
Did you notice that he was wearing shoes on the arial 3? He had velcro on the board and the shoes grip it. That's how the board stayed with him.
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       09-27-2010, 2:44 PM Reply   
I didn't notice, but I went back and watched. That makes sense, with that big old board, I was AMAZED how well he pulled it around. I have seen that trick attempted by James and Chase, and it is about my favorite to see, its amazing. Chase attempted it at the NWOpen but it was more of a air reverse, that he rotated farther. I am sure Chase has done even better, but so far, the best one I have seen was by James, in this video:

Go to 11:40. James go up and pretty much goes up and lands back on the wave without having to rotate after on the surface. I can't wait to see them performing that completely in the air.

I know that James uses very soft astrodeck traction, and then on top of that, he waxes his traction thoroughly. He needs a ton of traction to pull that stuff off.

Anyway, great stuff. Too funny, booties and velcro. Will the new IS flyboy come with velcro traction and a special set of booties? ;-)
Old     (surfdad)      Join Date: Sep 2004       09-27-2010, 3:19 PM Reply   
That was the Shawk Board Gear system. I don't know if those folks are still around. They were out of Santa Cruz, as I remember. Watching all those old vids of Josh and he's still amazing!
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       09-27-2010, 3:27 PM Reply   
Yeah, no kidding. Out of curiousity Jeff, what kind of Wax does james use, we keep warm/tropical sticky bumps on the boat, but I was just curious if he found one that worked best on traction.
Old     (surfdad)      Join Date: Sep 2004       09-27-2010, 3:42 PM Reply   
We have Sharkbait surfwax on the boat, I believe Tropical, and Cold and James used Bubble Gum, surf wax - Tropical back in Minnesota for the WWSC. I'm not sure that he has a stated preference. I believe the Sharkbait is the most used, however.
Old     (duramat)      Join Date: Feb 2008       09-27-2010, 9:38 PM Reply   
Mark, THATS AWESOME. I cant tell ya how easy you make your HS action look. I watch your vids to see how your doing it, someday I hope to be as good as you

Is that on a Swallow or Sweet?
Old     (lksamm)      Join Date: Jun 2004       09-28-2010, 9:12 AM Reply   
Hey Matt, thanks for the props! I'm riding the carbon Sweet Spot. It's been a great board for me for 2 years.
Old     (smedman)      Join Date: Feb 2006       09-30-2010, 7:44 AM Reply   
Nice vid Mark, very smooth! Congrats!!
Old     (notsobueno)      Join Date: Dec 2004       09-30-2010, 9:16 PM Reply   
Very nicely done. Congrats Mark.


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