We know, crazy name! We’re sitting in this huge void when it comes to naming conventions. There aren’t any and well-meaning folks attempt to borrow names from other sports that don’t really always apply to wakesurfing and then there are others that try to broker deals in the “best interests” of the sport that are fully intended to diminish certain tricks or classes of tricks. No doubt all sports go through this phase until it is wrestled away from the vested interest folks and put into the hands of a larger more objective group.
Until that time, welcome to the awkwardly named Standup, no-handed 360 tutorial! As you know, most 360′s are initiated with a hand drag. If you are on a skimmer, no doubt you squat way down to initiate a 360. Most surf style riders also bend way over, because of the hand drag. This trick has none of those attributes, it’s done standing up and without using a hand to initiate it. Sort of a variation on a 360, like an ollie 3. Maybe one day we’ll come up with a catchy name like a power 3 or something, or better yet some unbiased objective oversight body will create a process that allows these variations to be adequately named! Until that time…you know, that power 3 sounds kinda catchy, lets use that for the balance of the tutorial. Sound ok?
Man that was a bunch of lead in! Lets jump to the video, so that you can see it. Here is James Walker doing that Power 3 on his Flyboy.
For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to James Walker landing that Power 3, if the embed above doesn’t work for you.
We’ve also created a Flyboy Flickr album that captures the sequence shots for the Power 3. As you’re learning this trick, those sequence shots will serve as an excellent reference.
This trick will be a great addition to your bag of tricks! You’ll want to have you regular hand drag 360 pretty much dialed and while it can be helpful to have your ollie 3 wired, also, this trick can help you bridge the gap between your standard hand dragged 360 and an ollie 3. It almost looks like a failed ollie 3, but of course it’s intended to be done this way. In short, you are going to coming into the trick with more power and speed, like you are trying to ollie off the lip, but just not enough to actually do the ollie! So you’ll sort of go into it with more speed and power than you want!
Here is the first real differentiation on the trick. Nose high, like you want to load up for the ollie. Lift your front leg, again like an ollie and keep that back leg straight. You’re going to be revolving around the tail of the board rather than have it follow you through the rotation.
We’re going to show the next two picture together, as they give the best representation. It’s a weak ollie 3, where the board doesn’t leave the water.
Right? Sort of a failed ollie 3! It’s really not, but you get the idea, it has all of the same steps and motions, but more subduded so that the board doesn’t leave the surface of the water. You want spin just like an ollie 3, but without freeing the fins to spin the board in the air. If you are having trouble bringing the nose of the board around, because your tail feels locked down, especially if you are on a quad, yank the trailers out and try it like that. The Flyboy with it’s twinzer’ish fin pod doesn’t suffer from that malady.
James is just ridiculously stylish in the execution of his tricks and there is no “style” component in wakesurf scoring. You would think that style could be an individual scoring component, we obviously know it when we see it and when there is literally no way to differentiate tricks, but the push is to no names or only the chosen few get to name tricks, it just becomes this convoluted mess. Anyway, if you are competing, make sure you give the judges hell of they don’t recognize your individual style, if they try forcing you to ride like everyone else into a sort of generic skim run.
Where were we?!
Oh! Bringing the board around, James works the return very slowing, matching the exit with the entrance in terms of speed of the revolution. Don’t let the fins grab and throw you around, nice and slow, but also steady so that the entire revolution is balanced.
So there you have it. Same entry as a really mild ollie 3, faster and more powerful than your standard hand dragged surface 360. It’s best if you have your ollie 3 pretty much wired, but if you are struggling there, for the time being, try this trick, the Power 3, first and THEN move on to your ollie 3.
Good luck and thanks for following along! We really appreciate it.