Above the lip airs are really limited. It’s regular or switch and then any other variation is strictly some form of embellishment, like a grab or a bone. The skim-based tricks are just as limited. It’s a shuv, frontside or backside with or without a body varial and possibly switch or regular. Maybe a variation is 180 or 3 but guess what? You can count the variations, they are definitely finite.
If you were to think about that as a job or investing, there’s a ceiling after you get to that limit there isn’t anything more unless you start stringing stuff together. Right? Airs will be regular with whatever grabs there are and then switch with those same grabs. The end. Basically two tricks with different hand positions. The shuv based has a few more options, but it’s the same dead-end. Backside and frontside shuvs, regular and switch. Four variations, throw in a 3 shuv, maybe you can get to 6 variations. Then you need to start doing stuff on the surface! Can we be REAL for a minute, we just are never going to get to 8 seconds of hang time wakesurfing, so that means riders have to do stuff on the surface. The powers that be were and are ridiculously short sighted. They started diminishing surface tricks as soon as they discovered they could manipulate results and at the same time, instilled the single biggest limiting factor in competitive wakesurfing.
When you starting breaking down the tricks, where there are basically only 2 air variations and realistically only 4 shuv variations, OF COURSE everyone is going to ride the same, there are only 6 tricks!!!! That’s not rocket science! Everyone is going to learn the same damn 6 tricks (at least in a surf style division). SURPRISE! What did you expect?!
So we wanted to share with you another tricks sequence, James didn’t quite land it, but you can clearly see what he was after. It’s this ridiculously slow standup no handed surface 3, into a shuv and then into a K3 to wind up switch. Sort of all backside rotations, but one regular and one switch. Here is that video
For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that crazy surface sequence, in case the embed above didn’t work.
So how many variations on surface tricks are there? Now lets be fair. Your never going to do two shuvs in the air. Where you go up and do a shuv and then mid air, shuv again. OR do an air and then in mid air, go even higher. They are basically, one trick, hit the surface and move on. THAT has been what the powers that be have done to severly limit surf style wakesurfing, they force everyone to do those same 6 tricks and devalue everything on the surface. And at the same time created one of the most boring sports to watch. Every single wakesurf competition scrambles to find stuff to do, because watching competitive wakesurfing was turned into a vast wasteland for viewers. It could be amazing to watch, but it doesn’t support the predetermined outcomes. Such a freaking mess. Anyway back to the question, surface rotations, when combined and extended down the wake length are really limitless. It turns a 93% NOTHING run into an almost 100% active run.
For the sake of the sport, just get out of the way and let the riders ride and be creative. Let the sport return to it’s glory days when it was amazing to watch and we saw different styles and all manner of new and innovative tricks. Stop manipulating valuations for the sake of predetermined outcomes.
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