We know this doesn’t look like all that much, but it’s a ridiculously hard wakesurf trick. We’ll talk more about this wakesurf trick during the week, but for now, a quick overview. No in the ocean this is called a chop hop, but that name is already used for a different trick in competitive wakesurfing.
The wakesurf trick needs speed, so James runs to the top of the wake, so that he can pump down into the flats. The Flyboy Wakesurf Board is incredibly fast down-the-line, you can still pump the board if you want, it’s just that you’ll need lots of room if you do. Slower boards can be pumped significantly more than the Flyboy, as they don’t have that same level of acceleration.
The Supreme V226 that we surf behind has a transition that more closely resembles an ocean wave. Many of the boats that claim to be “great” have just awful wake shapes or no transition. The Supreme V226 is truly one of the greatest wakes available. It’s the no-excuses wake. You’ll never hear anyone say “oh we prefer steeper and no transition” or anything silly like that.
In this picture you can see James loading up the tail and beginning to wind up his body for the aerial 180
Nose up, starting the rotation and also pay attention to where the board is, that is out in the flats where most folks would toss a bottom turn, James Walker is loading the tail for an ollie.
In the air and the rotation mostly done.
James Walker flattening the board out for landing on the flats. We’ll talk more later about this “re-entry”
The trick is landed blind, and flat, but somewhat nose heavy
The rest is a surface 180 out and now for the video of the whole thing, it’s at the end.
That’s James Walker bringing you not only tricks above the lip like the surf style backside big spin, tricks on the face like 360′s and airs, but now tricks down the face out into the flats!