We want to bring you the next in our series of tutorials. This trick is what we call the Korina 3. It’s a switch backside surface 360, made popular by the European professional wakesurfer Korina Smyrek. Korina rides for The Walker Project. We’ve been fortunate enough to have Korina out on our boat to practice prior to a WWSC event in years past.
This is a great surface rotation trick that you can do when you get up switch, or after you’ve done a body varial. You’ll want to be proficient at both your regular surface 3 and riding switch. This little clip is a few weeks old, and showcases just this single trick the Korina 3.
For our mobile enabled friends here is a link to James Walker doing the Korina 3, if the embed above didn’t work for you.
Got that whole trick in your head? You may need to go back and refer to it a few times while you work on it. We’ve also created a Flyboy Flickr album of sequence shots for this trick, the Korina 3.
Ok, so lets start with a brief description and then work our way through the steps. We may wind up having to split this into two posts, it’s a little tricky, but we’ll do our best!
You’re going to want to enter this trick with a little speed. Not too much, but enough that you can sort of get the fins to fail going into the trick, but not so much that you to spin out. You’ll be sliding the entry into the K3, but then you want the fins to re-engage immediately after. You’ll note the water flow coming off the board as it rises to the top of the wake. The path that James creates is starting from the back and then carving up the wake. As we know, the flow of water on the wake is UP and never forward, you can clearly see the path and the pattern of the flow of water. IF it were forward, that path would be obstructed, luckily for us, that isn’t the case.
The trick is properly done without dragging a hand. It’s preferable that you don’t because of the body positioning. It’s easy to get out of balance over your butt, when attempting to drag your hand. What James is doing, is loading the board on it’s tail for the spin. Take careful note of James’ rear leg, as it’s starting to bend to allow the board to ride up the face of the wake.
In this next picture, you see that James has started this turn up the wake face. The fins are failing just a touch, allowing the nose of the board to slide around. Take note of James front foot position, he’s got it right at the top of the spine, very similar to the surface 360 that we talked about in prior posts.
After the turn and the slide have been initiated, you want to stop it just as quickly! One of the keys to this trick is not pushing too hard. You don’t want to spin wildly out of control, just enough to get the nose around. That will take some practice, don’t give up when you are starting to learn it. If you don’t get this rotation started, PUSH harder. If you seem to lose balance and fall backwards, you’re probably pushing too hard, back off the effort just slightly. Take note of which way you fall so that you can adjust your effort here.
Once you have the nose in the wake, the rising flow of the water will keep you up as the board is being buoyed by the lifting forces. You’ll want to angle the leading edge slightly down, as you’re actually surfing sort of diagonally. Also, very VERY gently slide the tail of the board out away from the wake, so that the fins are free.
With the fins free, slide down the wake to build speed. The only way that we can gain speed is by taking advantage of FALLING down the face of the wake, make sure you don’t rely on the push gobble-dee-gook. Position the board at the top of the wake and then use that to slide down and forward to gain speed for the next aspect of the trick.
Drive forward, as best you can and re-engage the fins in the face of the wake, while turning up the face. This part is hard also, the board will be fighting you and wanting to turn out and away, you need to force the inside rail fin into the wake so that it grabs and make sure it’s at an angle so that it will continue to spin around backwards. Again, push isn’t an issue to worry about, or you’d never be able to pull this part of the trick off. Once you engage the fin, it will start the spin, backside out of this trick.
All of the forces working on you and your board at this point are coming from below the board holding you up. If you are sinking as you come around, try stuffing more of the tail of the board into the wake. Your forward momentum will be cut way down and so you’ll need as much of the wake as possible to keep you sort of hydroplaning. You’ll need WAY more of your board in the wake than when you are in trim or driving forward. All of the power from the wake is coming off the rising of the water. Just keep thinking of that wake face as going straight up and you want to harness as much of it as possible. If you lose the wake or sink, at this point, stuff more of the tail into the wake.
If you are sort of skipping over the wake across onto the table, you may have the correct amount of the board stuffed into the wake, but need to lean a little more towards the nose of the board. Take note of the orientation of the board downward, James is balancing the lift and forces of gravity to start the board headed down the face of the wake.
Once you’re engaged and have the board positioned, bring your head around! Start looking for the boat. If you are somewhat out of position, start pumping forward towards the boat! This brings up one point, we’ve mention being proficient at riding switch, that would include being able to pump! If you haven’t really practiced that, now would be a good time to get it mastered.
Continue to bring the board around, like you are turning up the wake, not too much, you just want to bring the board back around. Lean forward, down the face of the wake and head for the transom!
And finally bring the board back in line and down the wake face.
This is an amazing trick, really hard and it’s a great way to extend your surface rotational tricks. The current emphasis, for surf style, in competitive wakesurfing is on shuv based tricks and add a body varial to it, but that begs the question of using the entire surface of the wake. You see James running the entire length of the pocket and working it from top to bottom. It’s ridiculously hard to work the wake fully like this, but current judging doesn’t recognize anything but shuvs and body varials. For your personal enjoyment, ignore that crazy agenda and work the wake fully. The ability to finese your rotations so that you use every single square inch of wake will add just tons more tricks to your arsenal, plus give you lots more creative license than one of the four shuv variations. You can also extend this trick, something that the simplistic shuv variations don’t allow with an additional K3, or bring it around again into the first half of the K3 to be riding revert and shuv out.
The only way to effectively extend any trick is with some form of surface rotation, so ride your way, ignore myopic judging practices and obvious agendas and work your surface rotation magic!
Thanks so much for following along, be sure to study the video and then the individual sequence shots, plus take some mental notes if you don’t hit this trick immediately. Think about how you fell and where and then compare your body positioning and position on the wake and you’ll be successful!