James Walker developed a new variation on his surf style backside switch revert 5 and his ollie 7. James Walker developed those original wakesurf trick by using his hand to aid the second rotations. In fact many surf style riders must drag a hand to complete their surface 360′s. You may have seen James do these wakesurf trick before, always dragging a hand to initiate the second rotation in the 7 or the 540. Many skim style riders can spin almost limitlessly by using their hand as they come around with each new rotation. What James is doing here, is using his body, and the unique shape of the tail of his Flyboy Wakesurf board, and of course his remarkable skill, James can float the tail around while simultaneously forcing the nose around in the opposite direction. The key to this trick is that transition into floating the tail and throwing the nose.
This is the end of the ollie 3, going into the no-handed standup part of the 720
Now this is the transition into the second 360 of the 720.
It may not look like much, but it’s a huge achievement. Rotations beyond 3 without the aid of a hand drag are almost unheard of, but NO ONE but James Walker and his Flyboy Wakesurf board are doing them without dragging a hand on a surf style board.
This is a slideshow of all of the sequence shots, it’s not the best format, but it will show the transition from the ollie 3 into the no handed standup 7.
We’ll also show you this unedited video clip, the no-handed, standup 720 starts about at about 35 seconds in. You’ll see James going into the ollie 720, then he floats the tail and throws the nose around.
We’ll post up a similar article about the air 180 to a no-handed stand up 540 out.
Thanks so much for following along!