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Surface Turns

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1. How Do I Do a Back to Front?
2. What is the Clock Theory of Turns?

3. What equipment do I need?
4. Is there any way to practice before getting on the water
5 . Should I wear Puppy Paws?

6 . How Do I Do a Front to Back?

1. How Do I Do a Back to Front?

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The first thing to do here is your homework! It starts with making sure your Posture and Glide and Power Band are awesome. Next, you will need to review the concepts of “The Quite Upper Body.” You can see these by going to http://www.thefootersedge.com/traumacenter.htm and looking at NFTE #15, #6.

I am quite sure this will need much work, but for the purpose of answering your question, I will assume that you have mastered the above concepts (this is a big assumption!)

If you are experiencing the same problem as Mark has described, I will offer three solutions.

#1 Much dry-land practice followed by at least 200 Puppy Paws (shoe-skis) turns done with exacting form.

#2 Correct Handle Position

#3 Learn my Clock Theory of Surface Turns!

The first idea is as easy as it sounds and I do not care if you are on trick skis or shoe skis but I want hundreds of perfectly performed turns so that your muscle memory is solid. A big mistake is to try this turn on your feet so many times incorrectly that you get in a rut. I like to follow the simple guideline of NEVER REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKE # TIMES IN A ROW!!!

This means you must change it up in whatever way you can to keep from practicing the incorrect form until you perfect the incorrect form. This is a HUGE lesson for barefooters of all levels. Do not allow yourself to get in a rut…why? Because I believe that “if you are going to be stupid, then you better be tough.” The problem is that being tough can lead to permanent problems with lots of incorrect muscle memory.

The second tip is to adjust from a normal back skiing handle position to the surface turn handle position. Whenever doing any surface turn, keep the handle closer to your body. Most people try to do this with arm strength only, but to do this properly you must keep your shoulders rolled back into perfect POSTURE!

The surface turn handle position for this turn is to have the handle touching the bottom of where your belt would be if you were wearing one. This will make you look a little chicken winged, but it is the only way I know to keep good upper body form during the turn.

Realize this, that the worse your starting position is, the more difficult it is to maintain this position throughout the turn. If your current position requires a lot of strength or excursion, then your chances of success are not good. Further more, you could get an ouwy or a boo-boo!

This leads me to my favorite example for surface turns… The Clock Approach. You deserve to have this unfair advantage in your skiing!

I actually found that I have covered this in NFTE #21, but I will repeat it here again so that you do not have to go get it.

Lane “Dawg” Bowers’ Clock Theory of Turns:

Pretend that while in the backwards position, you are standing on the face of a clock with your feet at the center and your chin directly over the 12! While performing the back to front, the most common mistake is to let your head circle around the clock from 12 to 1 to 2 to 3 or in the other direction in the same manner. Contrarily, turn so that your head never leaves the 12 position throughout the entire turn so that as you get to the front, the back of your head is over the twelve position. If you can accomplish this you will have turned with your hips and kept your upper body quiet! Does that make sense?

I want to ad just one more piece of advice. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SIT LOWER AS YOU COME TO THE FRONT! I find that many people try to protect themselves from “going out the front” bay sitting down. This is a FEAR mechanism. You brain is unbelievably smart and it is telling you to do this because it knows something I feels wrong. Most brains do this because of poor training habits as I explained in the first part of the article.

If you allow yourself to take enough falls, your mind will try to talk you out of this repeated beating by going on defense. You can get your brain to reset its thinking by treating your body to some SMART SKIING where you experience the fun of not falling!

Falling is bad! But if you do fall, use it as a learning tool. I love what Henry Ford had to say about this, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

I would like to ad my own quote!

“You can control the quality of your skiing by controlling the quality of the thoughts that occupy your mind while skiing.”

-Lane Dawgumus Maximus

 

 Let me know how you do!! Email me your success stories!


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2. What is the Clock Theory of Turns?

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Lane “Dawg” Bowers’ Clock Theory of Turns:

Pretend that while in the backwards position, you are standing on the face of a clock with your feet at the center and your chin directly over the 12! While performing the back to front, the most common mistake is to let your head circle around the clock from 12 to 1 to 2 to 3 or in the other direction in the same manner. Contrarily, turn so that your head never leaves the 12 position throughout the entire turn so that as you get to the front, the back of your head is over the twelve position. If you can accomplish this you will have turned with your hips and kept your upper body quiet! Does that make sense?


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3. What equipment do I need?

I believe that the very basics for barefooting are as follows;

I would use a front trick handle (Front-Toe Handle - B219) for all surface turns;

#1 The best barefoot wetsuit you can afford. I believe the best wetsuit on the market is Barefoot International's Iron Man wetsuit. I personally wear this suit and guarantee it to be at least 30% more protection than any other suit. It is an enormous advantage. You can see these suits and receive the best pricing anywhere along with free shipping by clicking here!

#2 I also believe that you MUST use padded shorts and that the best shorts out there are the Iron Man shorts. I unconditionally guarantee these shorts to be the best shorts of any kind in bare foot water skiing.

I highly recommend getting the best boom on the market since this also is a major safety issue. The Barefoot International boom and Fligh High extended pylon are the best out there. I also guarantee these to be the best out there.

Although I do not normally start barefooters out on shoe skis, it is critical to learning the more advanced tricks and are an absolute must for the serious barefooter. The Dawg Paws are the best shoe skis on the planet and I also have a less expensive shoe ski which you can see by visiting our Pro Shop.

If you have specific questions about any equipment, please submit them on the form below and I will post the answers here!

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4. Is there any way to practice before getting on the water?

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Master the form on dry land by studying the videos available to you as a member of my Virtual Ski School. Also Study my 2 hour instructional video.

Make sure you master the form on dry land, then master the form on Puppy Paws, and you will own it on your feet!

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5. Should I Wear Puppy Paws?

There is no substitute when you are learning back to fronts and front to backs. Join those who have already gotten an unfair advantage! Get your own pair of Puppy Paws now!


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6.
How Do I Do a Front to Back?

If you are serious about making this trick, go no further until you have the the following critical gear;

#1 Puppy Paws

#2 My Two-hour Instructional Video

#3 A Membership into my Virtual Ski School where I cover this trick extensively!

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Here we go. I have been flooded with requests for surface turns articles. I have decided to answer the call and purposely placed this one after my Ultra Mega Glide article from #14. You are about to enter the world that separates great barefooters from good barefooters. It is by far the greatest challenge in barefooting that you will have to conquer and I am 100% certain that I can help you to achieve your own personal greatness along with some miracles!

There are three principles that are critical to your success in the surface turn world. 

They are

#1 Posture and Glide , and the POWER BAND-I have covered this extensively

#2 Rhythm

#3 QUIET UPPER BODY

Although I am quite certain that you will gloss over #1, it is quintessential! I will not say any more except that you should use video analysis ad nauseam to see that you maintain position throughout the entire set-up!!!!!!! (see the front to back on our 2 hour instructional video)

Rhythm is the next critical element to a great set-up. By the way, any great trick requires a separate practice-fest of the correct set-up before unleashing the hounds!! Keep the Big Dawgs on the porch with some MAJOR dry land practice until you have mastered this set-up.

Rhythm is critical to building the momentum needed to create the right amount of energy to have a great surface turn. [I will be focusing this article on the front-to-back 180 turn as that is where the most requests have been. The back to front is identical except there is no Rhythm for the set-up.]

The FIRST key to a great Rhythm is to create a smooth and continuous movement that is in no way "jerky"! It should never hesitate at either the bottom or the top of the down and up motion. It should be at a speed that is energetic, but not spastic. If it is too slow, it is useless for creating the right energy. It should be explosive to the point that does not deteriorate your Posture and Glide and POWER BAND.

The SECOND key to a great Rhythm is to limit it's lower and upper limits. While dry land practicing, have someone watch the bottom edge of your butt while you set your limits! The key to making this turn great is to get a great Rhythm without deteriorating your position WITHIN your correct limits. The limits are from the top of your calf (UPPER LIMIT) to the bottom of your calf (BOTTOM LIMIT). This will take tremendous practice and video analysis to perfect. Once you have perfected this on dry land you will be ready add the final element....

The THIRD and ultra critical element is the beauty of a QUIET UPPER BODY! What does this mean? It means simply that your upper body remains free from any forward or backwards motion, and it also means that once you have locked in your Posture and Glide and POWER BAND, that your upper body is removed from creating any initial motion towards the back. The greatest help to you will be the understanding that in ALL turns, "the upper body never turns before your lower body!" This is simply the biggest problem (after position) that I see in beginners and 'experts' in their turns. It is just natural to try to move your upper body first to the back position. It is also easier to think that if you could just get around backwards quickly that you could correct the "other" problems later. WRONG! Moving your upper body first equals massive pain. You can believe me now or call me with your own personal story of injury later.

I could go on forever here, but I gotta get ready to get a set in before a catch a plane to my next traveling clinic-traveling from one small town to the next to solve the worlds problems with some motivation and Posture, Glide, and THE POWER BAND!

Start in the position that I have worked so hard to get you to understand. The only difference is that in the "SURFACE TURN MODE" you need to keep your elbows closer to your body AT ALL TIMES! Without going above or below the LIMITS I prescribed, create a smooth and powerful RHYTHM, and then when your release your hand from the handle make sure your hips are the FIRST thing to move and that they lead the turn.

Tips: #1 keep your eyes forward and up while your hips begin turning.

#2 Use Dawg Paws

#3 Ski about 10% below your one-foot speed.

#4 Use video analysis

#5 buy the best Instructional video in the WORLD

Let me know how you do and do your homework!

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