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Hmmm, I think that last quote might be me (Lane “Dawg” Bowers)
“If you know how to lose, you certainly can learn how to win.”
Great to hear back from you so soon. I don’t know if you remember me or not but I met you down at Pat’s house when you were doing the clinic before the dam to dam. You gave me a few free tips out on the porch about footin in reverse. Man did they ever help! I really enjoyed your interview that you did With Andrea for the ABSC newsletter.
Help topics: Back 1 foots. I am hitting the start every time on the boom on my feet and about 50% on the long rope on my feet. I can see the horizon clearly now, good glide? But maybe the posture is a little off. Got some knee bend, ankles over the toes, arched back, arms fully extended, eyes on the horizon, but I don’t feel comfortable enough to shift the weight to the supporting leg. Feels like I’m gonna end up on my head. What gives?
Thanx for all the help so far! Take care, Jay”
Well there my barefootin buddy, the good doctor is in! You need not look any further!
The first thing to check is that you are properly utilizing the POWER BAND so that the pull is coming from your hips and not your shoulders. The I will show you how to add RESISTANCE! Yes, that’s right! Resistance is good when it comes from a good position!
I have already written about the POWER BAND, so I will just say that you should make sure that you are able to hold a handle in between you gut and your hip bone by squeezing you mid section and maintaining you Posture and Glide!
The next thing to do to learn the back one foot is to separate the “set-up” from the “pick-up!” Never try to just pick-up or “Hail Mary” the foot into the air while praying for it to stay up there. While maintaining your good position at a comfortable back speed, lean away a little harder so that you butt is closer to being over your toes than it is to being over your heel. The key to this is to not deteriorate your good glide, posture, and POWER BAND ! You are simply leaning away without lowering your head or eye sight. You should not have to strain any more than you perfect back position to do this.
The idea is to not let your butt drift over your heel (i.e. decreasing resistance) while practicing your “set-up!” The reason that Jay does not feel comfortable enough to move his handle into the “set-up” position, is that he is dangerously light (i.e. not enough resistance) and his brain is right in warning him that he is about to see more stars than horizon if he moves too much. The solution, $firstname, is to get some RIGHTEOUS RESISTANCE!
After you have added some RIGHTEOUS RESISTANCE, start moving your handle over to the side of your body by putting one hand into the crack of your butt, and while moving the other lower towards the water into your gun holster (the same way we do in tumble turns-see The Footers Edge instructional video ) The importance of moving the handle is to get your hips, shoulders and handle to move in parallel planes!
If you are doing this correctly, your head is looking down the “V” coming off the foot you are trying to stand on, you feel stable because you have learned RIGHTEOUS RESISTANCE, and your foot that you are going to pick-up in the “pick-up” phase is very light. If it is not “begging” to come out of the water, try squeezing your thighs so that your feet are less than a foot apart, and your free foot is moving towards the boom while staying on the water.
Once you feel this, practice riding in this position in complete control for several passes until “YOU OWN” the “set-up” position. If you have restrained yourself from the dreaded “Hail Mary” attempt and perfected this position, it is now time for the “pick-up!”
Practice holding this position while having the boat driver speed up enough that your foot on the water can easily be picked up by simply lifting from the hip and knee! The boat speed will probably have to come up about 3-5 mph from your previous speed. If you feel unstable, increase your concentration on a good “set-up” at a slower speed and work back up when your feel comfortable!
Tips: #1 Use a 2 foot extension on your handle if it does not put you into the chine spray. #2 Keep the boom higher than your head when in a good skiing position.
#3 Have the driver ease into your increased speed as you get closer to a good set-up position. Never go directly to the speed if you have not mastered RIGHTEOUS RESISTANCE!
#4 Use Puppy Paws first until you are proficient on them!
#5 Dry land practice rules!
#6 Video analysis
Well there, it is time for me to spend some quality time with my family! I hope I have helped you just a little bit toward getting you your own personal miracle!!!
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