Walk-the-dog

  WALK-THE-DOG

Walk-the-dog
Walk and backwards tail kick turn

 

Walk-the-dog

From the landing of the nose 180, the skater pivots and steps into a switch stance. He cross steps switch stance up to the nose.

The skater plants his foot on the nose which is actually the tail. In fakey stance, he is ready to execute another nose kick turn.

This turn goes frontside this time. He bends low and torques the board around while wheelie-ing.

He lands the kick turn in a regular stance at the tail and keeps rolling down the hill.

 

Walk and backwards tail kick turn

This trick continues the nose 180. At this point you are going downhill tail first and you need a way of getting the nose pointed in the right direction. The walk-the-dog is the way to do that. It's a walk to the tail and 180 turn. The old school walk-the-dog was done with no cross steps or one step in between. This has three steps, only they're done switch stance!

After the nose 180 the skater is once again in regular stance, but he changes to switch. He does this by turning his front foot out so it points to the left, then taking a step and placing it forward turned in (to the left), rotating him a half spinner into switch stance. This is not fakey. It's the hard way. You have to learn to cross step switch. But it sets up the next 180 with the pivot foot at the nose.

Now in switch stance or fakey, he cross steps up two steps to the tail, which is temporarily the nose. He walks with his feet turned to the left.

On the last step, his right foot is on the tail, his left foot back a bit. The switch footwork puts his pivot foot on the nose (tail).

Of course you could walk up regular foot and pivot at the nose again, but this is a nice challenge and smooth. He is ready for the next nose kick turn. This one is easier, since not only is his front foot his normal pivot foot, but it's on the tail instead of the nose.

This turn is a frontside 180 tail first kickturn. It's like a kickturn but since you're moving downhill the turn doesn't carve, it just pivots a hard 180 and so has to come around without a hitch. It would resemble a fin first cutback in surfing.

He weights his front foot, bends low, and winds up his shoulders counterclockwise.

He throws his shoulders frontside, clockwise into the turn, and swings the board down the hill. When he lands it he is pointing down the hill and on the tail in a normal stance.

The landing of a 180 kickturn while moving in a straight line produces a hard impact which must be caught with the knees bent. You can see his upper body lean over from the recoil. His shoulders check counterclockwise to balance and stop the rotation.

 

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