Frontside wave sequence - Nose ride and stall, back pedal, kickout.
Approach to the nose
Approach to the nose
As he gets closer to the nose the weight must drop back so the board stays balanced and doesn't tip forward. The overall motion is like sitting down while your feet move forward out from under you.
He takes an uncrossing step with his left foot and places it on the nose, slightly to the left. He lowers his weight straight down.
The next step with the right foot is a half shuffle, bringing him onto the very tip. The feet and knees are pressed tightly together. The board will feel loose, like it does with the tail weighted, but the feeling is different with nose weighting, with all the weight and length of the board and wheels behind the tip rider. The weight is kept back to keep from nose wheelie-ing or tail swinging.
The stall at the nose used here is similar to the cross stance drag earlier. It's a little different in stance. The feet are close together because the nose is narrower than the middle. Most of the weight is carried on the left leg, making this somewhat of a cross hang five. Dragging with the left foot feels more like a regular hang five.
The arms are held wide here to balance the one legged stance at the tip.
The possibility of chatter and grabbing is greater at the nose, so the foot is turned out quite a bit. The more the sole faces forward, the cleaner the drag and the more area of "shoe leather" that can be used as a brake.
The skater backpedals off the nose, and back onto the tail. Shown here is the last backpedal cross step before the tail stance is reached.
The skater reaches the tail stance. The stance is pretty narrow, less than shoulder width, making it easy to swing the board a full 180. He turns a bit to backside to open up a little space to kick out into.
The shoulders are rotated counter clockwise to wind up the kickout. The right arm is reached leftward across the body. The knees are bent. The head stays facing right a bit. These motions are the coiling setup to the kickout. Uncoiling will swing the heavy board around and back uphill.
The weight is shifted all at once to the back foot, which is on the tip of the tail, or hanging off. The shoulders unwind rapidly and firmly and initiate the kickout. The nose lifts up in a wheelie and swings around. The tail doesn't exactly pivot, but moves around in a small half circle. This kickout actually rotated quite slowly. When the wheelie is balanced, a slow, smooth kickout is possible.
The kickout is finished by centering the weight over the board. There is some "checking," or counter rotation. In other words, the skater's shoulders rotate in the opposite direction of the turn an eighth turn or so. This helps push the board the last bit as well as keeping control of the rotation.
You can think of this check as the beginning of a linked turn that never happens. The motion is the same as linking a frontside and backside turn, it just stops after one turn. In surfing, it's how you get your body back over the board after you've swung it out of the wave.
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