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Authors: World Wake Surfing Championship
Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf
We thought we’d share some video and pictures from over the weekend of James Walker wakesuring his Flyboy Wakesurf Board and performing a wakesurf trick we call the Ollie Indecision. It is an Ollie 180 entry and then a revert, switch frontside surface 180 out. The naming convention for wakesurf tricks is all messed up, because we have names fro tricks that never took into consideration that our riders would develop alternatives in and out of the tricks. So we have an alley oop, which is that ollie 180 in and continues into a backside surface 180 out. BUT when you stop the rotation and bring the frontside, it became some weirded-out name like:
Backside Ollie 180 to switch revert frontside surface 180. Lordy, no one is ever going to say that and from a judging standpoint, who can write all that down? Hence, the ollie indecision. The ollie differentiates it from a surface indecision.
As we stated the trick is an ollie entry and then at the 180 mark, James stops it and brings it back around in the opposite rotation. Stopping the rotation is ridiculously hard and then bringing the board back around frontside is even harder!
We’re skipping some of the individual frames, you can always double click on any of the pictures to be taken to the Flyboy Wakesurf Flickr Album or you can click on the link. Here James is landing back down on the lip where he’ll stp the rotation.
Board revert, James is pointed to blind and is stopping the rotation
It’s really hard to see in this picture, but James walker is wakesurfing his Flyboy Wakesurf board finless. All of the Twinzer fin pod is free of the wake and he is using the nose ONLY to guide the board back down the wake face. We’ve seen nose channels with the concept that they give more grip, but as you see with James, who is the pre-eminent stalling and revert rider, those nose channels aren’t needed and in fact, we’ve found them a hinderance for riding revert like this. Where is the water flow? What is the direct of travel of the board to stay with the boat? How would those channels work in this situation? They’d be diagonal to the board travel, wouldn’t they? The nose of James’ flyboy is specially shaped to give him the control he needs for just this sort of trick.
Skipping ahead you can see that James Walker and his Flyboy are at the bottom of the wake and he is changing the rotation, the next three shots are crucial.
The fins are engaging right here and once they do, it will bring the board around tremendously fast.
WHOA! It’s around in a flash and the nose shape prevented James from hanging in that frontside rotation. The pointed nose, prevents hanging up at the apex of that rotation, where as a broad nose tip would tend to drag and hang up. Also, the location of the rear fins are set so that the engage or release in such a manner that James is able to manage these revert stalls and backside to frontside rotations all within a single trick. As is, the shape of the rails up at the nose. And interestingly enough, that isn’t EPS foam!
…and the last picture in that sequence, James sighting his next trick.
Here is a short video of JUST that Ollie Indecision.
If you prefer to watch that wakesurf trick on your youtube console, or you’re joining us from a mobile device, you can use the link to take you to the video.
Thanks so much for following along, we appreciate it.