Strapless jumps

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Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:43 am

Help me out here! I've been trying to nail these since last year and never really got anywhere.

I understand that I need allow my knees to bend so that they board gets closer to me, then reach down and grab the board as you get the air. Either I'm inflexible or just lack the skill but I can't grab it. Most of the time I'm up in the air and the board is falling back down to the water and I'm looking like a bit of a tit. Or I bend my knees too early and don't get any air.

I thought that you should use the windspeed to help keep the board pressed against your feet as you reach down, but this doesn't seem to be happening.

Can anyone break it down into steps?

Is the board I'm using not right? A 6'1" naish CR that's got big rounded rails - even with lots of wax it's not easy to grab.

Anyone doing these successfully? I don't see any other strapless riders at my spots so there's noone to copy or bounce ideas off.

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Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:29 pm

Off of waves or flat?

off of waves (downwind or cross downwind) is as simple as go fast - bend kness and grab board!

off of flat - I've noo idea, although I did try to do backrolls for a while - didn't really work out, except to give others a chuckle :wink:

Looking forward to the better replies

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Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:41 pm

thanks luke.

have been trying them off waves. i guess i just need to practice more. i've been a bit cagey at doing them at speed but guess i just need to go for it more.

tried doing some popped ollies off flat but wasn't able to get much more than a few inches air.
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Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:33 pm

i generaly dont try and grab the board, rather get the wind to keep it on my feet, the one thing is that you need to carve really hard up teh wave, bit of chop to get the board pointing into the wind so that it keeps it stuck, and then really aggesively scisor your legs to get the board pointing in the right direction as you are coming into land, the higher you go the longer you need to delay the redirection of the board.
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Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:51 am

I agree with James on this one. Strapless airs are easiest to achieve if you firstly learn it without thinking about or attempting the grab. The technique for flat water and chop/waves is pretty much the same in as much as you need to carve into the wind hard and pop an ollie, then rely upon the wind to keep the board stuck to your feet, redirecting when you come in to land. The only difference with waves/chop is that you need less pop due to the natural ramp that you have.

If it helps here's a shot of me popping for takeoff on a flat one... ... -h/118.jpg
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Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:49 am

Edge and go off the lip of the wave, turn the board upwind so the wind holds it...knees must be bend!
Slowly slowly when you are descending turn the board and land a bit downwind!
Try variation of this with grab, turning the board side ways to the wind, jumping straight but not high (as the wind will catch your board)

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Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:59 am

Just a pic i got the other day!

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Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:02 pm

Hi guys! Personaly, I find that grabbing makes life easier, especially if you go any higher than say a metre. The thing is, the board gets in the right position for a grab anyway if you do the right thing for your jump, that is pretty much all of the above, carve into wind and release just like for the normal pop of any jump, then bend your knees as the boad comes up, let the wind push the underside of the board onto your feet. A good easy way of trying the first ones would be on an onshore day, carve and release onto small waves riding backside, so you get the ramp but not too much of it and the wind pushing the board back into the wave. Start small and get bigger!
Oh, and the best board I have ever tried for tricking: underground KIPUNA.
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