It worked last year

For this month’s trick tip, we’ll continue the pattern we’ve been going with in which you learn tricks on both sides of the wake evenly. This creates a balance to your riding and makes tricks flow much more smoothly.

Last month, we discussed the heelside one-wake 180. We will use this trick to flow right into the next, which will be a switch heelside 180, or what we call a “halfcab.”

This trick is a little more difficult to set up because you are starting off on your switch foot, which can make things feel really awkward, but the upside to this trick is that the landing is super-easy because you are landing with your normal foot in front.

To start off, you’ll need to rotate to your switch foot. To do this, you can get up switch; do a surface 180; or do the heelside 180 we discussed previously. The heelside 180 is what I recommend. Now once you’re on your switch foot, you’ll edge outside the wake on the side where your heels are facing the wake. You will want to go out about 10 feet and then slowly start to shift your weight back onto your heels. You’ll want to increase your speed all the way into the wake by leaning back on your heels. You’ll stay on your edge all the way up the wake, and when you get to the top, you’ll stand tall and push off the wake, making sure not to jump off it and pull your knees toward you.

It is very important that you do not start the 180 until you are all the way off the wake and in the air; then the turn will come naturally. To land, all you will need to do is push your chest down, keeping your weight over your toes.