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A heelside wake to wake jump can be intimidating to beginning wakeskaters and to those who are used to doing it with the board connected to them. Actually, it is not much harder to get air on a wakeskate than it is on a wakeboard. It just requires more concentration and a better execution of proper technique. Once you learn how to edge into the wake correctly and have control while you are in the air, the possibilities of what can be performed in the air are endless. If you have not yet learned how to edge progressively into the wake, we suggest that you check out this trick tip on progressive edging before reading about this trick. Although the progressive edge trick tip shows a wakeboarder, the same concepts will still apply.
Before jumping wake to wake on your wakeskate, you should be able to do the following things:
1. Ride and be able to edge and carve well.
2. Be comfortable crossing the wakes at normal riding speed.
3. Be able to ollie.
Performing the trick
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To set up for a heelside wake to wake jump, cut out about 10 to 15 feet into the flats on your heelside. Get flat for a second as you catch up to the boat while it begins to pull you back towards the wake. Stay squatted and keep your center of gravity low and your weight towards your heels almost as if you are sitting in a chair.
Increase your edge gradually as you approach the wake so that your maximum edge and line tension are when you are leaving the top of the wake. As you start to ride up the wake, put more weight towards your back foot to make sure the nose of the board doesn't catch the wake. This will also give you more of an ollie feel as you lift off of the wake.
As you get to the top of the wake, start to stand up so the wake isn't absorbed by your knees. This will give you maximum pop off of the top of the wake. Timing is import here because as the board starts to lift off of the wake, you will have to bend your knees again so that the board comes up with you and in control.
The board will come off of the wake with the nose higher than the tail. At this point stay with it and keep bending your knees allowing the board to rise up with you in the air. When you reach the peak of the jump, the board will level out and you will start to descend. Start to look for your landing and prepare yourself for the impact.
When landing this trick, keep your knees bent to absorb the shock. Keep your center of gravity low to maintain your balance. A lot of crazy things can happen at this point and you will be surprised at some of the things you can ride away from if you stay relaxed and focused. When you feel comfortable, stand all the way back up and check out all of your buddies in the boat hollering for you.
1. Grab the board
2. Shifty the board
3. Take it big
The heelside wake to wake jump helps you do the following harder tricks:
1. Wake to wake 180
2. Wake to wake 1 footer
3. Wake to wake 360
If you have specific questions about this trick or would like to discuss it further, talk about it in the Wakeskate Discussion Forum.
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