Thursday 5 August 2021
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Back Blunt

ICF Definition

180° horizontal angle rotation on green water at a vertical angle greater than 45°, clear of the foam pile, where the competitor rotates around the stern of the boat landing in a frontwards position.

Value is 70 points

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How to do a Back Blunt

1. Set up backwards

There are three main ways to set up for this move. Either 1) carve your way to the top of the wave facing forwards and then do half a spin so you’re in a back surf, 2) carve your way to the top of the wave whilst back surfing or 3) throw a move such as a blunt and use your landing position from the move as the set up for your back blunt.

Which ever way you get there you need to start your back blunt from a backward surf position at the top of the wave.

2, As you begin to come down the wave it is exactly the same as a front blunt but backwards. Start by angling your boat off to one side just slightly (lets start angled to the right).

3. Use a back stroke to give you some acceleration down the wave and at the same time drop that edge into the water (right edge)

4. With your boat on edge lean forwards and push down on your feet to rail the stern a little further up into the air.

5. Then immediately switch to the other edge (left edge)

5. At the same time look over your (right) shoulder to lead the rotation and do a strong snappy forward sweep stroke (left blade) to pull your boat through the air.

6. To finish, crunch forwards and use a strong forward stroke to stop the momentum and keep you on the wave.


Top Tips

You need to commit to looking upstream and unwinding as you switch edges quickly in order to make this move work.

The amount of edge you engage is directly relevant to the how vertical the boat will go during the move.

Make sure you start pointing off to one side slightly. If you come down the wave straight as you turn you will be fighting the water rather than slicing through it making the move harder and you might find you get pushed flat every time.

Remember this whole move takes only a couple of seconds so make your movements explosive and snappy.