Friday 23 July 2021
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Back Pan Am

ICF Definition

Elevated aerial rotation on green water at a vertical angle greater than 90°, clear of the foam pile, where the competitor rotates around the stern of the boat.

Value is 130 points


How to do a Back Pan Am

1. Similar to the back blunt you need to start by setting 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 your first move as the set up for your back pan am.

Which ever way you get there you need to start your back pan am 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 take off as a back blunt. 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 powerfully drop that edge into the water (right edge)

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

5. As soon as you feel the boat begin to release from the water immediately switch to the other edge (left edge) and look over your shoulder towards the stern of your boat.

6.  Roll your shoulders and body under the boat. Pull your knees into your chest and inverted the boat over the top of you.

7. Use a strong snappy forward sweep stroke (left blade) to pull your boat through the air.

8. Keep rotating and look upstream.

9. As you land you will feel your back hit the green water. Immediately pull a forward recovery stroke to stop the momentum and keep you on the wave.


Top Tips

You need to commit to looking at your stern and then looking upstream 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.

You need to commit to getting your entire body under the boat. This will help take it over vertical. Think of placing your back on the face of the wave with your shoulders and chest squared up to the sky as you get under the boat during the main rotation of the move.

As soon as your boat is rotating be ready to snap back out and finish the move in a front surf.

As with most play boating moves you must commit fully to the move. If you don’t commit it won’t go over vertical and you won’t land the move. This is especially true for this move.