Thursday 5 August 2021
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Flip Turn

ICF Definition

Rotation of over 90° at a horizontal angle followed by a rotation with a vertical angle over 45° on the stern in one fluid motion. The boat must be aerial at one point of the move.

Value is 90 points


How to do a Flip Turn

1. Set up at the top of the wave facing upstream. Lets starts by doing a flip turn to the right.

2. Accelerate down the face of the wave.

3. Bounce or slide the boat sideways

4. As you land or reach 45 degrees, do a hard back sweep and crunch your knees to your chest to flip your boat over vert.

5. As soon as your inverted grab with your right blade to stop the spin momentum and pull the boat back to where you started

6. Immediately use a strong forward sweep on the left to finish the move back in a front surf.


Top Tips

The bigger the main bounce the bigger you’ll go. You need to have air to score this move.

Keep your right hand and blade in close to your hip on the take off so you keep your spin rotation point tight. If it’s out wide its a lot harder to flip and it will slow down your rotation so you will need a lot more time in the air to complete the move.

You need to keep forwards during the crunch. If you lean back you will stall out the move and it won’t work. So crunch forwards as you flip the boat into the turn.

If you don’t have a good bounce you may need to do a slight back stroke on your right blade to help flip you over but this is only a tiny tap and not always required. The key is to use the momentum combined with an ab crunch to do the work.

To give yourself the best take off possible start nice and high up the wave and carry as much momentum as you can into the move to give you more height on your bounce and more time to complete your trick. That said you don’t need to be at the top of the wave to do a flip turn. Once you have the hang of it you can pop a flip turn out from anywhere with very little set up time at all.

Remember this whole move takes only a second so keep it snappy and explosive.