Thursday 5 August 2021
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ICF Definition

A 270º spin with at least 180° of which the boat must be inverted, aerial at some point.

Value is 150 points



How to do a Helix on a wave

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

2. Accelerate down the face of the wave and use an ‘olly’ small first bounce to generate some speed and release your hull from the face of the wave.

Like all wave moves do this by stomping down on your feet and then pulling up with your knees. Main difference this time is you want the boat flat. No edge at all.

3. As your bow rises do a back sweep stroke on the right of your boat and turn your boat to the right 60 – 90 degrees.

4. As your boat reconnects with the wave you will now be facing sideways to the right. You want to already been leaning forwards and to the right. So your weight is slightly downstream and your body is wound up and ready to go.

5. As soon as you reconnect with the wave your boat will bounce up again.

Ideally you want to reconnect with the hull flat on the wave and your right paddle blade in close to your right hip.

6. At this point use a quick ab crunch to lift the boat and flip it upside down. You want to flip downstream to the right and tuck forwards at the same time. The momentum will do the rotation for you.

6. Immediately as soon as you start to invert switch blades. Grab the water with your left blade and be ready to pull the roll back up.

7. As you come upright turn the roll stroke into a sweep stroke. Turning your boat to the right and pushing your feet to point back upstream.

9. At the same time open out your body ready to land and surf again.

10. Wahoo, celebrate you have just landed a super sick wave move.


Top Tips

The bigger the main bounce the bigger you’ll go.

When you flip try not to get the boat completely upside down. Keep your feet ever so slightly up so that your bow swings above the lip of the wave and doesn’t catch. This makes the recovery easier. That said you do need to be almost flat though so your stern doesn’t tap on the green of the wave.

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.

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 and an ab crunch to do the work. If you do take the back stroke get of it early otherwise you will be behind for the recovery you need to stay ahead of the move.

To give yourself the best take off possible start as high up the wave as possible 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 helix once you have the hang of it you can pop a helix out from anywhere with very little set up time at all.

You’ll probably start by landing on your head a lot. If this happens stick with it. Try and work on getting a better take off bounce and switching blades onto the recovery stroke a lot earlier. Snapping your hips and body open in the roll and swinging your feet back around into a front surf to finish the move.

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