Thursday 5 August 2021
  • :
  • :

Tricky Woo

ICF Definition

3 consecutive 180° horizontal angle rotations. It begins with a splitwheel which is followed by a rotation on the stern at a vertical angle over 60° in the same direction as the first rotation of the splitwheel. The entire sequence is performed using one paddle blade only.

Value is 140 points

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 17.54.02

How to do a Tricky Woo

1. Start high on the pile pointing straight upstream.

2. With the boat on edge initiate the first end of a cartwheel (bow)

3. As your boat begins to cut through the water for the first end, whilst keeping your weight relatively neutral, use the back of the blade to pivot the boat in the bow. Starting the rotation.

4. Pivot your boat on the bow 180 degrees the same as a split wheel then let it rotate another 10-15 degrees. Until the stern of your boat rotates just passed upstream.

5. At this point smash your stern into the water keeping your body as neutral as possible and your boat on edge.

6. As you do this turn your shoulders and switch your head round so you are looking upstream over the opposite shoulder.

7. At the same time reach around with your paddle and do a quick snappy pull on the face of the blade to help further rotate the boat.

Be careful not to hyper extend your shoulders during this phase. If you get a good plug on the stern the water should do most of the rotation for you and you should only need to help guide it round the final part of the rotation with this stroke.

8. As soon as you’ve done this get ready to get over the paddle and smash the bow end through the water to complete the final end.

Very similar to smashing the bow end to do a flat water bow stall after a double pump. You want to smash the bow before it reaches 12 o’clock so that as it comes through it slices through the water and stays almost vertical (over 45 degrees)

9. Push the bow end through and allow the boat to come over your head and finish in a cartwheel or bring the boat into a back surf to finish off the move.


Top tips

Try to keep your body as neutral as possible throughout the move. If you throw your body weight back and fourth you will find that your boat bounces and it is harder to control the ends of the boat.

You can stand up slightly during the first rotation phase to help you control the boat.

Depending on the power and speed of the feature, in some situations smashing the stern into the oncoming flow will help the boat rotate and give you energy for the final part of the move. This smash will not only help the rotation it will also help protect your shoulders. As you will not need to rely on the pull to rotate the boat through the final rotation. In fact a good smash can mean you can just get ahead of the boat ready to smash the final end and not need to do the rotation pull paddle stroke at all.

Look upstream and spot a point directly upstream of the feature. Use this to help you work out your rotation angles. If you are struggling to get the full 180 rotation. Look upstream as you do as much rotation as you can. Then quickly look straight downstream briefly before you look back upstream over the opposite shoulder as the boat comes around for the second rotation ready for the final end. This will help you stay balanced, get that extra rotation you need and spot your landing helping you throw the final end.

Make sure you get a full 170 – 190 degree rotation on each end. If you are looking to score this move in a competition the boat needs to be over 45 degrees during the first two ends of the split wheel and over 60 degrees on the final end. Also make sure that the boat doesn’t drop flat during the rotation stages of the move. It’s better to drop into a bow end  time after time than not rotate enough and drop into a side surf so commit to the rotation and enjoy the wipeouts as you learn this awesome move.