“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”-Soren Kierkegaard Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. –John Quincy Adams The best Christmas gift I can give you all is one more article to keep you fired-up and motivated to set some new goals for next year. I will stick to what I do best in hopes of helping you be the best you can be.and push for that miracle this year! I feel like I am in a coliseum of barefooters screaming for carnage. I keep hearing, “give us the flip.give us the flip…we want the flip or nothing at all!” Under pressure from the masses, I am about to let loose the fury of a challenge that is meant to be met by a few select Gladiators! Everyone who can stand thinks the flip might be the next most logical step. Before you walk in the coliseum, I want to make sure you are prepared for the fury that you are about to meet! We need our swords drawn and our backs to each other because although we can win this war if we work together, someone is going to get sacrificed because they did not do there homework. WARNING: This is not like working on your golf swing! Well, it might be if you are practicing in Kabul, Afghanistan. What do you need to enter the coliseum? The following armor is recommended if you like all your body parts right where they are; #1 Great front one foots, toe-holds on the long line #2 Great tumble turns on the long line #3 Wake and surface hops #4 Very strong, very tough, hard to bluff! #5 My two-hour instructional video (https://thefootersedge.com/videos/index.html) is a must for those of you who are serious about this, but I will not harp more on this here except to say you have about a week left to get in on the FREE week of skiing (drawing) with me down here in paradise which will be announced January 1, 2002! Several tips will help you before ever attempting this on your feet. #1 lots of dry-land practice #2 do them on the Dawg Paws until you are the king #3 NEW APPROACH: If you have a boat that allows you to ski off the boom on a 10-foot rope without being pummeled by chine spray, I recommend doing this first on Dawg Paws there, then on your feet. #4 It is not a bad idea to try these techniques I am about to teach you and then letting go on the landing a couple of times to keep from getting injured. #5 Video yourself to get the most out of your practice sessions. #6 The very best gift you can give yourself is longevity. Therefore, it is much better to come down here and let me guide you through this process personally to give you the best shot at learning this safely without scaring yourself to the point to where you will not be able to do it!!!!!!!! Yet.the coliseum keeps screaming! Open the gates. The flip requires; #1 Good vision #2 A hard pull with great handle placement. #3 Explosive strength #4 Great RECOMPRESSION! # 5 You also need a great grip and a commitment to keeping the handle when you get smacked in the back. One of the great challenges is to not loose your composure when you get slapped on the back. The first challenge is to move the rope where it is out of the way and in a safe place so you have room to flip. If you do not move the handle, you could end up flipping and putting your head or arm through the handle. This would be a BAD thing! Your first decision is to decide which hip feels better to pull the handle to? I pull to my left hip while others pull to their right. Practice this on land to get your best pull. Your next decision is to decide how you are going to hold the handle. Try this out to see which feel the best. I recommend that both hands be touching each other in either a baseball grip or palms down grip. If you decide to use a baseball grip, slide your hands to one end with the excess part of the handle pointing down so it stays out of your way! (Gig tip!) Once you have this squared away, practice pulling the handle to either your left hip or your right hip. CRITICAL 911 FLIP HANDLE POSITIONING WARNING! When it ends up at your hip, your forearm should be squished like you are trying to cover your belt from being seen. This handle position is critical and difficult to hold. Once you have started your rotation, the pull comes from a different direction much like a tumble turn, so you will have to push the handle to keep it in this critical position. The wise warrior will reread this last paragraph until it is tattooed on his brain and the belt buckle has formed a permanent impression on his forearm! Once you achieve critical handle pull and put it in its happy place, you will rotate your body around your forearm in the same way as you would rotate around a jungle gym bar on the playground. You know the one you would circle around with your hips, right? If this is not enough of a challenge, once the lift off sequence has been initiated (picture this as the same security needed to launch a missile-if not for entertainment purposes alone!), you must learn the art of my RECOMPRESSION technique! Lane Dawg Bower’s patented RECOMPRESSION technique revealed! This new technology is critical for two skills so far as I can tell; front and back surface hops and flips! My RECOMPRESSION technique always follows an explosive move such as is required by the set-up for a front flip or hop. When unleashing your explosive strength for this technique, you will always explode only to the point of great knee bend and not beyond. Do not be swayed by the Dark side into full leg extension. Friends do not let friends barefoot waterski with full leg extension (with the exceptions of starts and at the top of the perfect barefoot jump)! Therefore, after exploding from a super duper knee bend into a 90 degree knee bend, you will be moving towards the upside down part of the flip. NOW is the time to initiate my patented RECOMPRESSION technique! To do this you will recoil your hamstrings like you are trying to hit your buttocks with your heels! This will ensure that upon your landing that your feet will hit the water in something close to a Three-Point Position! Let’s put all this together into the correct order because I am getting tired of writing! Regardless of where you are attempting this, edging away from the side to which you will be pulling the handle will be a big help. Get even on both feet so you can initiate the explosion evenly. Great vision helps if you WATCH the handle into its happy place (see CRITICAL 911 FLIP HANDLE POSITIONING WARNING!) and helps initiate your flip as you tuck your chin. Initiate the explosion while pulling the handle in and tucking your head. As the handle touches your hip you should be rocking forward in front of your feet with your eyes open, your handle in its happy place, and your head at about the same height as your handle (above the water). As your feet come off the water, you have achieved the critical upside down position where you must initiate the RECOMPRESSION technique. You should end up landing just past your shoulder blades to ensure a rounded landing on the curve of you back. You should be keeping your ankle flex to be sure you are ready to ski out (read Ultra Mega Glide at https://thefootersedge.com/equipment/info/ne14.htm) Get ready for a hard pull ensuring you have maintained the CRITICAL 911 FLIP HANDLE POSITION! 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