A backmobe is back roll with a frontside 360 handle pass. To learn how to backmobe, you want to follow the proper progression. There are a couple of key points from turning a back to wrap into a backmobe. The key difference between these two tricks is that a backmobe you get the handle pass in the air opposed to on the water.
- Unhooked Backrolls
- Unhooked Backroll to Toeside
- Back to Wrap
Unhooked Back Rolls
Get familiar and confident doing unhooked back rolls. Keep your kite parked at 11 or 1 o’clock in the wind window and use the board to generate power. Edge downwind to lose power and edge upwind for more power. The key thing to focus on at this step is doing a controlled pop. For a controlled back roll pop, you want to be smooth from the moment you unhook to the moment you pop off the water. If you go downwind too much for too long, you take the power out of the kite and the pop becomes difficult.
Unhooked Back Roll to Toeside
Once you feel confident with your unhooked backrolls, continue the rotation and land toeside. At this stage you want to focus on pulling the bar to your back hip (you’re not doing a handle pass yet). Pulling the bar towards your back hip creates more momentum so you rotate faster and helps you maintain control of your spin.
Back to Wrap
Going from backrolls to toeside to back to wrap requires you to pass the bar behind your back. Two key points to focus on here. Key point one – focus on a smooth and controlled pop where you generate good slack in the kite. Key point two – commit to the full rotation and hold on to the bar. Hold on to the bar for a second longer so that you land wrapped.
Going from a back to wrap to a backmobe requires you to get the handle pass in the air. Two key points to get the air pass. Key point one – keep the bar in tight and close to your hip throughout the trick. Key point two – when going for the pass, arc your shoulders back and bring the bar in hard to your hip for the pass.
**** Always remember to keep your kite parked at 11 or 1 when doing an unhooked trick. Kite control comes first, as soon as you feel you’ve lost kite control, let go of the bar. Letting go of the bar will help prevent injury and will keep you on track with your progression.
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