A Scarecrow is an S-bend rotation out of toeside. The Scarecrow is meant to be an unhooked trick but you can practice this trick hooked in as well. Before attempting this trick get good at front rotations and popping out of toeside.
Front Rotations – The key to front rotations is looking over your back shoulder. Your head dictates where the rest of your body goes. The other key point to quicken your rotation speed after tucking your head is to bring your front elbow to your back hip. A common mistake is not committing to the trick. If you find yourself getting halfway around before crashing, then that means you need to continue looking over your back shoulder to complete the rotation.
Popping Out Of Toeside – You can try this hooked in or unhooked, whichever feels most comfortable to you. The key to a good pop out of toeside is maintaining your speed. You can keep good speed by holding a hard edge. When you pop, try to pop away from the kite by keeping your core tight and your legs bent so you can spring off the water. It’s a timing thing just like jumping heelside, so maintain speed and be smooth.
Kite Control Popping Out Of Toeside – You can keep your kite high (if you’re unhooking) at 12:30 or 11:30. When you pop, you want to keep the kite parked in the same spot. Because you’re edging against the kite you may pull in with your top hand (you do not want to do this). To contradict this maintain even bar pressure with both hands. Keeping the kite parked and having good kite control will make it easier to consistently land tricks out of toeside.
Scarecrow – Once you have front rotations down and can pop out of toeside it’s time to put the two together. Remember to maintain speed and commit to the rotation. A good pop out of toeside and a quick rotation is key to this trick.