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Back Fly Forward/Backward

Back-flying forward and backward movement is one of the primary skills that you will need to learn in order to control yourself on your back.

Objectives

The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully begin in a neutral back-flying position, fly forward toward the wall, stop and then fly backward, under control the whole time. Ideally, begin learning this skill while still on the net, then eventually get to a point where the Instructor can increase the wind speed to become proficient at flying forward and backward off the net.

1, Forward

  • Forward movement is considered a movement toward your head
  • Initiate the movement by extending your legs, keeping your lower legs perpendicular to the direction of the airflow and avoiding raising your feet up too much as your legs extend
  • As you straighten your legs, you will need to bend your arms so that your elbows tuck down toward the side of your body
  • To stop the movement, reverse the inputs to almost initiate a backward move. Once your drive has stopped, return to a neutral back-flying position

2, Backward

  • A backward movement is considered a movement toward your feet
  • Initiate the movement by bending your legs, bringing your knees toward your chest slightly and also pressing your feet down toward your bottom
  • As you bend your legs, you will need to stretch your arms above your head slightly to help create a slight lifting sensation at your upper body. This will help adjust the pitch of your body to create the drive
  • To stop the movement, reverse the inputs to almost initiate a forward move. Once your drive has stopped, return to a neutral back-flying position

As you become more comfortable with this move, you can increase the speed of the wind, which can provide more power. You can also adjust your position slightly, by fully extending your arms above your head and rolling your head and shoulders back, which will provide a slight arched shape at your upper body. This along with keeping your heels tucked toward your bottom will allow for a steeper body pitch, ultimately giving you more power. Remember, the faster you are traveling, the more aggressive your stopping input will need to be to avoid contacting the wall.

Check In

Visit the IBA Skills page to download the full lesson plan and to find post-flight evaluation questions and suggestions.

Other IBA Video Tutorials

Back flying, neutral position: HERE

Back flying, turns: HERE

Dynamic Progression series HERE

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