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Belly Flares

This is the eleventh video in the IBA’s Dynamic Progression ‘how-to’ series, Belly Flares.

Before learning a belly flare, you should be comfortable carving in both directions at a wide range of speeds. Flying this technique correctly requires a three-dimensional maneuver. The body position required to do these flares correctly is best developed at low speeds first.

Learning Points

  • Start by carving out-face or belly-carving low in the tunnel on a consistent level. Begin to push your hips forward and cup the air slightly with your arms and shoulders to create lift and drag causing you to ascend in the tunnel.
  • As you reach the top or apex of the maneuver put your chin up looking down in the center of the tunnel, pitch your body vertical eliminating as much drag as possible to create a dive while maintaining a carve.
  • As you reach the bottom of the tunnel repeat the technique to ascend again.

Pick up more tricks & download the full lesson plan here

Other Dynamic Progression Videos

1, Back to belly front flip
2, Back to belly back flip

3, Belly Carving
4, Back Carving
5, Full Front Layout
6, Full Back Layout
7, Inface Carving
8, Outface Carving
9, Bottom Loop
10, Half-breaker, Head-up