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Head Up In Face Carving High Wind Speed

This is the seventh video in IBA’s Dynamic Progression ‘how-to’ series, Head-Up In-Face Carve. An In-Face Carve requires the combination of two motions: a forward drive and a turn. If you feel comfortable with these two points of motion while sit-flying, then you will find an In-Face Carve a simple skill to fly. However, an efficient and fast In-Face Carve requires a different body position that many aren’t used to flying at first, and this is where you might find a bit of a challenge: carving with the leading leg down, and your hips out (eventually, you’ll be able to carve with both legs down).

There are a few pre-requisite skills that could help you better achieve this position: being able to sit-fly in place with one leg down, or the ability to go forwards and backwards while straightened out (both legs down).

Learning Points

  • If you feel comfortable in a traditional sit position (hips bent), then you might begin the carve in a sit, and slowly start to bring your leading leg down. It is important again to understand you are “piercing” the wind with that leg, rather than creating a side motion (bring the leg straight down, not to the side). As you bring your leg down, you will lose lift unless you present more back and head surface to the wind.
  • If you feel comfortable flying a static sit-fly position with one leg down, then you might want to begin the carve from that same static position. All it takes is a forward motion by leaning your back and head on the wind, then a turn using your shoulders and chest.

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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