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Back Flares

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

Before learning a back 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.

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Learning Points

  • Start with an in-face or back-carving low and on a consistent level in the tunnel. Begin to put your chin down to allow the airflow to pass more along your upper shoulders. This along with a change to a flatter pitch of your body will generate additional 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, and 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 and the dive, put your chin down and repeat the technique to ascend again.

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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
6, Full Back Layout
7, Inface Carving
8, Outface Carving
9, Bottom Loop
10, Half Breaker, Head-up
11, Belly Flares

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