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Head Up Out Face Carving

This is Video 8 in IBA’s Dynamic Progression ‘how-to’ series, Head-Up Out-Face Carve. Similar to a head-up in-face carve, an Out-Face Carve is also a combination of two motions: a backwards drive and a turn. Therefore, being comfortable flying these two points of motion while sit-flying will be very helpful in order to master this skill.

To fly a fast and smooth carve, you will want to straighten out your body and bring your hips out; avoid getting too comfortable in the traditional, bent-hips, sit-flying position.

Learning Points

  • Fly the carve while maintaining the same level (avoid sinking, or going up).
  • Aim to bring your hips out, lower your knees, and lean your body forward to achieve the backwards drive and continue to maintain the same level.
  • Use your shoulders/chest as rudders to control the size of the circle; aim to trace the wall of the tunnel, and be sure to turn your head in the direction of the carve to see where you’re going!
  • Finally, see if you can adjust the level of your carve up/down while maintaining the same body position and simply leaning more/less on the wind. This will fine-tune your awareness as to how much to lean on the wind at any given time; at first, many find themselves leaning too much or too little on the wind, and this drill can help correct such situations.

More tricks & 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