1) Get to the top of the feature: There are a few different ways you can do this, but essentially you are trying to slow your boat down in some way so that it drags you downstream (or higher up on the wave). You can lean downstream in a front or side surf digging your edge in or stopping your boat from planning on the entire hull. You can plant your paddle in the water to cause drag, or what I commonly do is carve to the flatter side of the wave (if the wave has a shoulder) and when you feel like your falling off, lean forward quickly and cut back into the middle.
2) Initiate your downward momentum: On green waves (such as high water mini bus) you need to create your downward speed at the top of the feature because half the time it is trying to kick you off the back. You can do this by very aggressively stomping your feet down on the boat (as if you were doing a bow smash) and at the same time, quickly leaning forward and reach as far out in front of you as possible with your paddle to get leverage.
3) Initiating your bounce: When you bounce, your goal is to be as high on the top of the feature as possible. You cannot really get an efficient bounce without speed, so practicing step 2 first is mandatory. When bouncing, it is very similar to ollieing in a skateboard or a snowboard. You must first drive the front of your kayak into the water leaning forward, then rock to the back of the boat to initiate your boats kick rocker. The harder you slam your feet into the water, the harder it’s going to push back at you.
4) Edge to edge transfer and power stroke: You see a lot of old school videos where people are “flat bouncing” and throwing tricks, and even sadly a lot of new school ones too. The way boats are designed now, you must take advantage of the rails, and use them for taking off on every wave trick. As an example, if you are throwing a right clean blunt, you must first bounce off of your left edge, and vice versa. Remember that you must keep your bouncing technique that you learned in step 3 at the same time as doing this edge transfer. The “Power Stroke” is not mandatory for freestyle tricks, but especially usefully when on smaller features to give yourself a little more speed as you’re taking off on your trick. This is simply a strong forward stroke on the side that you are bouncing off of. (Ex., right power stroke for left blunts)
5) Tips for execution of trick (left clean blunt)
Raise right elbow
Pull your left shoulder towards downstream
Right hand reaching way upstream
Eyes looking at right paddle blade
Push your feet and lower body downstream
*keep your paddle clear of the water
6) Recovery stroke
This is another crucial step to the clean blunt. Your “recovery stroke” for the clean blunt is you quickly place a hard back stroke, keeping your body at 90 degrees.
7) Landing body positioning
When landing you have to brace yourself and your back for a big THUD! At this point you can make your decision how you plan on staying on the wave. You can do a few different things. You can stay in a backsurf and wait till you boat planes again so you’re surfing. (You may find leaning a bit backwards may help to stay on the wave and not flush off the back) You can combo it into any one of a number of backwards tricks including backstab or pistol flip. Or you can simple throw in a forward sweep stroke and do a 180 degree flat spin bringing you back into a frontsurf.
TIP: DO NOT DO DIRTY BLUNTS! (when you try to hide your tap on you “clean blunt” making it a blunt) It is a bad habit to get into.
Happy New YEAR!