Tantrum to Blind with Gabe Fowler
There are many different ways to do/teach a tantrum to blind so I'll just explain the way that works best for me. I found that taking it straight up and wake to wake make landing blind easier. With that being said, cut out about 20-25 feet or so to start. While turning in to the wake, make sure you have equal weight on both feet and your front elbow in tight to your body. This first step is key in landing blind/wrapped. Take a very progressive edge into the wake. When you get to the wake, stomp hard on your heels as you take the tantrum straight up. The harder you stomp, the easier it will be. As I start coming around on the tantrum I spot the second wake. Wait as long as possible before turning to blind. Almost until the board is completely back under you. If you start turning too early, you will slip out on your heels every time from under rotation. When you start turning to blind, you just rotate your wrist into the small of your back, turn your head to look toward your rear shoulder, and push your chest over your knees and toward the shoreline. That's it! I would strongly suggest having heelside backside 180's down first. It will save you a lot of hard falls. I learned the hard way. Isaiah 43.2- "when you pass through these waters, I will be with you."
Toe Side Front Side 360 with Alf Evans
1. The first thing you need to have for a TS FS 3 is to make sure you have a good TS wake 2 wake. If you don't...you'll need to get that down first.
2. Next thing to do is take a mellow cut into the wake. You don't want to rail in at this one because you'll have too much line tension on it and will have a hard time waiting for your pop.
3. When you pop off the wake you're going to pop just like you would for a w2w but you want to be sure to wait a second before you turn your head and start initiating the spin. This trick is really two tricks together. It's a TS FS 180, with a Switch Back Side 180 at the end of it. Now don't let that Switch BS 180 thing scare you. Like Shaun Murray says in detention, switch riding is just in your head. This trick is a really easy spin to get around so you don't need to think about hucking it if you take off right. You'll notice in this picture I'm not really initiating the spin until about half way through the jump. Since the TS FS 180 is such a natural spin the first half of this spin does itself.
4. Make sure you keep your eyes up so that you can get them out toward the shore (if you're one of those riders...for some tricks I have to do that, for some others I don't) or get them set to spot your landing. Also make sure that you keep that handle right at your beltline.
5. Handle pass. When you pass the handle on this one (which you don't actually have to do) make sure that you get on to your toes. If your form on this is going to be textbook you would actually be landing cuffed and blind and very much on your toes (even though I'm not on my toes).
This is a rhythm trick for me. It's probably one of the tricks that I can actually feel the transition of the wake in the air. I know that sounds weird, but It's like I can feel it as I leave, and that lets me know where I'm going to be on my way down.
Give it a whirl.