Air tricks on the cable - The release 2

Level: 
Intermediate
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Cable

In the second part to this how-to, we’ll try to guide you through the principle behind Load and Release Air Tricks by walking you through “The Release” from a water pressure perspective.

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How to - Air tricks on the cable - The release 2

In Part 1 (Air Tricks On the Cable: The Release - Part 1) of this how-to we discussed “The Release” portion of Load and Release Air tricks from the perspective of line tension. In Part Two we’ll bring it all together by walking you through “The Release” portion from the perspective of water pressure.

In the video above we demonstrate the physics behind the release, using a comparison. The plank underneath Clayton’s feet represents the force of the water that is applied to your wakeboard during the release.

Taking the 'load and release arc' that was discussed in “Part One” from this new perspective of water pressure. We see that when he releases, the arc’s natural direction of travel would be to move down before it can move backwards, but the water in the way prevents your lower body from going down, so this “down” is turned into an “up”.

While he's in the loaded position, his shoulders are roughly 2 feet above the surface. When he releases, his pivot point is forced upward as the “down” motion of the arc is transferred into an “up” motion. Once he has fully released back to a standing position, his pivot point has moved up to about 5 feet off the surface. In this slow release, his pivot point moved a total of about 3 feet straight up. When the release happens quick enough, that “up” momentum will continue up into the air, taking the rider along with it.

Releasing at different speeds

With a slow release, you'll be returned to a standing position with your weight over your toes. If you release at a medium speed, you will bring a little bit more down force into your arc, which would result in more upward momentum. This will pop you a few feet off off the water into a “Loaded Air”. To maximize this catapulting upward pop, release quickly by allowing your lower body to aggressively begin the “down” portion of the arc while remaining in a stiff, upright position. At this point your lower body will quickly be thrown beneath and behind you as you get launched into the air.

Using just one of these forces, line tension or water pressure, could easily launch a rider into the air, but when you combine both of these forces, then your load and release air tricks will become huge.

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