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How to do a Carving 360 with Kelly Slater

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It's basically just doing a backside off the lip, going front side. I'm Kelly Slater and you're watching trick tips. Today we're going to talk about carving 360s. Well a carving 360 is just basically an extension of the bottom term. You're setting it up bottom turning hard and then you're carving your whole turn around as opposed to spinning the tail or sliding the fins out. The basic idea is to try to complete a total circle with, you know one carving turn. 

The best ones are when you really hit the top of the lip and then your fins and your tail all go up and explode out the back and release. Setting up for it, timing is obviously super important and you got to have the right section. The best conditions for it I would say best would be kind of wedgie section, you know for me its rights for goofy footer obviously it's left. So sections kind of bending back at you that have a lot of roundness to them and lot of curve to him and pretty steep and not super hollow. 

The important part of the turn is probably the first part at the end of that bottom turn to come off the bottom and you almost have to do a two stage bottom turn cause your shoulder rotation is really important. So you set up your speed and you gotta drive out way deep on the bottom of the wave and sort of check turn off the bottom, and then really set your shoulders as your coming Vertical up the to face. You gotta get your shoulder rotation far enough around so that your momentum is coming that way and your board can follow along the shoulder.

You know the feeling is you're carving a 360. Normally be coming off the bottom and be setting up the lip to go smash it and at that point you gotta really redirect your speed and your body and momentum. Imagine going to hit the lip, but you get up there sooner than you normally would. Usually going to hit the lip you want to be real vertical and you got this thing going to slam so you want to be getting up there just half step ahead of where you would be to hit the lip.

Ultimately the release ends up happening and you kind of want to be rotated but then wait kind of back into your fin on your toe side so when that releases, you know your front foot pops back underneath you. If you turn too soon when you're coming up the off the bottom, you can't get your shoulders around far enough you can't get that momentum enough so you really have to kind of a check bottom turn and then really lunge into it. Really set it up going up the face really trying to keep your body compressed and your always turning around, coiling and turning, releasing that power you build up in your body. 

This was trick tips carving 360’s. 

-Kelly Slater

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