The front-side roll is an advanced move that’s a snap, provided you can throw a backside roll and your front-side moves – simple wake-to-wake jumps and grabs – are in order. Also, you’ll need to make sure you’re edging all the way through the wake. While the rotation is similar to that of a backside roll, you have to be confident coming in with your toes toward the wake.
Start with a rope length of 55 feet and a boat speed of 20 mph. Concentrate on taking a progressive edge and holding on to the handle with two hands, palms down.
The front-side roll is really a back flip once you hit the top of the wake. If you’re hitting backside rolls consistently, the front-side roll shouldn’t be any problem. The whole key is edging all the way through the wake. Once you leave the wake, be sure to hold on to the handle with your back hand. This will allow you to throw your hips up and away from the boat, elevate and rotate at the same time.
Once the board has rotated and you can see the water, spot a landing area. Land it. It will be easy to overrotate the front-side roll. If you’re sliding out on your landings, next time lean forward when you’re coming down out of the trick.
Buster Lutgert is a rising star in women’s wakeboarding. She is sponsored by Liquid Force, Black Flys, and University Surf and Sport in Orlando, Florida.