Even though it looks simple, the 180 hand-to-hand is an intermediate move for women who are confident on their ski. To perform it elegantly, you should have your free leg in the knee position, with an overhand (palms down) grip on the handle (Photo 1).
To make the turn, keep your back straight, bend your arms and let go with the hand of your dominant foot. (Most women are right-foot-forward and should let go with their right hand. I’m left, so I let go with my left hand.) Begin pulling the handle into your waist slightly. As you begin to turn, rotate your wrist on the handle (Photo 2). This will help move you into the back position. Once you’re square to the boat, replace your off hand on the handle (Photo 3).
To get back to the front, slowly drop your off hand, rotate your handle wrist and rotate your hips back to the front. All the while, keep the handle in at your waist. Don’t let it get away. When you get around to the front, place your hand back on the handle.
Australian Leza Bugden is the first-time recipient of the World Entertainment Services Nova award, given to the best show skiers at Sea World parks cast by WES.