When you get a regular stalefish down, you can take this versatile trick to a lot of different places. The stalefish is cool because it looks great poked out and a little off-axis, and when incorporated into spins it becomes a little techy as well. Here’s how to take your normal stalefish to the next level, then spin with it. — Amber Wing, Malibu Boats team rider
For a regular stalefish, edge in on your heelside and ride all the way up and through the wake. Once you leave the wake, bring your legs up to your hand — not the other way around — and grab with your back hand on your heel edge between your boots. Hold it as long as you can, then bend your knees on the landing. Once you get this down, you’re ready to move on and add a little more style in the trick.
Take It Off Axis
Take a pretty aggressive heelside edge into the wake. You want the wake to trip you up a little bit in order to send you off axis, so push hard off the top of the wake and turn just a little bit backside. Getting off axis is all about staying on your heels and getting this trip off the wake. You actually go back like a tantrum a little, but then bring it back in for the landing. The Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ has a really clean, consistent lip, which lets me cut really hard into it and not worry about catching an edge.
Poke It Out
As you’re heading off-axis, poke out your grab toward the sky. I like to straighten my back leg and hold the grab as long as possible before preparing for the landing. Make sure to bend your knees on the landing. You’re probably going to go bigger than a normal stalefish grab, so you need to absorb the shock.
Take it Backside
I love doing stalefish backside 180s. They’re super fun because you take the trick frontside and then you rewind it backside for the 180. Hold the stalefish as long as possible, then turn the backside 180 really late, otherwise it’s really easy to over-rotate and slide out on your heels. At first, you’re definitely going to want to keep this wake-to-wake. The Wakesetter 22 MXZ’s wakes are perfect for this because the landing zones are long and clean, so you don’t have to worry as much about catching an edge. They just create a nice down ramp to land on.
A stalefish frontside 180 sounds easy, but getting the grab with your back hand and then getting that same hand on the handle to pull your body around for the 180 is quite difficult at first. You want to be over your board so you will land over your toes because it’s easy to slide out on your heels on this trick. Also, make sure you get the grab, then immediately pull that handle toward your hip so you can turn the full 180.
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