Head Up Out Face Carve


Head Up Out Face carving moves will incorporate each of the individual head up flying skills that you have learned and encompass them all together as one skill set. Carving will be a skill that you often use throughout the dynamic flight progression. The techniques described here will provide you with the information you need to complete this move successfully.

The head up carving move utilizes many of the same techniques as the lower wind speed belly carving while facing out toward the tunnel wall, so a lot of the concepts will translate to this more advanced skill.


Similar to a head-up in-face carve, an out-face carve is also a combination of two motions: a backwards drive and a turn. Therefore, being comfortable flying these two points of motion while sit-flying will be very helpful in order to master this skill. To fly a fast and smooth carve, you will want to straighten out your body and bring your hips out; avoid getting too comfortable in the traditional, bent-hips, sit-flying position.


To properly master this skill, you should aim to accomplish the following objectives:

o   Fly the carve while maintaining the same level (avoid sinking, or going up).

o   Aim to bring your hips out, lower your knees, and lean your body forward to achieve the backwards drive and continue to maintain the same level.

o   Use your shoulders/chest as rudders to control the size of the circle; aim to trace the wall of the tunnel, and be sure to turn your head in the direction of the carve to see where you’re going!

o   Finally, see if you can adjust the level of your carve up/down while maintaining the same body position and simply leaning more/less on the wind. This will fine-tune your awareness as to how much to lean on the wind at any given time; at first, many find themselves leaning too much or too little on the wind, and this drill can help correct such situations. 


Depending on your current skills and level of comfort with sit-flying, you instructor will determine the best method to start your out-face carving progression. The following preparation technique can be applied to most cases and skill levels, however be sure to follow your instructor’s advice if he or she chooses to approach from a different angle.

Begin in a traditional sit-fly position, close to the wall, facing the center of the tunnel. You will then fly forward directly across the tunnel, then by leaning on the wind, return to the starting point by flying backward. Repeat this a couple times to get used to the leaning motion. Once comfortable, repeat the drill, however this time instead of returning to the starting point, as you reach the opposite wall and begin to lean, tilt you’re leading shoulder and chest in the direction of the carve and begin to trace the circle. Remember to turn your head to see where you’re going.

Technique and Drills


During your progression learning to out-face carve, keep the following in mind:

  • Being hesitant to veer away for your comfortable traditional sit will only slow your progression to a fast and smooth carve. If you find yourself in this situation, take a couple rotations to static sit-fly and experiment with the wind. Be creative and try to fly awkward and strange positions. Even if they don’t necessarily fly well, this exercise will still increase your willingness to venture out of your comfort zone.
  • If you find yourself sinking while carving, then you are not leaning enough on the wind. A good drill to correct this is to simply fly forward towards the glass, then backward back to the starting point while trying to maintain the same level. Try to go slow at first, then fast, while making sure you brake on time!
  • Make sure you are creating the turning motion of the carve by tilting your shoulder and chest. It is also helpful to have your leading arm slightly bent, with the elbow lowered to assist in creating the turn.
  • Look in the direction of the turn; avoid looking down at the net. 

Post-flight questions / suggestions

·      Were you able to fly the carve with your knees lowered and your hips further out?

·      Are you maintaining the same level during the carve?

·      Are your circles too small? Are you flying into the tunnel walls? Make sure you adjust the level of input from your shoulders and chest to carve alongside the wall.

·      Are you looking in the direction of the carve?

·      What techniques did you feel comfortable with and what can you improve on during the next session?


You will probably work on Head-Up Out-Face Carving simultaneously with Head-Up In-Face carving. Once you master both skills, you will notice a whole new degree of freedom in the tunnel while head-up flying! Next, you will learn how to properly switch from one to the other, ideally following a proper dynamic line. Subsequently, you will begin to explore the world of head-down flying, learning to carve both in-face and out-face in both directions!

What skill level is next?

Head Up Carve Switches

Once you have mastered the individual head up carving movements, out-face and in-face going both left and right, it will next be necessary to learn how to combine the movements by switching between them without stopping.

You will learn how to control your torso in order to be able to swtich from facing one way to facing another and completing the "snake" move.