To tie in with the other transitions from your back to you belly and vice versa, the back to belly front flip transition uses a different set of skills than the barrel roll moves, slightly more challenging but touching on area of body use that will be used almost all of the time while free flying, this skill will help you understand the correct use of the airflow on your body.
Before you begin to learn transitions between orientations you should be comfortable and balanced in each of the orientations. To learn to do this transition, you should be stable and aware in both belly-flying and back-flying orientations. It’s not necessary, but ideal, if you are also comfortable knee-flying as well. Knowing how to knee-fly will help break down the transition and allow you to fly it much more smoothly.
o You should aim to fly this transition with as much control as possible.
o Try to imagine an arc of momentum to give you the time necessary to fly through the transition.
o Begin and end the technique on the same level.
o Try to avoid the natural tendency of lifting your head as you begin the transition. Let the wind to the work for you.
With this transition you want to imagine an arc of momentum. Knowing how to use this momentum will give you the time necessary to develop the correct body position. You should set up in the center of the tunnel at roughly hip height of the instructor and aim to finish at the same level.
Technique and Drills
o Begin this transition by first going up slightly on your back. Creating this vertical energy is necessary to manage the momentum. Push your head back, arch your chest, push slightly on the back of your hands and arms, and begin to hook your legs under your body to create the rotation.
o As you pass through the vertical section of the transition, use the knee-flying position to break down the maneuver and fly it more smoothly.
o As you reach your belly, keep your arch and find your balance in the belly-flying orientation.
Post-flight questions / suggestions
· Were you able to remain stable as you moved between orientations?
· Did you start and finish the maneuver on the same level?
· Were you able to use the knee-fly technique to break down the transition?
· Did you keep your head back and allow the wind to push you through the technique?
Now that you have balance in belly and back-flying, and can make transitions safely between orientations, you can begin to learn one of the various low speed carving techniques along with learning the belly-to-back front flip transition.
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Belly to Back Back Flip
To tie in with the other transitions from your back to your belly and vice versa, the Belly to Back Back Flip transition uses a different set of skills than the barrel roll moves. While the flips are slightly more challenging than the barrel rolls, this skill will help you understand the correct use of the airflow on your body, an important aspect of learning to Free Fly.