If you have already got your Back Roll under control then the Indy Grab is a good next step to add. It will make your Back Roll look more stylish and advanced.
I love this trick because it feels really good in the air, and it is super easy to add this simple grab to your Back Roll. A little secret is that it also looks VERY sick and stylish on photos. I guarentee you that you will get a perfect shot, if you do this in front of the lens.
Here are 5 steps that will teach you to do a perfect Back Roll Indy Grab.
Step 1: Edge
Approach the trick with your normal speed, with a good 11 / 1 o’clock kite position. Edge for your normal Back Roll.
Step 2: Body position
After starting your 360º rotation, it is important to position your body correctly. You don’t have to grab the board straight off, but remember that the sooner you grab it – the longer you can hold your grab.
Bring both knees to your chest. Remember it’s your abs and legs that have to do the work, so don’t bend your body to much to reach for the board. This will help you to slow down your rotation. From this body position, you will easily reach your grab. Aim for the middle of the board with your back hand. Your head is positioned between your shoulders.
If you get the right body position in the air, you will find this grab easy.
Try to sit down with the board on your feet, now reach for the grab. This will give you a good example of how it feels in the air and where exactly to grab your board.
Step 3: Grab it
If you want your Indy Grab to look more stylish, try to reach for the front nose. This will give you a very nice stretched body position – which looks absolutely spot on!
Remember to bend the front knee and stretch the back one.
Step 4: Controlling the kite
You have to remember to send your kite down, while you are finishing your rotation. This will give you a perfect landing and completion of your trick. If not you will go off axis and will not complete the trick.
With a controlled body position, grabbing with your back hand, your kite will move perfectly down in front of you and you will be able to hold the grab as long as you want.
Step 5: Spot your landing
Spot your landing, and aim for getting both hands on the bar for the most control.
Written by Therese Taabbel.