Cabrinha team rider Lucas Arsenault explains the technique on the Seatbelt Back To Blind. Stay tuned for more trick tips from the pros.
At a quick glance, this may seem like a simple Back to Blind. But adding a Seatbelt grab can make things quite tricky. I really enjoy adding a variety of grabs and style to tricks like these. Many people nowadays can do Back to Blinds, so this is a fun way of keeping things fresh and making yourself more technical.
Let's start from the beginning. This is a normal Back to Blind but for the Seatbelt grab it requires you to grab with the same hand you will be performing the handle pass with. The tricky part is grabbing, then quickly putting your hand back on the bar to finish the rotation. So start with your kite in the same position or slightly higher than you normally would in a Back to Blind. It is very important that your kite stays in the same position or goes lower during the trick. Having the kite flying upwards will increase the difficulty.
Pop hard into a back roll and really try tweaking it out as you come around. Pull your leg forward and grab the tail of the board with your front hand. Ater reaching the grab, quickly put your hand back on the bar und begin your backside rotation. Land blind, pass the bar, and ride away.
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