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The backloop is another classic move. Sometimes called a 'barrel-roll' or a 'helicopter' by the Flintstones among us. The main thing about the backloop is that it is not a real backloop. I'd say that a pushloop would be more of a backloop, but that's another story. Backloops are more 'barrel rolls', as you go up to the apex of your jump, you rotate almost horizontally into the wind. In fact a backloop is not even a full 360 degrees rotation, but a mere 270. Of course there are different flavours; your style will be a mixture of how horizontal you rotate and at what point you start rotating through the wind. A backloop is a great move to learn at any level where you are already able to jump. You can do one-tenth of a backloop without the obvious consequences of one-tenth of a forward loop. The difficult part of the backloop is the landing.

The ramp
You are looking of a steep wave. As steep as possible, but still not broken or breaking yet.

The jump
Initiating the backloop is easy. As your nose approaches the ramp bare upwind. This is where you control how fast you will rotate into the wind. On a small chop you would bare upwind as hard as you can. On a mast-high wave you would only bare upwind just a tiny bit. How hard you bare upwind has to do with your expectation of how high you will fly. The higher you go, the slower you should turn. Don't try to force your board into the rotation as you go up. Remember that the if you just lean back and sheet in the rotation will start as you are coming down. Don't sheet in completely, leave some room, will touch on that a bit later. On the apex of your jump, even before you are rotating you must concentrate on the landing. You can do this by looking over your shoulder and spotting your landing site.

The landing
Now comes the tricky part. Once you've mastered and trained on the technique of starting the rotation you will be confronted with over-rotations. What makes this move so difficult to land is the problem that you cannot estimate your height and rate of descension. The only thing you can control and estimate is the progress of your rotation. You will probably over-rotate when you go over 270 degrees rotation. So once you see the beach it's just a couple of degrees more. Rotation is controlled with your backhand. Pulling it down to the board (sheeting in) will make you rotate faster. Unfortunately, slowing the rotation is very hard and unnecessary. With this in mind, remember that slow rotation is the key to making landing easy. The decision to increase rotation speed should come only when you are sure that you will not make 270 degrees. Try to land nose first and as soon as your nose hits the water extend your backleg to cushion of the impact. As your rotation stops your sail wants to finish the rotation it started. Prepare yourself for the pull on your backhand. Be amazed on the dryness of your feet and the champagne falling from the skies as you just stuck your first backloop.

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