5 tips on how to prepare for your first Air Raley with Darin Shapiro
Before trying your first air raley you will need to have some skills dialed in so that you have better chances
of success and less chance of hurting yourself
1. If you’ve got a cable park nearby its a good idea to learn Raley’s off of a kicker first.
First, do large “straight airs” with plenty of edge right into the base of the kicker. Once you can do those with a lot of speed you may be ready to try a Raley. Raising the handle when you leave the kicker has always helped me.. Your handle and feet should rise together as you leave the kicker.
2. If you have a two tower cable system like a 2.0 or lil’ bro’ learn them off of the water using a short rope. Hopefully you’ll have a chance to watch someone do the “load and release” approach to understand how the rope picks you up.
3. Trampoline. With a rope tied up high and jumping with your shoulders back try letting your hips swing away while using your shoulders to tension the rope. Try this a little at a time until you feel like you can swing your legs up high. Push off hard with your legs and keep the handle high.
4. Long distance wake jumps. Learn to swing across the back of the boat with a lot of speed and practice long distance wake jumps. This exercise is a must for learning to arc across the back of the boat and swing with line tension from one side of the boat to the other.
5. Confidence. This trick is all about confidence and guts, if you are not fully committed then do not try to attempt this trick half hearted.
Raley’s can be dangerous, please take every precaution that you can. Big wakes, calm water, knowledgable riders and boat drivers are always a smart start to approaching advanced tricks on a wakeboard.