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Shuvit

14:37 19th September 2012 by Boardseeker
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The Shuvit

This move really comes from waveriding and in particular from a backside smack where you change weight aggressively from heelside to toeside. When this is done a bit late off a suitable ramp you get into a very unique position in the air. It is one of my favourite jumps and also allows you to put your own style into it, with many pros going super tweaked. Check out Francisco Goya in his Alive video or Levi Sivers tweaked out positions.

It’s all down to speed and commitment. Going off a steep piece of chop, swell or a wave across the wind or just upwind means you float more and a simple push will straighten it all out.

 
 
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KEY PARTS

  • Unhook and hang – Getting the board settled and keeping speed ready for the weight transference.
  • Heels to toes – Moving the weight from carving upwind on your heels to falling on top of the rig with weight on your toeside.
  • Shove it – Bringing the rig forward and upright in order to get you over the board and ready to land the move. This is also crucial in slowing your forward momentum.
  • Touch down and exit – Bringing the tail down and underneath you in order to land tail first and getting the rig forward and body back so as to keep speed on exit

PRACTICE

Go for really aggressive backside hits and focus on falling over onto your toeside whilst pushing out on your back hand. You can try the shuvit whilst riding as you get the feeling of the weight change. As you commit more you may get some air and will probably land out the back of the wave.

A variety of conditions are best for trying for the move. In sideshore conditions with swell, spot a good ramp in front and upwind and aim to meet it whilst keeping good speed. Or in cross-onshore conditions with small waves aim to hit a ramp going out. Essentially though its all about speed, timing and lots of commitment. As you do it more you start to feel the move.  

FUNDAMENTALS

Popping – Keeping crouched will enable you to keep speed and ready for the weight change.

Rig away – Whilst you are on top of the rig it is important the rig away on extended arms in order to bring you over the board to exit.

Looking – looking forward will keep speed and allow you to spot your ramp. After the weight change you can look down the boom to open the hips to get more of a tweak once you get more confident.

   
  UNHOOK AND HANG
     

Ensure you are well powered and with good speed. It is easier on small boards and sails – on a 4.7 and 78 FSW here. Look ahead and slightly upwind for a ramp. You are aiming to meet the ramp whilst keeping speed.

 

Unhook and hang off the boom on extended arms.

HEELS TO TOES

As you go to meet the ramp the rig goes back and in and the body moves forward.  This brings you on to your heelside and turning towards the wind. Check out how much the sail is sheeted in and how my shoulders have moved forward and dropped down.

   

As the nose goes up the chop fully commit and start to lie over the sail. Keep that rig back and in and body forward. The weight is now going over your toeside.

 

   

As the nose gets air look to really fall over the sail, this will bring the tail up. The sail is still sheeted in.  Do not push on the rig yet!!!

   

Now we are talking. As you are now airborne you can now start to push on the rig through your backhand to give you some float. From here try to kick out your your back leg and you can get more tweak if you look down the boom.

  SHUVIT
In order to stop you going out the front door, i.e. slow down your momentum, you carry on following through with the back arm into the shoving position.  The front arm extends to bring the rig more upright and get you back over the board. It is a sweeping motion with the aim of directing both arms towards the nose of the board.
   

With the rig moving forwards and upright you come over the board and are able to direct the back of the board down and aim for a tail first landing.

  EXIT

Upon touch down get the body down and back and open the sail to power you up. Scissor your legs and push down through your toes to bear you away for a speedy exit.

   

What can I say, hook in and claim it. Keep at it – this move rocks.

Hot Tip

  • Keeping your hands closer together allows you to push harder and get the rig lower.

   
SUMMARY

  1. Spot ramp
  2. Unhook and hang
  3. Go full speed
  4. Rig goes back and in as moves forward and out
  5. Weight shifts to heels as sail continues coming in
  6. Fall over onto your toeside
  7. Lay on top of sail
  8. Begin to push on sail with backhand
  9. Kick out with back leg
  10. Continue shoving rig forwards towards nose through extending arms
  11. Get over board and direct tail down
  12. Land tail first
  13. Open rig and bear board away

FAULT ANALYSIS

You do a pretty weak donkey kick – commit more and focus on falling on top of the sail NOT jumping the board.

Go out the front door into a vulcan – as the tail comes out and up you must start pushing on the backhand to bring you over the board.

Get stuck over the board and slow down – take off more across the wind and not so far into the wind.

You are shuving it but it’s not that radical – look down the boom and kick out with a straight back leg.

You need to make yourself uncomfortable in order to move forward, get comfortable with uncertainty – Joe from Tony Robbins companies.

 
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