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  1. Flowbee-and-FungSchway 
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    Mobes - Flowbee and Fung Schway

    These mobes are very similar, which is why I chose to put them on the same page. If you learn one, you will be close to learning the other.

    The difference is rider position relative to the boat, and the path that the foil travels. If the rider is close to even with the boat (way out wide), the foil tends to go straight up and over like a gainer. This is a Flowbee. If the rider is further back on the boat, closer to the wake, the foil tends to swing over and out a bit, much like a roll. This is a Fung Schway. The two tricks are very similar in all other aspects, so this tutorial will begin with learning the Flowbee.

    Learning the Flowbee

    The Take Off

    Arguably the most important part of the Flowbee is the take off. If you miss it, then you will be hard pressed to land the trick at the end.
    To take off correctly, you want to be forward on the boat, in 'gainer territory'. You also want to have foil speed going, as well as line tension, see riding in the arc for a full explanation. When you initiate the jump, perform it the same way you would a gainer, except, after the foil has exited the water, bring your shoulders forward and begin to stall the roll. If it helps, try to grab the board up by your feet momentarily. This should get you forward on the foil. You will find that almost all (if not all) mobes require the body position to be more forward than normal. For a cut, start just outside the wake on the side you want to throw the trick on.

    Learning the Flowbee Drift

    This step is important in the Flowbee process for several reasons. First, it teaches you how to use the line tension to initiate the spin, rather than 'throwing' your upper body trying to get around. The result of using the line to spin will create reproducible results and get the rider to become solid at the trick, while the result of the latter will end up in the rider getting off-axis and into very painful crashes.

    Upon takeoff, after the body has come forward, the handle should be in the outside hand (the hand furthest from the boat), and low by the waist. As the foil leaves the water, the line will begin to increase and begin the spin of the rider. The nose of the board will begin to turn inwards towards the boat, and the rider will be headed upside down. Sound scary? It's really not too bad. Once the rider is inverted, regrab the handle with your inside hand and pull the nose back to straight. You will in fact have done a gainer with a 1/4 turn. Again, this is an important step to progress through, as it will teach you awareness in two axis' as well as line control. This is much like the drift in the FS 360 tutorial.

    Moving to the 'Bail out Point'

    There is one point during the trick where it is fairly consistently safe to bail out if things are going wrong. It just so happens, that is the next point in the progression. What I call the bail out point is much like the 360 bail out Point. The rider will be facing backwards from the direction of travel, and upright (or approaching upright).

    After you have mastered the Flowbee Drift, it is time to let the foil pass vertical and do a full 180 degree spin. This will put the rider vertically upright, with what was the outside hand (the one holding the rope) towards the boat. To get to here, simply maintain your position as you do the Flowbee Drift. After the vertical upside down point, and the foil begins to descend from overhead, you will feel a sharp bump in the rope, as the line tension returns. When this happens, let the boat take the rope out of your hands, and look to 'where you have been'. In other words, you should see the remains of the boat wake in front of you, and hear the boat driving off behind you. The foil will enter the water, and the rider will slow to a stop. If you slam your head backwards in this step, you are not getting far enough forward for the trick.

    Measuring mastery of this step will be the ability to safely hit this point without any bad crashes, as well as be aware and 'see' things during the trick.

    In the attached photo, the bump is coming. Notice that my head is already turned to begin looking for the water, and the handle is low. Also notice that my shoulders are forward.

    The final 180 Degrees

    As with all tricks, landing them is the hard part, and this one is no exception. There is a 'rough' point after 270 degrees of spin, where the rider is facing away from the boat, spinning to face forward, and the foil is vertical that can be very painful if any of the above process is rushed.

    After the 'tug' on the line before the bail out point, it is time to bring the handle across the back, keeping it tightly in, next to the lower part of your back. The tighter the handle is to your body, the faster you will rotate. If you are consistently under rotating the spin portion of this trick, you are letting the handle 'out' away from your body too much. As you bring the handle across your back, don't immediately grab with the other hand. Turn your head to begin spotting your landing, and let the line do the work. As you come around and are facing forward, the foil should be headed down as if coming in for a swoop combination trick (it will feel like the invert has been under rotated), and pointing away from the boat slightly. Pass the handle. This will create a little bit of slack in the line, and give you a chance to get your other hand on it before the boat yanks it away.

    Troubleshooting this trick

    Problem: You are landing on your side, with the tbar of the foil pointing towards the boat, yet you are facing forward, or close to forward, you are over rotating the gainer portion of this trick.
    Fix: This is classic over-rotation. Kill the invert on take off by getting forward

    Problem: You are under rotating the invert and landing 'nose heavy' and landing on your face
    Fix: You have killed too much of the roll. Try putting a little more 'gainer' oomph into the take off. Don't try to fix this by not moving forward on the take-off.

    Problem: You are under rotating the spin, and landing facing away from the boat. Your landings hurt very bad.
    Fix: At some point in the trick, you are letting the handle out. Film, and pay close attention to handle position during take off, and again after the bump you feel at the Bail Out Point.

    Problem: You are surprised by the landing
    Fix: As you bring the rope across the small of your back (after the Bail out point), turn your head towards the direction of spin (and invert) and begin looking for the water. Basically, you will want to look down and just inside what will be your inside leg once you land. (much like the front flip landing)

    Learning the Fung Schway

    For the most part, you want to approach this trick exactly the same way.
    The differences will be:

    • start the cut on the opposite side of the wake. This will give you time to generate foil speed because you are going to be throwing the trick closer to the wake.
    • Use the Arc method as you swing around to about 45 degrees relative to the path of boat direction.
    • Initiate the trick with line tension. When beginning, be careful of too much line. This trick is easier with more line tension, and the line tension will help you get higher. Getting higher will give you much more time to complete the trick, and let you slow it down a bit, but it will also increase the pain factor of the trick.
    • At the bump just before the bail out point, I have found it to help to bring you around a little more if you pull against the line. This point is personal taste, and I wouldn't bother to argue with anyone about it.


    and a different angle - this one didn't ski away, but look for handle position, and angle of the board on entry.
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