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Duane Godfrey: One Foot Turns, A Work in Progress

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

So, I had hoped to finish off the toe-up practice stuff with an accompanying video…but haven’t filmed a video…hence a different topic: Setting up one foot turns

I remember a number of years back at Gliding Soles, that Keith told me about a better way of executing one foot turns. He explained that Eugene Sam had come up with the idea of turning like a stork with the raised foot pinned to the calf of the pivot leg. Keith said it was sound advice and that he was changing his technique.

We had all previously learned the one foot turn as holding one foot BSP, foot straight out front, and then executing the turn by turning the free foot from toes up (front) to toes down (back). This way worked for me (basic only) and my own particular thought was to reach the back px thinking of pointing my heel at the boat – to aid in not flailing the leg. However, I tend to overturn and I am sold on the advice of WBC of pinning the free leg because it will solve important aspects of the turn. When you pin foot to your calf, it forces you to turn with the correct forces and it is harder to throw the turn. Therefore, it is not comfortable when you have previously used other body parts/actions to throw the turn. As recently explained by David Small, the position feels awkward but one eventually adjusts, and the turns become much better controlled. It is better controlled because it
A. forces the proper use of the hips and
B. eliminates a flailing free leg throwing off the C of G hence losing balance….a flailing free leg is a lot of weight/force/distraction to contend with. Watch Ashleigh Stebbeings turn – very little movement, totally compact.

When I see falls from just basic one foots, it is a rarity that the fall occurs while standing on one: it is when the free leg contacts the water; therefore it is imperative that the foot goes back down with as much caution/rhythm as when it is lifted…same thing for turns. Putting the foot down early aborts the turn and will likely cause a fall or if lucky, just downgrade the turn. I am finding by trial and error that the penalty/faceplant for putting down early is not worth the unnecessary caution. Hiking the free leg, especially in the b-f, provides less opportunity to drop down and increases commitment.

I think a lot about skiing at home and what I want to try when I get back to FL. My f-b’s are overthrown and causes the free leg to flail hence adding to an imbalance and a battle to get balance at the back, therefore it is wasted time and setting up for failure. So, I need to setup and keep the free foot glued…relax..don’t overturn…stick the “landing” at the back px by coming down/cushioning. (Another tip from Mr. Small) For b-f (the harder turn and should be higher point value), I need different thoughts for my particular weaknesses -ie being pulled out of position, dropping the free leg, slow to regrab the handle, dropping the “free” shoulder, and being a wimp. Therefore setup with knee hiked, hold the shin flex all the way, and visualize success and the perfect front px. When I let go, keep looking back, hold up free shoulder while hiking the raised knee even higher, maintain strong shoulder, KEEP EYES OPEN, when coming to the front keep that handle in, ensure good knee bend and get that handle……C’mon you can do this as long as you keep that free leg raised HIGH!!!!

The above are what I think of for training and visualization. Then I will have to come up with one or two execution thoughts based on how it’s going and what I need. Finally, when the time comes, I am fortunate to have on-the-scene advice from WBC. You will have your own issues and lists.

Meanwhile I am sold on the pinned free leg concept and will work hard at trying to make my mind and body adjust.

I love this sport!

By: Duane Godfrey

Visualizing one foot turns