With the launch of Dagger's new Jitsu playboat we wanted to give you some new skills to work on in your shiny new freestyle ripping machines. Over the course of this year Katya and I will be producing monthly how-to videos to help you progress your freestyle skills. The first one here is on how to do one of our favourite moves: the phonics monkey.
What is it?
It's a 360 degree vertical spin linked into a front loop. It looks very spectacular, is one of the highest scoring moves and also one of the hardest to master.
Step Five: When you see that marker jump up on your toes into your standard looping position & then kick your feet out straight ahead of you in the direction of that upstream marker. The more aggressive the better at this point.
Finish by getting some forwards strokes in to stay in the hole
How to make sure it scores?
Try to start at a low angle and build up continuously to vertical. Timed correctly this will give you the biggest air and make sure the judges like it
Make sure you keep the loop nice and straight at the end. (Spot your marker & kick your feet out in front when you finish the Loop)
Things to watch out for:
Going vertical too soon
Taking too much speed into the move (that just means you'll go vertical too soon)
Reaching out too far on the cross bow. Again this will mean you go vert too soon or hurt your shoulder
Get out there and have a go, be patient it will probably be a gradual process mastering this move, but very satisfying when you get it. Good Luck, Pringle & Katya
About the author
About the author
James ‘Pringle’ Bebbington
You might know him as Pringle, or simply as James, but he’s been tearing up the freestyle kayaking scene at home in Europe and around the world for many years now. Having been a leading figure in the British freestyle scene, James honed his big water freestyle skills on Uganda’s White Nile.