We all want to jump high, but before you can master the floaty jump you need to get your chop hop nailed. Here Andy Bubble Chambers, who just taught us how to waterstart, shows us how to chop hop in 8 easy steps.
Ideal conditions: 15-25 knots, powered-up, small chop.
Ideal equipment: small freeride or crossover-boards.
Required skill level: planing, using the footstraps.
Learn to fly – and to do so you need to be powered up! Try to choose a place where there is some chop or a bit of swell around.
1. Without maximum speed your board will get stuck at the water, like chewing gum on your shoes, so make sure you have as much speed as possible. Scan the water-surface for a small, steep piece of chop.
2. Before Bubble hits his chosen chop, he turns slightly more upwind towards the chop and brings his upper body more inboard to a more upright position.
3-4. Just before Bubble hits the chop, he compresses his body like a coiled spring and puts some pressure on the tail, which causes the nose to lift. If at this point you sometimes have trouble with spinout, try to be upright before you jump, this will result in a downward pressure. If you‘re still leaning out while trying to take off, you will push the tail sideways and cause the fin to loose grip.