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Back Carving

This is the fourth video in IBA’s Dynamic Progression ‘how-to’ series, Back Carving. Back carving, is a mix of skills that pull from everything that you have learned as a competent back flyer, combining them together carefully to create a balanced and smooth circular motion around the tunnel that will ultimately lead to head up and head down carving.

Before learning how to Back Carve, you will first need to be sure that you are a very comfortable at Back flying, ensuring that you can confidently move in every direction comfortably, without any concern. It will also be helpful to have comfort in flying on your Back while being able to fully rotate your head from one side to the other from a neutral position and then also rotating your head from a neutral, looking upward position, to rotating your head back to look behind you all while maintaining the same position within the flight chamber and not drifting toward the tunnel wall.

Learning Points

  • To carve on your back in a consistent circle around the tunnel with your head toward the center of the tunnel, looking behind you toward the center of the tunnel.
  • To also carve on your back in a constant circle around the tunnel with your head away from the center, close to the tunnel wall and your feet close to the center.
  • Both carving techniques should be done utilizing the correct body positions, with special attention paid to your legs, a long body position when necessary and the correct amount of arch throughout your spine at the appropriate time.
  • The carves should be performed in both directions in order to be considered mastered.

Pick up more tricks & download the full lesson plan here on the IBA website

Other Dynamic Progression Videos

Video 1, Back to belly front flip
Video 2, Back to belly back flip
Video 3, Back to belly back flip