Head Down Carve Switch


Once you can perform head down carves comfortably, you will utilize those skills with some additional instruction to learn how to carve from one direction to another direction or from one visual to another seamlessly.

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Before learning to switch between carves you should have learned to both the in-face and out-face carve, preferably in both directions. Switching between carves can easily make you unstable and disoriented so, you should have good balance and awareness in these orientations before trying to switch between them.


Your objectives in mastering this skill should be the following:

o   Your goal should be to learn the different ways to switch between out-face and in-face carving.

o   When performing the switches, aim to maintain control and manage your level in the tunnel.

o   As you gain some skill you should attempt to switch with some accuracy at specific points in the tunnel. 

Post-flight questions / suggestions

·      Were you able to switch and stay stable?

·      Can you switch directions with accuracy?

·      Did you maintain a good body position through out the techniques?


Now that you have learned to switch directions you should try to add level changes to your switches. Try flying with another flyer and both of you switch between carves together. You can also learn the next skill: belly and back flares.