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As talked about in the first video, these position allow us to more powerfully complete atypical combinations.  This technique allows a tricker to access a swingthrough-like motion into an axis that would normally require a carrythrough transition, while simultaneously changing their line.  However, this transition is not a swingthrough or carrythrough transition.  This transition is by definition, a missleg.  This is even alluded to in the video when talking about “fake-semi” rapid raiz.  Rapid is the cousin of the missleg, and is essentially nothing more than a very fast missleg.  The direction of momentum in the hips and in-air leg must be deflected, rather severely in many cases, in order to create the desired effect.  This is indicative of a missleg transition, and essentially identical to the example of the webster missleg gainer talked about here.  The hyper landing in a “flamingo” position, or “fake-semi”, still has the hips driving forward and under, while the shoulders are rising, creating an inside or backward flip.  Even when done on an extremely low flat spin, this basic principle is occurring.  However, in order to raiz, the shoulders typically drop, and the hips raiz behind oneself, requiring an outside or forward flip.  These two cannot happen in sequence without deflecting energy, such as a missleg typical does, and cannot fulfill the basic definition of a swingthrough, where the momentum is maintained in a linear fashion.

These “fake” positions can also be used to manipulate a landing position or connecting transition to maintain the line of momentum as well, though this is still a mostly unexplored concept.  For example, by landing in a “fake semi” position, the performer could vanish into backswinging invert, or a swinging vert kick from approximately backside, or perform a cheat takeoff, creating a reversal transition.  By adding on-ground adjustments, a number of new and unexplored combinations can be discovered.  By landing in “fake hyper”, or a semi position more closely resembling an “eagle”, such as in a semi-double butterfly, a tricker can efficiently carrythrough (stance change + swingthrough) into wrap and master type tricks and maintain their line of momentum.  There are a huge number of possibilities that have yet to be explored, but will become relevant in time.

Arguably, the point of the video is really to demonstrate a modification to our thinking.  It’s an approach to landings to create something new, or different; it’s about creating more options, regardless of how we as individuals phrase them.


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