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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Studies In Longboard Dancing: The Chop Category


Studies in Longboard Dancing: The Chop Category


Introduction

The most popular Chop moves are Chop The Wood and Chop The Pan, with latter being a blending of Chop The Wood and Peter Pan moves. What is most interesting about it is how it blends the two moves: by typically hopping from Heelside to Toeside, which allows for more blending possibilities.


Chop 180 Step

A more basic Chop blend is arguably the Chop 180 Step, whence the Chop The Pan may be said to follow. It is a Chop the Wood blended with a 180 Step. It has 16 variants depending on initial stance and carve orientation.


Chop 180 Step Chart

Front-foot Variants
Back-foot Variants
FF HS Chop 180 Step
BF HS Chop 180 Step
Switch FF HS Chop 180 Step
Switch BF HS Chop 180 Step
Fakie FF HS Cross Step
Fakie BF HS Chop 180 Step
Fakie-Switch FF HS Chop 180 Step
Fakie-Switch BF HS Chop 180 Step
FF TS Chop 180 Step
Toeside BF TS Chop 180 Step
Switch FF TS Chop 180 Step
Switch BF TS Chop 180 Step
Fakie FF TS Chop 180 Step
Fakie BF TS Chop 180 Step
Fakie-Switch FF TS Chop 180 Step
Fakie-Switch BF TS Chop 180 Step


Chop Reverse 180 Step

The following are a variation of the Chop 180 Step, where the raised ‘chopping’ foot lands behind the ‘hopping’ foot, rather than in front of it as with the Chop 180 Step. Other than this, they’re the same sort of thing.

Chop Reverse 180 Step Chart

Front-foot Variants
Back-foot Variants
FF HS Chop Reverse 180 Step
BF HS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Switch FF HS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Switch BF HS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Fakie FF HS Reverse Cross Step
Fakie BF HS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Fakie-Switch FF HS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Fakie-Switch BF HS Chop Reverse 180 Step
FF TS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Toeside BF TS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Switch FF TS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Switch BF TS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Fakie FF TS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Fakie BF TS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Fakie-Switch FF TS Chop Reverse 180 Step
Fakie-Switch BF TS Chop Reverse 180 Step


The Chop 180 Step and Chop Reverse 180 Step as 32 unified variants

Insofar as the Chop 180 Step and Chop Reverse 180 Step moves are considered as halves of a single genus, the following must be observed:

As seen in Figure 01 below, the first and second illustrated moves only differ by the 90 degree turn that constitutes the latter half of the moves. And so it is that half of the 32 variants end in the same riding stance whereas the others, the opposite stance.


Figure 01


Half of the variants initiate Heelside (HS) and the others, Toeside (TS). Figure 01’s third move initiates like a TS 180 Step and ends like one stance-wise, but finishes carving differently. All the Chop 180s correspond to two 180 Step moves – one in how it initiates, and one in how it ends. In Figure 01’s FF TS Chop 180 Step, for instance, it initiates like a TS 180 Step and ends like a HS 180 Step.



Figure 02


Half of the variants begin with the front foot (FF) and the others, the back foot (BF). This corresponds to the 180 Step moves; corresponding also in that the rider has access to Normal stance and Fakie-Switch stance moves when riding in Normal Stance – that’s sixteen moves – and Switch stance and Fakie stance moves when riding in Switch stance – that’s the other sixteen. Figure 02’s second move illustrates the execution of a Fakie-Switch stance move while riding in Normal stance. The move looks similar to an “inward 180 step”/Fakie-Switch HS Reverse 180.


Chop The Wood

Chop The Wood, or “chopping the wood”, is most probably the origin of the Chop category. The most common variant is simply the first three frames of Figure 01’s first Chop 180 Step move. It has more than 16 variants depending on initial stance and carve orientation.

The rider can finish the chopping motion with a 180 body varial to land in the opposite stance. In this wise, the rider can ‘land into’ other moves or their intermediate foot-step positions in order to blend and invent moves. For example, doing the common Chop The Log unto landing into a Switch Cross Step move’s cross-legged position. Or the more popular “Chop To Chop…” blending variation that’s used in a Chop To Chop The Pan.


Extension

Chop 180s can be blended with virtually all the other moves of the other categories – namely the Pans, Cross Steps, Sidewinders, pirouettes et cetera. Later articles will be based on such blended moves, hierachized by increasing difficulty in execution.

“Now, Go Practice!”

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