Playing With Your New Rola-Bola
Benjamin Schoenberg describes what you can do on your new rola
First get real comfortable with the normal rola bola action. When you
are able to hold your upper body still and let your legs swing back
and forth from hips, then you should be able to add juggling, with
almost the same proficiency as on the ground. Here are some tricks
for rola bola, in approximate order of difficulty. Be careful! I've
gotten hurt (minorly) on some of these.
Things I cannot do:
- Pick up a club from the ground in front of you.
- Jump off, just as someone jumps on. (Start facing the same way,
moving forward, then vary this.)
- Gradually move your feet toward each other (by hopping or sliding
them). Can you get them to meet in the middle? (This is a dangerous
- Turn your feet so that they're pointing to one end of the board.
Surf! Can you flatten your back foot and put equal weight on it?
(This is a quarter-turn.)
- Jump quarter-turn.
- Jump half-turn.
- Replace the roller with a lacrosse ball. Now you have freedom of
movement in the entire horizontal plane. Use your heels and toes to
control it. When you get this without the board touching the ground,
it looks like you're hovering!
- Replace the lacrosse ball with a bowling ball.
- Regular rola bola on one foot. The foot should be perpendicular
to the roller for maximum control. You can start with the other foot
on the ground and press up into it, or you can start in the
quarter-turn and roll into it.
- Walk the plank. Start as above with the foot at the back, and
keep placing the next foot in front as you your weight forward.
- Double rola bola. Get a second roller and place it under the
first one, pointing perpendicular to the first. This is similar to
the bowling ball. Use help to begin!
There are lots of creative uses for the rola bola. Another thing I've
heard of is doing bounce tricks off the board, between the legs, etc.
- Add more rollers. These are not placed horizontally (which would
add more instability), but are pointing up and down, and used as
"spacers" between the regular rollers. You could add up to three more
- Jump full turn.
- Handstand. Do not try this until you have tremendous arm
strength, and are very comfortable pressing to handstand on the floor.
Press up, don't kick up. I came down on my head once, practicing
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