A Real Back Camel Spin
I’ve been on the struggle bus with the back camel spin. For whatever reason, my body refuses to get itself into the right position for the spin to work. My free leg goes off to the side, my body doesn’t want to bend forward, and I cannot hook the spin at all. I watch Jason Brown’s back camel and just sigh. It’s a thing a beauty, unlike my sad attempts.
One morning, I went to freestyle, and as I was getting ready to turn in my freestyle passes, the ice monitor stopped me. She said that the ice was bad, so my session was free. Huh. This hasn’t happened before. Once I stepped onto the ice, I knew why the session was free. The ice was worse than a 6-hour public session with no Zamboni cut in between. The grooves and snow on the ice were so bad that if you fell, you’d cut yourself from the choppy ice and end up in the hospital. And I’m not exaggerating.
I knew that my blades would be dull after that session. So I contacted my blade guy and asked him to take a look. He took a quick glance and said that my blades were bad. After he returned them to me, I tried another attempt at the horrendous back camel spin, just for fun. And to my surprise, this is what happened:
Well, what do you know? It just took a good blade sharpening to get my edges to work! This is probably one of the best back camel spins I’ve done to date. Just so you know, I haven’t done one this good since!! Ha ha ha!
Hopefully the improved spin is here to stay, but I may need to get my blades sharpened again in order for that to happen.