The 180 is generally the first trick to learn in kneeboarding.
Start out by getting directly behind the boat. A longer line will give you more area to spin on. Use a palms down grip. Pull the handle to your waist and let go with one hand. Rotate backwards while keeping the handle as close to your waist as possible. When you get into the backward position, grab the handle with your free hand. You did it! Now, let go with the same hand and spin back to the front.
Some things to remember:
Always look at the horizon. In other words, don’t look down; keep your head up. Looking down will throw off your balance and cause the board to bounce out of control while backward.
The initial pulling of the handle to your waist will cause slack in the line, which enables you to turn around quicker and easier.
Keep the handle close to your waist at all times or else you won’t be able to reach the handle when backward.
If you bounce a lot while backward, you may be leaning forward too much and/or you may be looking down.
The next step:
Perform surface 180’s outside of the wake.
Try doing a surface 180 with both hands on the handle at all times. Pull in to your waist as usual with a palms down grip. Spin around and pretend to tuck the handle into your back pocket. Hold it backwards for a short time and then spin back around. By using the “both hands” method, you will be preparing yourself for a wake 180.