Base lies on back with legs bent and feet raised. Top stands with back toward base and with feet near buttocks of base. Placement of baseís feet: behind thighs with toes on lowest part of buttocks of top (center of feet below topís center of gravity). Hold hands. Base should bend legs only the minimum amount to allow lifting top to balanced position. (Figure 2A)
Top must lean backwards as base extends legs. Soon after beginning leg extension, base tells top to lean forward and hands are released. After balancing top person, base extends legs as straight as possible. Top is sitting as in a straight chair, with knees and hips bent at right angles and arms straight and perpendicular to body. (After this position is learned, top can achieve an L-position with knees straight and toes pointed.) (Figure 2B)
Stunt ends with base lowering straight legs and returning top to feet on ground.
Spotting: Spotter stands to one side and holds upper arm of top with two hands.
Lead-up: Top can practice L-position by sitting on floor with legs straight and together, upper body vertical, and straight arms extended laterally.
Note: Top will probably feel insecure about first leaning backwards and then releasing hands and returning upper body to vertical. The timing and coordination of this action has to be learned through practice.
Variation 1: In ending the stunt, as soon as topís feet touch the ground, he/she performs a forward roll.
Variation 2: After coming to a stand at the end of the stunt, top and base grasp hands and top pulls base to his/her feet.