Frontside 360's are tonnes of fun, whether it's off small jumps or the XL's. Stomping one is for sure one of the best feeling tricks on a snowboard! However, there are three main things that are stopping people from landing their 360's every time. In this tutorial, we will take a look at the three most common Frontside 360 problems and what you can do to improve them!
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(Narrating/Riding: Nev Lapwood. Filmed At: Whistler Blackcomb)
Bad Entry Path
An entry path is obviously a critical component to any trick in the park as it sets up the momentum for the rest of trick. For a Frontside 360, you want to time your carves so that when you're just at the lip of the jump and taking off, you're facing straight.
Look at that little beauty entry path!
Sometimes what happens is riders will carve too far and end up already spinning some of the 360 and "scrubbing" off the lip of the jump. This problem will totally kill your momentum and air stability, not to mention you'll lose all of your speed. Maintain a good setup carve into the jump and you'll be sweet!
Over-Rotating The Spin
This problem is very common with Frontside 360s. What happens is, riders will throw their 360, try and spot their landing and end up over-rotating their trick and reverting out. The simple fix to this is commitment. It's definitely scary not being able to see your landing on a snowboard, but to fix this problem you will have to land your Frontside 360's with a blind landing.
Notice how Nev is looking at the knuckle as he is about to land. This will stop you over rotating.
There are two classic problems that you will see that mess up spins. You'll see the people that wave their arms everywhere in the air, and the people that are super straight legged throughout the jump.
A messy looking Front 3.
Practicing off the snow will improve a riders style a bunch. A lot of the time, it helps people huge just getting used to the feeling of spinning. Go to a trampoline facility and literally spin hundreds of Frontside 360s just to get used to the momentum. Next time you're on snow, it will be much, much better.
Quieten down those arms and you may even be able to grab.
A clean Frontside 360 is an absolute staple to progression. It's tons of fun to do off almost any feature on the mountain or in the park. Learn them and master them the correct way and you will have a much easier time learning bigger tricks in the future.
3 Tips To 360's - A Review:
1. Get a clean run in/entry path to the jump. Don't underestimate the importance of your setup carve!
2. Don't over rotate. Use the blind landing technique for Front 360s!
3. Calm down! Keep everything controlled and practice the movement over and over!
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