Barrel Rolls are one of the more uncommon ways to backflip. The angles of your jump and landing make stomping this one consistently a little difficult. With that said, it's a good way to start getting more comfortable going upside down and it's the perfect stepping stone for tricks like the Backside Rodeo 540.
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(Narrating/Riding: Chase Baines. Film/Edit: Vince Emond. Filmed At: Whistler Blackcomb & Whistler Bounce)
The Barrel Roll is one of the weirder ways to backflip on a snowboard and it takes a fair bit of confidence to commit to. It's a good idea to practice backflips on a trampoline and even get your wildcat backflips on lock before you try barrel rolls.
Essentially, there's 4 main tips to landing your first Barrel Roll:
1. Line Up Those Shoulders
Barrel Roll Backflips are done by keeping your shoulders in line with your nose and tail and flipping over your heel edge.
Notice how Chase is going straight back over that heel edge.
2. Keep Your Base Flat and Arch Your Back
Pop with a flat base and arch your back, throwing your upper body and head into the flip while jumping straight upwards.
Arch your back as much as possible, even if you are as flexible as a Bodyboard.
3. Keep Ya Head Up
When you start to rotate, look up! This will let you spot your landing about halfway through the flip.
Keep those eyes on the prize.
4. Control the Speed of Your Flip
Stay extended and flip slowly. When you can see the landing, engage your core muscles and pull your legs toward the ground. Dig your toe edge in to help you stop your momentum.
Spot and STOMP!
There you go! Get out there and "DO A BARREL ROLL". Oh, and stay tuned for the upcoming release of How To Frontside Cork 540!
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