How To Frontside Cork 540

How To Frontside Cork 540

Frontside Cork 540's have to be one of the best feeling tricks in snowboarding. This combination of flip and spin is easy on the eyes, and surprisingly easy in general after you get the feeling for it.

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(Narrating/Riding: Chase Baines Film/Edit: Adison MacDonald. Filmed At: Whistler Blackcomb & Whistler Bounce)

Get Confident. Get Committed.

Before attempting Frontside Cork 540's, make sure you have good flat Frontside 5's and have some experience with inverts like Backflips and Wildcats.

Getting comfortable with Backflips will make commitment much easier 

The Proper Set Up

There are 4 points to keep in mind when setting up:

  1. Roll in with a classic Frontside set up carve.
  2. Lean back as you reach the lip and pop from your heel edge and tail.
  3. Kick your back leg in the direction of your lead shoulder.
  4. Drop your lead shoulder into a back flipping motion as you initiate your Frontside spin.
Pop, Kick, Drop and Turn 

Flip Don't Trip!

When you start to flip, commit to it and follow all the way through. Trying to bail out of an invert halfway can be dangerous.

What Grab?!

Indy grab is a crowd favourite for learning Frontside Corks, but in the end it's all up to you. You may want to try it with an indy grab, or stick to the grab your most comfortable spinning Frontside with.

  Keep your other arm out to help control your flip.

Spins To Do. Landings to See.

Spotting the landing is pretty easy on this one. Simply turn your head in the direction of the spin and look past your lead arm and shoulder. If your head and upper body are initiating into the correct axis, you should be able to see your landing almost as soon as you leave the lip.

The landing is pretty much visible all the way around

The Frontside Cork can be a little intimidating at first. If you have the foundations down, it will get easier and easier as you become more comfortable spotting your landing. Now get out there and pop your cork!

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