How to Tailpress Backside 180

How to Tailpress Backside 180

The Tailpress Back 1, is the sister trick to the Tailpress Front 1. It's important to have Tailpress Front 1's on lock before you attempt this trick, as most people find a Tailpress Back 1 more difficult to execute. 50-50 Back 1's are also a good way to practice as they will give you the same feeling as a counter rotated Back 1 out.

(Narating/Riding: Nev Lapwood, Mike Barton, Filmer: Vince Emond, Filmed at: Whistler Blackcomb)

You can simulate this trick on snow by doing a Tail Butter Back 1. This buttering trick requires the exact same physical movements as a Tailpress Back 1, but doing this on boxes/rails requires precise timing and a flat base.

How to Tailpress Backside 180
Buttering the trick will help you lock in this trick. Try to use a flat base. 

When attempting this trick for the first time, start with a small easy box to get comfortable with the movements. While doing the Tailpress, rotate your arms and shoulders towards the tail of your board, while still trying to look forward in the direction you're going. Keep the nose of your board pointing forward, and only begin to spin the Backside 180 at the end of the feature. This can be a very awkward position at first and can take some practice getting used to.

How to Tailpress Backside 180
Keeping your eyes locked on to the end of the feature will keep you from rotating too early

The Back 1 out uses counter rotation, so your position at the end of the feature is crucial. Your upper body needs to be twisted towards the tail of your board so you can snap a counter rotated Back 1 off the end. 

How to Tailpress Backside 180
Counter rotating your upper body will make spinning a Backside 180 much easier

Once your riding hits a certain skill level, you will begin to unconsciously know where the end of the feature is and won't need to be looking for it to time your exit. The counter rotated Back 1 happens quickly and you must stomp it with a blind landing! 

How to Tailpress Backside 180
Locking in the blind landing is key, to prevent reverting and making the trick look sick.   

This trick can be done with either an Ollie or Nollie, to get on to the feature. Some riders prefer to Nollie on, as it helps them hold their press longer, but it's important to experiment with this and find out what works best for you. 

Practicing these movements on a Jib Board and Balance Bar will make transitioning the trick to snow even easier. Not only will this help you hold your press longer, but it will get you used to the feeling of popping a counter rotated Back 1 from the Tailpress position. 

How to Tailpress Backside 180
Popping from a pressed position can be difficult, the better you can hold the press, the easier it is to pop

There you have it. That's everything you need to know to start stomping Tailpress Back 1's on snow. Remember, if you're not as experienced on rails, start with practicing Tail Butter Back 1's then from here bring them to small boxes and once you start to progress, start trying them on bigger features like rails and tubes!  

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Mason Copeland
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