Backside 180’s are a super iconic trick, which can be seen in a tonne of video parts from the very first snowboard films to the epic-est of todays films. In this tutorial we will show you how you can use the Tramp Board to get the movements dialled into your muscle memory, so you can take it straight to the hill.
(Narrating/Riding: Duncan Mainland. Riding: Nev Lapwood. Film/Edit: Vince Emond. Filmed At: Whistler Bounce & Whistler Blackcomb)
What Is A Backside Spin?
A Backside spin is when you approach a jump your normal stance and spin so that your back is facing downhill during the first 90º of the spin. They can be a little more difficult than Frontside 180s because you have to turn your head when you spin and land blind.
The body position of a Backside 180 while in the air.
Stand on the trampoline like you would when you’re snowboarding. As you jump rotate your head, shoulders and hips Backside. Remember, that's the "downhill" direction for the first 90º of the spin.
It is important that during the Backside 180 you turn your head to help initiate the spin. Otherwise you’ll just end up doing a Shifty and while that looks cool, it's not what we're going for here.
Putting Down The Landing Gear
As you spin through the air, try to spot the landing between your legs. But as you touchdown, you want to use a blind landing by looking at your back foot or the tail of your board. This blind landing isn’t as important on the trampoline, but it’ll make a huge difference when you’re on snow, so it’s best to get in the habit now.
If you land on snow looking up it’s really easy to revert and continue to spin on the landing.
The Secret Use Of The Shifty
The other move that’ll help with a smooth landing is using a Shifty to finish the spin. Instead of spinning a full 180 landing aligned over your board, try spinning your upper body just past 90º then finishing the rest of the spin with just your board.
This’ll stop the revert and help you pinpoint the landing exactly where you want it.
Whoop there it is! All the tips you need to start dialling in Backside 180s on the trampoline. Remember, initiate the spin with your head, look back at the tail of your board as you come around for landing and use a little bit of Shifty to stomp it! Happy shredding.
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