A Frontside 360 is one complete rotation and this is your complete guide to dialling them in. While it is considered a relatively easy spin trick in snowboarding, it is extremely difficult when sending it huge and keeping it smooth. Learn all the tips below:
(Narrating/Riding: Chase Baines. Film/Edit: Adison MacDonald. Filmed At: Whistler Bounce)
Creating A Front 3
Creating spin momentum comes from combining a series of body movements at the right time. This rotational motion begins in your shoulders and head, then continues all the way down through your core muscles into your hips and legs as you extend into your bounce.
Pre-wind is key.
Bring it together by connecting your upper and lower body while spinning.
Finish strong by putting down your landing gear.
It's All About The Timing
Timing these movements between the point of contact and the point of release on the trampoline is the key to getting a proper initiation. When you initiate into the spin, keep your chin high and look just above your shoulder in the Frontside direction. Keeping your head high as you turn your head and shoulders into the spin will help your body stay upright. If your head and upper body are in an upright position, you'll create a stable flat rotation.
Keep your head up kid.
Sucking Up Those Knees
After you pop from the trampoline and begin rotating, pull your knees up. This will engage your core muscles in the air and reconnect your upper and lower body. Having a strong connection between your upper and lower body helps to maintain momentum, ultimately keeping your spin smooth and stylish.
Blind landings are scary at first, but become fun when you have them on lock.
Putting Down The Landing Gear
The landing on a Frontside 360 is what we refer to as a blind landing. This means you will be spotting the trampoline behind you as your body follows through with the spin, completing the 360.
Make your 3's look like this.
Your line of sight is the key to landing the full rotation. If your line of sight is locked at a certain point in front of you, your body will be unable to rotate past 180 degrees. If you're looking down at the trampoline, it can put you off balance in the air. Get familiar to the feeling of spotting the trampoline behind you at 180 degrees and you will be stomping Frontside 360's in no time!
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