How to Spin Backside on a Snowboard

How to Spin Backside on a Snowboard
Before you can really go out and master the more difficult tricks of snowboarding, you need to get comfortable with some basic spins. Begin with a simple 180 and then you can advance to the 360, 540 and so on. A backside 180 is one in which the heelside of your board is on the outside of the rotation; for regular-footed riders, this means that you're rotating clockwise. Goofy riders will be turning counterclockwise.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Practice on flat snow first. A 180 requires minimal rotation and can be done pretty easily on flat snow without the need for any major air. Practice a bit and get comfortable with the motion and rotation needed to land a 180.
Step 2
Find a small jump or roller. As you saw in Step 1, you don't need much height; so don't go for a large, intimidating jump. Stick with something small that you can approach with comfort and confidence. All you need is a foot or 2 of air.
Step 3
Ride down and approach the jump. Maintain decent speed, but stay in control. Keep your knees bent, weight centered and body low.
Step 4
Keep a little pressure on the toeside edge and ride straight up the jump as you get to the base of the jump. When you come to the peak, push off the toeside edge, spring into the jump with your knees and turn your front shoulder, hip and knee inward to initiate the backside spin. Rotate your head with your board.
Step 5
Keep your knees bent for landing and line the board up so that it points down the fall line. Look down to scope out the landing, and watch as you touch down on the snow. If you've done it smooth, you'll land and keep riding. If not, you'll catch edge, eat some snow and get up and try again.

Tips & Warnings

 
Get comfortable riding switch before attempting the 180. As you advance to the 360 and more difficult spins, you'll need to wind your body back before you jump. This way you can unload enough force to finish all rotations.
 
Get comfortable riding switch before attempting the 180.
 
As you advance to the 360 and more difficult spins, you'll need to wind your body back before you jump. This way you can unload enough force to finish all rotations.
 
Don't spin your head around to look forward, or your body will follow and you may over-rotate. Allow your head to rotate naturally with your body, and look down at the snow to find your landing rather than forward.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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