One of the most underrated tricks in Snowboarding. A simple trick, done well it can show the true sign of a stylish, accomplished rider.
The basics of the trick are taking off regular and then landing switch. It will be one of the first rotations learnt but will take time, energy and love to perfect.
Once mastered , it’s is great for testing that first rotation of a slightly bigger kicker or trying a spin in the backcountry. The trick can be performed off the toe or heel edge.
On the run into the kicker you want to keep that central feel on your board. Don’t allow the weight to be too over the front foot or be sitting back over the tail. Think a nice 50% on the front and 50% on the back foot.
Keep the upper body relaxed , aligned , strong core and the eyes focusing on the kicker.
We want to be timing our run in so we have rolled onto the heel edge at point of take off .
Hold the line off the kicker and pop , don’t be too hasty and rotate too early. A frontside 180 is a small rotation so you don’t need to throw the trick too hard on takeoff. Remember to throw the head , shoulders, core at the same time , these movements want to blend together
Stay relaxed and compact in the air . Push your knees out over your boots to create that all important triangle shape or house with the lower half of the body. Try and make movements that are smooth and stylish.
Grabs can add stability into any trick . The picture below shows the rider grabbing melon which helps with the rotation.
Keep your eye line watching the spot you want to land on. If you open the head up and keep looking around with the rotation then you will over rotate the trick. By locking the eye line on the spot you want to land then you will block the rotation and land on this spot.