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How to Backside 180 on a snowboard – Heel Edge

Posted on: Oct 26, 2010 Listed in: Freestyle Tips by Chris Skinner

A visual tutorial on how to do a backside 180 on a snowboard off the heel edge.

If you’re come across this by random or just starting out, read the ‘Snowboard trick how to: Intro’ for a solid stance and progression to all other tricks.

The key here is to keep the heel edge gripping until take off. Do this by pulling your toes up inside your boots while at the same time flexing your ankles, knees, hips and spine getting low, ready to ‘pop’ off both feet.

How to backside 180 on a snowboard off the heel edge (regular)
How to do a backside 180 on a snowboard off the heel edge (goofy)

Stages

  1. Setup: Ride across the slope on your heel edge, stay low, centred over both feet, ready to ‘pop’.

    The key here is to keep the heel edge gripping until take off. Do this by pulling your toes up inside your boots while at the same time flexing your ankles, knees, hips and spine getting low, ready to ‘pop’ off both feet.

    Rotate the lead shoulder over the toe edge closing the upper body off to the direction of travel while still gripping with your entire edge. – Frame 1. –

  2. Take off: Extend upwards with both your lower and upper body, popping off the entire edge – both feet at the same time. Rotate your head to look towards the tail and continue the shoulder rotation backside. – Frame 2. –
  3. Trick: In the air, allow your legs and board to follow your upper body rotation, bringing your legs up under you. Keep rotating your shoulders and looking towards your tail ready to spot your landing. – Frame 3. –
  4. Landing: Look down and back towards your tail to spot your landing, extend the legs slightly and land in a solid compact stance. Hold this and keep looking behind you towards your tail for a few feet after landing to prevent a revert.

    When you feel stable, relax back to a normally riding stance looking along your toe edge to bring the head back round. – Frame 4. and onwards-

Tips

  • Practice riding along on your heel edge leaving a single thin track (line) in the snow. Then practice moving from a high into a low position while still maintaining the thin line (look back to check if this is the case)
  • For 180 spins you don’t really need any ‘pre-rotation’, or very little. What I mean by this is the action of winding your arms in the opposite direction to spin and then throwing them forward as you leave the snow.
  • Use a good range of up and down motion to ensure you get good pop.
  • Avoid breaking at the waist, extend upwards with you entire body letting your legs come right up under you.
  • Use an edge on landing to help control any excessive rotation.
  • Look along your toe edge after landing into the new direction of travel. This discourages the tendency to rotate and revert.

To start with practice this trick across the slope – then as you progress and gain more confidence work towards the fall line. Once you are comfortable, try doing this off some small rolling terrain on the mountain.

Challenge:

Try back to back 180’s while carving down the slope. Riding regular, put in a heel edge turn and when you are facing across the hill pop a backside 180 off the heel edge, rotating in the air and land on the heel edge (riding switch now) and complete another heel edge and so on all the way down the hill.

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  1. Great snowboard tips, I will bookmark this site for the upcoming season.