3 Keys to Snowboarding Spins
3 keys to snowboarding spins for beginner snowboarders! Snowboarding spins are something you can start to learn even if you’re a beginner. Doing spins by jumping from a static position, or by putting spins into butter tricks. These three keys will build a strong foundation for spinning that you can use at any level.
The first key is create the spin by winding up and rotating your body. For a frontside spin wind up and turn your arms, shoulders and chest toward your boards tail, then rotate and turn toward your boards nose. For the backside spin wind up and turn toward the nose of your board, then rotate and turn towards your tail. The wind up and rotation will create the momentum you need to get your board around 180. An easy way to remember which way to spin is that you always want the nose of your board to spin uphill.
The second key is to get your board into the air by doing a level jump off your board edge. The edge of your board creates a solid platform in the snow to jump from. Practice on a run where there enough of a slope to dig your edge in. For a frontside spin stand on your heel edge, then bend your knees and jump even off both feet. If you jump level from your heels then your board will be level in the air, and you’ll land level on your toe edge.
For the backside snowboarding spins stand on your toe edge, bend your knees and jump even off both feet to get your board into the air and land level on your heel edge. Balance is also key while jumping, so make sure you jump staight up into the air. And keep your weight centered over your board with your back fairly straight and knees bent.
The third key for snowboarding spins is to perfectly time the rotation and jump together. When you have the timing right your 180’s will come around smooth and feel effortless. Time your frontside spin by winding your upper body up, then waiting until the end of the rotation to jump your board into the air. By waiting until the end you’ll be able to use the full momentum of the wind up and rotation to spin the 180 around. Same for the backside spin. Winding up your body, bending your knees and waiting until the end of the rotation to jump into the air.
By using these three keys you can break down your snowboarding spins and focus on which one you need to work on. If you’re not quite ready to spin in the air you can first learn spins by putting them into your butter tricks. Getting into a press and spinning on the nose or tail of your board. Check out more videos on spinning by clicking the link to the snowboard tricks playlist. Thanks for watching guys and I’ll see ya in the next video!