Frontside 360′s are a sick trick to do on your snowboard, and whether you’re just learning them or just trying to get them dialled, here are three quick tips to help you nail your frontside 360′s.
Snowboard 360 Tip #1 Take Off
You want to spin a frontside 360 off your snowboard on the heel edge, and pop it evenly off your heels. So plan three turns up to the jump, so that your half ways throughout a heel turn as you get to the lip. Popping evenly off your heel edge will help you get more height, clear the lip of the jump, and keep your snowboard level in the air. If you pop evenly off your heels, you should land on your snowboard evenly on your toe edge.
Snowboard 360 Tip # 2 Wind up
The 360 spin comes from winding your body up. For a frontside 360 wind your upper body back, then as you pop off the lip rotate you upper body forward toward the jump. Keep your core stiff to bring your legs and snowboard with you. You want to rotate enough to get the 360 around, but not too much or you’ll over spin, or revert out on the landing. A good rule is to spin just over 300 degrees, then twist out the last 60 degrees.
Snowboard 360 Tip # 3 In the Air
When you in the air you need to be doing two things. Bend your knees and keep your head looking for that landing. Bending your knees keep you compact in the air, and make it easy to grab your snowboard. Looking for your landing helps get the 360 spin around, and when you’ve spotted your landing, tells you when to get out of your spin, and brace for the landing.
Remember when first learning how to spin 360, do them outside the park first off the ground and side hits. When you’re ready to try them in the park, start on the small jumps. Spinning 360 with style on a small jump is better than a goofy one on a large jump. Have fun learning how to 360 on your snowboard!
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