Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 117, November 2010
Photos by: Danny Burrows
THIS ISSUES TRICKOLOGY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE GOOD OLD BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE WHO RESIDE IN MAYRHOFEN’S PENKEN PARK DURING THE WINTER AND INCLUDES THE LIKES OF JAMES CARR, GARY GREENSHIELDS AND THE VISITING JAMIE NICHOLLS.
James Carr – Frontside 360
Approach the jump with the correct speed, you can judge this by watching other riders. Its always good to test your speed with a straight air fi rst, Remember this speed if you get it right! Don’t make speed checks too close to your take-off – you want to be set-up, ready and confident
As you ride up the take-off of the jump you what to be relaxed and ready to pop, not digging your edge in like your going to be doing a 1440! It’s a 360, so you should not have to carve up the jump at all! Once at the top of the jump POP; turning your shoulders and the core of your body to start the spin.. your legs will follow.
IN THE AIR
Now you are in the air and your rotating get hold of that grab and tweeeeek it, you want to keep an eye out for your landing, remember the grab will slow your rotation down and you don’t want to end up doing a perfect frontside 270! You want to keep the rotation smooth – it shouldn’t be a 180 to 180 like the old snowboard computer games!
Spot it! Make sure your body is ready, you don’t want to be all twisted up stuck in rotation when you land you will just revert. Once you land HOLD IT and ride away solid!
Gary Greenshields – Switch Backside 540
Ok here is how I do a switch backside 540 stale/melon
It’s all about your take off so having the run in speed right helps – jump the kicker a few times to test the speed and get it right. You’ll be heading towards the jump with a flat base aiming for the middle of the take-off nice and relaxed, knees slightly bent and looking at the lip.
Now you’re fl at based, eyeballing the lip of the jump, bend your knees a little more and pre-wind your body the opposite way from your spin (here I ride in right foot forward so I wind clockwise). As you start to climb the kicker you’re going to time it so you unwind this momentum and put your weight onto your toe edge ever so slightly. When your front foot is almost at the lip of the kicker let this pre-wind go and pop your ollie off your toe edge as you hit the lip. Make sure to keep light on the toe edge while this happens. You’re also going to be turning your head back towards the run in making sure not to look down or up to much.
IN THE AIR
When you’ve popped and started to rotate your spin you wanna start reaching down to grab your board (here I grab melon/stale) continuing to look round in the direction of your spin at the same time. Now you have a good hold of your grab it’s time to tweak that leg out as much as you can and keep looking round so you can spot the landing. You will see the landing in the fi rst part of the rotation but you need to keep spinning and you will have a slightly blind landing here.
Keep looking round and as you come near to the end of the spin you will start to look down so you can see the landing under your feet. Now just relax and let your strong legs do the rest for you. Keeping your weight not to much on your back foot catch the landing fl at based bending your legs
and riding away stoked you stomped it.
Jamie Nicholls – Backside 720
Approach the jump with enough speed to clear it to the landing, meaning the sweet spot. Watching other people hitting the jump before helps you to judge the speed.
When you’re on the jump and on your toe edge it’s important not to spin too early as this scrubs your speed and might result in you landing on the knuckle. Make sure you try to leave the spin till you’re just starting to ride off the jump, then turn your head and shoulders backside.
IN THE AIR
Reach down and grab: this helps to keep you stable in the air. You need to keep your head looking round and turning your shoulders to ensure that you get the 7 round.
When you spot your landing put the board down on the snow with a flat base and then claim it and go straight to the bar!