A visual trick-by-trick look at frontside spins from the humble 180 to the tech 1080.
Inverts aside, frontside is one of four ways you can spin on your snowboard. Generally, you take off from your heelside edge for frontside spins although they can also be done off the toes for extra pop.
Here is a collection of GIFs taking you from the humble frontside 180 all the way through to the frontside 1080.
Frontside 180s are rad. They're floaty, you can spot your landing for the whole trick and you have plenty of time to get creative with your grab. They also look pretty tasty popped off the toes.
If there's one frontside spin that deserves to be called a classic, the frontside 360 is that trick. Yes, they're pretty straightforward and every single pro in the world can do them blindfolded, but when done good and proper with a clean indy grabbed poked out like your life depends on it, the front 3 is simply timeless. Take Terje Haakonsen's opening front 3 indy in Haakonsen Factor for example - it's nothing short of legendary.
Frontside 540s are one of this author's favourite tricks. They require that that little bit more rotation compared to the front 3 but they can still be made to look floaty as anything. Melon and indy grabs work really well with frontside 5s but of course, the sky (and your flexibility) is the limit.
Back in snowboarding's olden days, when double corks and 1440s were strictly reserved for Playstation games and imaginations, a well executed frontside 720 was the sign of rider who really knew what he was doing. It was even enough to get some riders sponsored. Even though recent progression has taken snowboard tricks through the roof, and hordes of kids are chucking them in the parks, the front 7 is still very much something to be proud of. Having the guts to keep turning your head for one more blind 180 degree spin after being able to see your landing at 540 definitely takes some skill and commitment.
Ok, so Roope here is actually a goofy rider meaning he is doing this 900 switch frontside (i.e. cab). But it's still frontside, it's still a 9 and Roope kills it, so whatever. Believe it not, with riders chucking 12s and 14s these days, 900s, when done on a big enough cheese wedge, can actually look slow and floaty...
Even though double and triple corks are pretty much the order of the day in your average slopestyle comp in 2013, there's still a lot to be said about a good old flat spin. Even though the judges will probably disagree with us, we'd much rather see a stylish flat frontside 1080 like Marko Grilc's here than a slightly sketchy double corked version. We're not sure quite why and we could just be being old fashioned about it but we think they look sick. Oh, and frontside 1080 tailgrabs are the shit.