No two ways about it, Sven Thorgren is freakishly good at freestyle snowboarding. We sat him down and gave him a good grilling to get his tips to help you with stepping up your park riding skills…
When you want to try your first 360, what do you need to have dialled and what should you think about and focus on?
First off look how others do it. That always helps you understand what kind of things they’re doing. Try to take it step by step. Make sure you can do a straight air properly before. You have to learn the basics, and if you know how to do a good straight air you’ll probably be able to do a good 360 as well. You always progress step by step.
Backside or frontside spins? What is easier to try first?
It totally depends which way you like to spin. Everybody has their favourite way. Some riders don’t but most do. I’m better at spinning rightside, so backside or cab spins. I feel like I’m always getting better at the other way though. It depends what you feel like you can do. I think back three is probably easier than a front three though; it feels less scary because you can spot the landing sooner.
“You have to learn the basics, and if you know how to do a good straight air you’ll probably be able to do a good 360 as well. You always progress step by step.”