Backside spins are considerably more difficult to get to grips with than frontside ones because everything is done off your heel edge. It’s basically a fair bit harder to pop off your heels than your toes.
That said, we reckon that backside 540s are a tad easier to get to grips with than backside 360s because with those you land switch, setting you up for a switch backside hit on the next hit – which is really bloody hard.
A good place to start when you’re thinking about learning to spin backside in the pipe is to try some backside 180s and 360s off your heel edge off sidehits. It’ll get you used to popping and rotating off your heeledge. Once you’re ready to take it to the pipe it’s all about approaching with a good amount of speed, going a little straighter up than wall than you would for a frontside 540 (so that your board can flatten out and give you a little more area to pop off) and going for it with your head and shoulders.
If you get a good clean snap and enough rotation you’ll find yourself coming around nicely as if you’d just done a cab 3. If you don’t, you’ll eat shit, but that’s all part of learning right?
Go watch Christian Haller’s backside 540 mute in the video above for some inspiration on this one. The dude SENDS IT.
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