24/09/2013 | by Rachel | 1 comments
Backside rodeos are a fun trick to learn. They are by no means easy, but once you can do them itâ€™s a great feeling and you can do them off a lot of different features. You really need to have backflips, backside 540â€™s and a good aerial awareness before you think about attempting one. A powder kicker with a nice soft landing isnâ€™t a bad place to start either!
1. The Set-Up
It might be a harder trick but you should take the run in and transition in exactly the same way as the 180 and 360,setting up with your weight centred, your board flat and a little pressure on your toe edge.
2. The Pop
Now for the fun part! As you reach the lip you want pop like you would for a backside 540 so that youâ€™re certain of getting enough rotation to come around. Whilst popping, though, youâ€™re going to have to throw your head over your trailing shoulder in order to initiate the off-axis element of the trick.
3. Getting the Grab
You really do need to bring the board up to you if youâ€™re going to grab this trick. If you were to even try to reach down for your grab youâ€™re in a world of trouble and will most likely land on your neck! Not much fun and a right hassle for ski patrol scraping you off the slope. In this shot Iâ€™m grabbing melon â€“ I find it the easiest grab to help bring the rotation around â€“ but again, if you find other grabs easier with straight backflips and 540â€™s then give them a go.
4. Keep Grabbing
Keep holding the grab for as long as you can, but on this trick Iâ€™d say itâ€™s even more important to do so, as opening up will stop the rotation and you may well under rotate which wonâ€™t be pretty.
5. The Landing
Because youâ€™re coming around on a strange axis you can see your landing a long way off which does help. The only hard part is that youâ€™re landing blind just like you would on a backside 180 or 540, so all the same landing rules apply: Look between your bindings at the ground, spot your landing and plant both feet down at the same time â€“with a little pressure on the toe edge to kill the rotation. Itâ€™s all too easy to revert right away if youâ€™re not careful and that toe edge pressure is key to stopping it. Having made sure youâ€™ve done all that you should be able to ride off switch, just in time for last call!