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4. Backside Air

HOW TO DROP IN, SLASH THE LIP AND STOMP YOUR FIRST AIR IN THE PIPE

16:59 16th December 2013 by Nina Zietman @ninazietman
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Once you’ve got frontside airs nailed, give yourself a big pat on the back. Now it’s time to move on to the backside air. This is a bit trickier, as you’ve got to tweak out that back leg. If you’re looking for some pro inspiration, check out this classic from Ingemar Backman. But don’t worry, we’re not expecting you to go that high. At least, not just yet..

1) Drop in from your toeside wall. Make sure your knees are bent, shoulders parallel to your stance and you’ve got enough speed to get out the lip of the pipe.

2) Once you’re safely through the transition, look at the part of the wall you’re going to hit. Look up and try and ride through the lip and out of the pipe. As before, wait as long as possible before you pop.

3) Once you’re in the air, throw your back hand forward and grab your board either by your front foot or in between your feet. Throw that back foot out and tweak it!

4) Spot your landing. Touch down with your tail in the transition. Again come into the pipe as high as you can. Get back onto that toe edge, ready for the next wall.

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