Next up: alley-oops! It’s a variation of the frontside/backside air, where you go up the frontside wall and spin backside. So you’re essentially turning 180-degrees to go the ‘wrong’ way on the pipe wall. It’s a good one to nail early on as they don’t reduce your speed too much and they look super stylish. For more comprehensive breakdown, check out this post.
1) Drop in from your heelside wall. Approach frontside wall with enough speed to leave the lip of the pipe.
2) As you go up the wall, focus on the lip. Instead of turning your shoulders and upper body down the pipe (as you would in a frontside air), you’re going to be turning the other way i.e. uphill.
3) As the tip of your nose goes over the lip, turn your head to look into the pipe. Twist your shoulders and upper body will follow.
4) Lift your board off the wall and spin 180 degrees. Here’s when you reach for your grab – indys work well with an alley-oop.
5) Once the board has spun 180, point your nose back down the pipe, let go off the grab and land back on the wall.