9. Cab 540
9. Cab 540
Now for a bone-fide classic of kicker tricks – the cab five. Why is it so well-regarded? Well, it feels great and looks amazing. Plus it shows you’re truly comfortable riding switch and throwing some serious spins. It’s also (believe it or not) the ‘safety’ trick that many pros use to guinea pig a jump.
1) Warm up with a few half cabs and BS 360s. When you put these two tricks together, you have a cab five.
2) Approach the kicker with speed either on heel or toeside, pre-wind those arms ready for the spin and get ready to pop.
3) As you reach the lip, throw the spin while the board is on its edge. Aim to leave the kicker with your upper body already committed to a 180. Throw those arms as hard as you can!
4) Keep looking with your head as you go up into the air. If you can get round the first 270 degrees, the hard work’s done. From here, you can spot your landing and judge your rotation for touching down.
5) If you can land 360s, you should be alright with the last 90 degrees. Aim to land with board heading straight forward. Don’t panic if you don’t make the full 540! Set the tail down a little early and complete the rotation as the board comes down. Buuuut… if you want to stomp it properly you should work up to the point where both your feet touch down together, with your weight slightly on your toe edge.