Once you’ve got flat ollies down and you want to start on your freestyle career, you’ll probably want to throw a 180. The frontside version (where you’re turning your front to the landing as you enter the air, like a heelside turn) should be your first point of call. Of course before you attempt this, you’ll first need to master riding switch (backwards) and you’ll really have to commit to getting that board around if you want to avoid catching your toe edge mid trick. So why the FS 180 instead of the BS 180? Because throughout the course of this trick you’ll always be able to see where you’re going. They’re fairly easy to throw, so chuck a few off some small piste bumps before taking them to the kickers of the funpark, and you’ll be reet…
Once you’ve landed and are riding away backwards, try doing a switch version of the same trick (a.k.a. the ‘cab 180’) on the next hit, for a ‘back-to-back’ combo.
There are no hard and fast rules when you’re spinning frontside for which edge you spin off. Some people prefer their toes; others prefer their heels. The transition may be able to decide for you - if the take off is quite flat then it will be better taking off from your heels; if it’s steep, it’s your toes. Experiment with both though, as it will only broaden your repertoire.