How To Backside 360
The backside 360 is one of the easiest and safest spins to learn, and once nailed can be taken to just about any size of jump. Unlike 180s (where frontside is generally considered easier), when it comes to 360s you’re better to try the backside version first, because when you come around to the end of the trick you can see the landing clearly. The key is to commit to the manoeuvre 100%, and to initiate all the spin prior to leaving the ground. As with all spins, the grab adds style points; mute is probably the simplest option, but we’re going to spice things up with a seatbelt grab. Here’s how:
Approach the jump with your weight low and centred. It is possible to travel straight up the middle of the transition and launch into it, but to start with you’ll probably find it easier to do a ‘set-up turn’. Basically, on the way down the in-run, move from your toe edge to your heel edge, so you’re heading towards the jump slightly off centre (left if you’re regular, right if you’re goofy). As you hit the transition, move from your heels to a flat base but with your weight slightly over your toes. This whole approach should resemble a gentle ‘S’ curve, the idea simply being to set you up on the jump on your toe edge.
As with the 180, the important work is all done on the take-off. For a backside spin, stay low and drive your leading shoulder towards your back foot as you approach the lip. Try to dig your toe edge in a little so you’re spinning off a solid footing, and pop gently by extending your legs right at the final moment. Don’t start carving across the kicker too early, or you’ll drift sideways over the landing and maybe even fall off the side of the jump. The turn and pop should all happen right at the lip.
Here comes the commitment. After leaving the kicker you have to keep committed to the full 360 spin. Keep turning your head and shoulders in the direction of rotation, and pull your back knee up so you can reach down and grab the board, pushing your front foot down. The seatbelt grab will take some practice, so if you’re really struggling with it then maybe try a simple mute grab instead (front hand toe edge).