Now the powder has well and truly arrived in Euoroland, it’s time to start shaping a few powder booters, and what could be better for learning to get upside down than two foot of fresh? Once you’ve mastered the backside 180 and had a go a chucking a few backflips you might want to progress a little further and start chucking one of the all time best tricks in snowboarding: the backside rodeo.
In technical terms, it’s known as the backside rodeo 540 as it combines one full flip (counted as 360 degrees) plus a back 180 – but now double, triple and quad corks are a thing this method of addition can become confusing – just stick to calling it a rodeo and pedantic internet trolls might just leave you alone.
Originally invented by the one and only Peter Line, he himself decreed that you spin whilst flipping and a true rodeo doesn’t go completely inverted (just look at the video above, only one of Jamie Trinder’s feet goes above his head, so it’s technically a cork rather than a flip), though today a barrel roll with a late 180 still counts in our book. Variety is the spice of life after all, especially in snowboarding!
There are few fellows we know that have rodeos as perfect or as on lock as Jamie Trinder, so during our pre-season mission with the GB Park & Pipe team to Stubai in the Austrian Tirol, we trained our super-slow-motion camera on him as he floated a few round.