As mad as it might sound, the cab 540 (essentially a switch frontside 540) is well known amongst backcountry kicker specialists as a safety trick. At first taking off backwards and spinning 540 might sound like the last thing you'd want to do whilst hitting a kicker for the first time, but once you've tried a few you'll realise that it's a very natural direction to spin in for most, it gives a lot of time to spot the landing and you end up hitting the ground in your natural stance which makes powder landings a hell of a lot easier.
Sadly there wasn't enough fresh stuff for a out-of-bounds booter when we went to Stubai in the Austrian Tirol back in October, but GB Park & Pipe wunderkind Matt McCormick was more than happy enough to put down a few for our slo mo lenses. Just look at how he stops the shit out of it at the end!
Get these dialled in the park and then impress your pals on your next hand-crafted kicker mission!
How to Cab 540
Warm up with a few half cabs and backside 360s. When you put these two tricks together, you have a cab five.
Approach the kicker on your heels with more than enough speed to clear the knuckle as you might scrub off a bit on the take off the first few goes, pre-wind those arms ready for the spin and get ready to pop.
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!
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.
If you can land backside 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, just like Matt above.