As our editor-in-chief constantly reminds us, cab underflips are easy. He had them on lock 'back in the day', it was 'his signature' kicker trick.
Tired of his dominance down Memory Lane, we went to Stubai in the Austrian Tirol back in October so that GB Park & Pipe contender Henry Shackleton could put down a few for our slo mo lenses. We're willing to bet that his beat any put down in Tignes in the nineties, especially as Henry doesn't appear to have a blossoming career in following children round the globe with a camera beckoning...
Get these dialled in the park and then impress your boss on your next hand-crafted kicker mission!
How To Cab Underflip
Going upside down is hard, right? Wrong. It’s scary at first, but once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll wonder why you put it off for so long. Underflips are great as the rotation makes it easier to get the flip round. Try into powder or an airbag if you can, but if you commit to it then you’ll be just fine off a park jump too.
The setup for this is a lot like the frontside 3; you are rotating the same way, so the same techniques apply. The main difference is that as you approach you want to be loading more weight up on the tail – rather than the edge – of your board.
You still need an edge in the jump for the slight rotation, so use your arms to help you out as with the 360. As your nose leaves the take-off lean back over the tail, turn your arms and shoulders for rotation and pop!
Once you have let go of the grab you will be able to spot your landing. You’ll be coming in switch, so you will land it exactly as you would a frontside 180. Crouch down into the landing, keep looking forward and ride away. No problems!
Just as you’ve left the takeoff you will start the flip and it’s like a ‘barrel roll’ motion, as opposed to a straight flip. Bring in your legs to speed up the flip, and go for a grab. Most people usually go for mute as it’s the one that gets as you as tucked as possible.
You will see the sky for a second; don’t freak out and start flapping or you’re finished! Let it come around, letting go of the grab if you need to slow the flip down. Likewise, hold on to it if you’re not going as big as you thought.