How To Tripod
How To Tripod
Often discovered accidentally by first-timers, the tripod can be appreciated by riders of all levels – remember Sage Kotsenburg’s one off the cannon in his Olympic run? This can also be done frontside or as part of a full 360-degree rotation, but here Sparrow has opted to spin backside and then reverse the rotation to return to his normal stance.
This is an incredibly fun one for goofing around, no matter the situation. Start by riding along the piste and popping off the toes, as if you’re doing a backside 180.
Push all your weight back up the hill and extend your hands down to the ground
Once you start the rotation, push all your weight back up the hill and extend your hands down to the ground to stop the fall.
Let your hands work like bike stabilisers, keeping you balanced. It really does feel amazing, and once you experiment a little you will notice that you can hold it for as long as you like.
Once you are in this position, try and extend your body. It may feel natural to do this anyway once you’re locked in.
For the switch backside 180 out, you’ll find that the rotation will come naturally as you’re already slightly twisted. Use the spring from your board to get some pop off the end of the board that’s pressed.
Bring your head back up and look forward as you ride away – and try not to hit any skiers.