Rails & Jibbing

How to Backside Disaster with Nate Kern

Nate Kern, Photo: DAN MILNER

This is another lip trick that’s been taken from skateboarding. It’s more of a challenge than the Rock Fakie and can be made more difficult by doing 180 out of the disaster.


Take a bit more speed than you would for the rock fakie, and roll into the wall head-on, with a flat base.


As I hit the transition I’m still going pretty much straight but have put a little bit of weight onto my toe edge in anticipation of the next part of the move.


Nearing the top of the wall I turn my shoulders and pop off my tail into a backside (toe side) 180, aiming to land with the coping between my bindings. Landing on the front foot feels best, so that the tail of your board hangs out off the back of the wall.


Having reached the top I push my back leg out and twist in the shoulders, then pop off my front foot and back into the wall, landing flat based with my weight centered.


As I ride back down I have to counter my shoulders so as not to over-rotate out of the trick. I keep my board flat to ride away straight, hoping I nailed it and that it looked good.

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