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How to Hit the Wall with Nate Kern

Nate Kern, Photo: DAN MILNER

The layback is a basic but really fun trick which you can start doing on the piste and take onto wallrides or even boxes. It’s also great to blast your friends with a wall of snow as you cruise by!

1. APPROACH

With this o one you can roll in a bit slower and also to one side of the box. I’m goofy footed so approach from the left; regular riders (left foot forward) would approach from the right.

2. THE TRANSITION

I’m taking a line that will propel me across the wall for maximum layback. I’ve got a bit of weight on my heel edge as I hit the wall itself, aiming to do a big heelside turn.

3. GOING UP

Just before the peak of the turn I sit back even more and drag my trailing hand behind me to get awesome. Careful not to get too much over your heel edge though or you can slip out.

4. STYLING IT

At the peak you can really tweak it out, pushing the rear leg out for extra style points… Booyaaaaaa! As I finish the layback I’m bringing my weight over the board again and flattening my base.

5. COMING DOWN

I’m keeping my shoulders squared over my board and riding down the transition with my weight over the front foot, grinning cos it was pretty radical and felt great. Now go do it.

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