Here’s the second video to drop in the Relentless Energy Pro Tips video series. This time it’s German ripper and Issue 103 coverboy Elias Elhardt showing us how to do nollie frontside tailslide 270 out’s. Not an easy trick by any means but a really fun and versatile one once you get them on lock. As Elias explains, the key to this one is getting a good clean pop off the toes and making sure that you get your tail up and over the rail before fully committing to the 90 degree rotation. Catching your tail (or nose for that matter) when doing these ‘lipslide’ style tricks is a great way to get yourself some nice bruised shins/kneecaps…
Enjoy the trick tip and good luck learning these bad boys!
1. Approach the kicker with a low centre of gravity and minimal movement to keep control.12. Try not to claim it.
2. Focus on the kicker’s lip, and like the frontside 180, pre-wind on the kicker by pushing your trailing arm backwards.
3. As you ride up the jump, gently dig your heel edge into the kicker whilst maintaining a straight line. This extra edge grip gives you a platform from which to pop onto the rail.
4. Time everything together so you’re extending your legs into the pop and unwinding your arms. Keep your head looking straight down the rail.
5. As you get airborne, bring up your knees to bring your board and over the rail.
6. Set it down with a flat base. Since this is a tailslide, the rail should be beneath your rear foot. Make sure the angle of your board (and your upper body) matches the downward angle of the rail. Commit to it! If you stand too upright (or worse, lean back onto your heel edge) you’ll slip out.
7. Bend your rear leg, sinking your weight into the tailslide. At the same time, extend your other leg to style it out and provide balance. Keep looking at the end of the rail.
8. As you slide down the rail, your shoulders can keep turning around in a frontside direction. You’re effectively initiating the dismount spin from the moment you land on the rail.
9. At the end of the rail, spring up off that bent rear leg and into the air, allowing your board to follow the movement of your arms.
10. You’re coming in blind, so look down at the landing between your feet (similarly to a backside 180) and start to extend your legs.
11. Set your board down on the tail first, so it will naturally adjust round the remaining few degrees without catching an edge. Apply your toe edge to kill any further rotation.