I’m going to answer some of the question you guys asked on my blog!
This time about trouble before taking off a back side spin!
I can make a clean back side 360 but just on a jump which I always practice with.
So, this is the only jump I can make a clean backside 360.
Why am I struggling spinning backside 360 on the other jumps?
Please tell me.
This is common issue with intermediate snowboarders.
People who is struggling with a jump every time when its shape of the jump changed, they take off too soon.
All jumps have different shape, and those are always changing by everyday maintenance and so on.
For example, your footing will be affected by
Because all these changes require you to change your balance and timing while approaching to the jump, and if you start moving too soon while you are requiring changing your balance in regard to the jump angle and length, it’ll obviously be difficult to take off.
As I talked in the other tutorial, if you don’t lean and rotate your body until the center of the board comes to the lip, then your takeoff won’t be affected by jump shape and your footing will be stay strong to take off your backside spin.
This is why straight air is easier to control to take off than spinning.
Ok, now how can you wait for takeoff?
Here are some tips you can try to fix the issue instantly.
1. Start a rotation when the knuckle comes into view
2. Rotate your body immediately after pop your legs
3. Start a rotation when your back leg comes to the lip
Or you can practice like this.
This is the most certain way to learn timing and balance for your spin.
1. Learn the timing for your takeoff with straight air
2. Learn balance on the edge while practicing straight airs off the edges
3. Learn the timing and balance for your take off with a 180 spin
4. Learn the timing and balance for your take off with a 360 spin
Add an image of spinning 360 to the straight air off the edge before you actually spin on the jump.
This is the key for not being affected by jump shape.
If you can keep your posture just as straight air off the edge by the lip, then nothing will hinder your takeoff.
You can rotate your body as much as you want if you can wait for takeoff.
Once again, let’s summarize what we learned up to this point.
1. Keep your posture as straight air off the edge until takeoff.
2. Start to rotate your body when the center of your board comes to the lip.
These tips are effective to the front side spin and for people who is practicing 540 and 720 too.
We are happy to answer to your questions.
So please leave your comment here or watch our tutorial on our YouTube channel to learn more.
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Nowadays, we can learn how to snowboard in so many ways and it is all helpful.
There is nothing right or wrong but it’s about how you can find the right one that works for you.
You may learn by watching the video, or by just doing or thinking.
This time, I would like to introduce you how to turn on snowboard easily with my perspective.
Again, there is nothing right or wrong but I hope it will help and give you more idea.
First, check if you are already able to stop or control speed while sliding down the slope (toe/heel side both) which is called as side slipping.
If you can go side to side (zig zag, falling leaf) while sliding the hill just on one edge (heel or toe) it’ll be the great advantage.
Now, let's start to talk about how to turn while sliding down the hill on the snowboard.
Please make sure in advance which stance you are. (Regular or Goofy).
Here I introduce three tips for you.
Hope you can find the one that works best for your improvement.
1. Steering the bicycle handle bar
Please visualize if you are riding the bike.
The bike has two wheels on front and rear.
As everyone knows if you want to turn while riding the bike, you steer the handle bar right or left so that you can turn.
The handle bar connects to front wheel which helps you to guide into the direction where you want to go.
How about rear wheel?
Yes, it just follows the front wheel’s path way!
We can apply the exact same idea for snowboarding, right?
While standing on the snowboard, we have front foot and back foot (regular: left foot forward, goofy: right foot forward).
So just as steering the bike you can steer your front foot right or left to execute a turn and to change the direction.
At this point, we don't have to think about using back foot, but focus more on using your front foot as bicycle handle bar to make turns.
But you can focus on using back foot to make better turns after when you’ve reached the intermediate level.
2. Using “Front Foot” as a Pedal
Choose a nice and quiet gentle beginner terrain so that we don't have to worry about the speed and colliding with others.
With only your front foot strapped in, go down straight the hill just as when getting off the chairlift. Make sure your feet are flat and pick up gentle speed while sliding down the hill.
Visualize yourself having a pedal under your front feet that allows you to turn on the Switch to execute a turn.
If you want to turn towards the toe side where your chest is facing, push the pedal down only with your front toe.
If you want to go heel side where your back is facing, you can apply the exact same idea as pushing the pedal down only with your front heel.
Then, your board will start turning around!
As I mentioned, this skill will be used after getting off the chair lift to stop or to change the direction.
You can't use your back foot obviously to make a turn here as you’ve already noticed that your back foot is off from the rear binding, right?
Here we can review simple key points again for you to initiate a turn.
3. Going across the hill (Traverse)
Once you feel comfortable with turning from sliding straight down the hill, you are almost able to make a turn.
In other words, now you can make the bottom half of a turn and will learn the top half of a turn here.
Let’s start with standing on the hill over the toe or the heel edge whichever easy for you (facing uphill=toe side, facing downhill=heel side).
Then you can go across the hill (Traverse) but towards your front leg.
When you pick up comfortable speed, then push your front toe or heel towards the downhill gradually, your board starts pointing the downhill.
Try to be patient, but also do not hesitate to keep pushing your heel or toe edge until your board has aligned to the downhill.
Keep pushing down your toe or heel after your board has aligned to the downhill so your board will turn more just as bottom half of a turn that you have learned in advance.
So now the frond tip of your board will point the other side of the hill which means you made a turn!
This is a quite simple idea.
Keep your back foot stable and relaxed on the board, but do not have to think about it.
Just try to focus on using your front foot as a pedal so that front foot will help to steer the board and back foot will follow your front foot.
You might ask “when do we use back foot? “
Answer is when you want to stop where you need to use both your feet together!
But it is still the one of the idea but I hope it will help to improve your riding.
See you on the hill!
I’m going to answer some of the question you guys asked on my blog!
This time about trouble at the lip with a backside spin!
Whenever I try to throw a backside spin, I feel like the edge of my board is getting stuck at the lip and it freaks me out. Why does it happen?
People who feel like the edge of their boards is getting stuck on something while taking off backside spin usually means that…
It will obviously hinder your board to spin into the backside direction, right?
It upsets your balance causing you to feel extremely unstable and that leads to feeling scared and freaked out before you actually do the trick.
Firstly, you must learn to put your weight on the toe edge while taking off with your posture standing straight on the toe edge.
So, your heel edge won’t get caught on the snow while taking off your spin even if your board looks flat.
But at same time, you can learn the timing for takeoff to prevent your board to start rotating too early.
Your board start to rotate after upper body rotation which means that your upper body started to rotate much earlier than your lower body.
So your attention is more on the upper body rotation rather than your board taking off nice and clean.
Try not to move your board before the board actually leaves the ground.
As for the feeling of how to do it right…
If you delay your timing like this, the edge won’t get caught because your board start to rotate after takeoff.
So, you can execute a backside spin even if your weight is on the heel edge while taking off.
And if you execute the trick while you see the scenery is in front of you, you delay rotating your upper body so that your lower body and board will start rotating even late too.
As for how to practice this…
You can practice like that.
1 and 2 are especially important but, keep the image of spinning in mind while practicing straight jumps because your body won’t move when you’re actually doing the spin trick if you don’t.
Keep that in mind!
We are always happy to answer to your question.
Please leave your comment here or watch our tutorial on our YouTube channel to learn more.
Snowboard Dojo Wiz Team
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Your spin axis should be standing straight from the lip angle while taking off so that you can throw your spin without any conflicts with any external force.
And your spin will be under your control while in midair.
But if you are focusing on rotation too much, then you will lose focus on balance while taking off.
This is the reason why people leaning towards the edge and forward while taking off.
People who pay attention to balance while taking off try to avoid leaning toward the edge.
Yet they don’t think about avoiding Nollie takeoff very much since it’s hard to be noticed.
If you can’t spin comfortably even if your take off is not too soon and you are not leaning too much toward the edge while taking off, then you can doubt Nollie takeoff.
Typical tips for this issue given from many coaches is “lean back”.
Then people lean their upper body backward which won’t make it any better in many cases because your body will just be bent backward so your spin axis won’t be straight.
Ok, now let’s see how you can solve the issue.
Here I can introduce better and practical idea.
Wait for takeoff
If your body stay standing straight just as straight air until your center of the board come to the lip, your body won’t lean at all.
So wait for takeoff with your posture standing straight and try to not rotate and lean your body until your center of the board come to the lip.
But you can rotate your body as much as you like after it.
Start learning to time with straight air.
And apply it to spinning 180, 360 and so on.
Stand and pop 90 degrees from the lip angle
You can stand and pop on both feet straight but from jump angle.
If you are focusing too much on rotation you don’t pay attention to the lip angle.
Try to visualize a mini trampoline on the lip and jump on it 90 degrees from it.
So your shoulders will be leveled with the lip angle and it won’t be nollie takeoff.
Stand straight over your back leg
As I mentioned, try to not lean your body backward.
But instead, try standing straight over your back leg just as a standing position before doing an ollie on skateboard.
However, you don’t have to do actual ollie to take off.
You can just pop straight up over your back leg.
Make sure if your weight is more on your back leg while taking off so it won’t be a nollie takeoff.
For your frontside spin, you can focus on lifting your nose up while taking off rather than popping straight up over your back leg.
Please watch our tutorial on our YouTube channel and learn how to snowboard, how to spin, and more trick tips.
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