Before you challenge this trick, be sure to check the following points in advance.
If you have a solid grasp on these things, you can probably learn this trick fairly quick as well! Let's jump right into it!
Sequence by sequence, I'm going to explain the “Shifty Late Backside Late 180 spin” !
At take off, make sure that your shoulders are parallel with the snowboard.
Please take off straight so that your board doesn't go into a backside spin.
Turn your face and upper body in the air after you have taken off from the lip.
At take off, if you turn your head and upper body, when you go to extend your foreleg, the nose of your board will be horizontal and not be in line with the landing.
At the peak of your jump, turn your face and chest toward the tail side in one go.
Psychologically, this is the scary part, but if you don't twist your upper body here with all your might and shift your eyesight toward the tail, there will be no style in this trick.
At the same time, fully extend your foreleg.
(It's probably OK to extend both legs in the beginning).
At this point, if your hips turn, the style will end up being completely different.
Without turning your hips, keep the board in a straight direction of movement just as you would in a straight air.
With your chest and your face fixed to the tail side of your board, pull your extended leg up in one go. By pulling your foreleg up, your hips will begin to turn.
When your pull is solid, you can turn your hips more and landing becomes easier.
Conversely, when your pull is weak, your hips will not turn and landing will be difficult.
Your line of sight will be facing the rear, but by looking at the surface of the snow until landing, you can gauge time and distance.
Make sure that when your lower body spins around, your board is straight with the landing.
It is harder to balance if you force yourself to look forward.
It's best to face forward after you have stabilized your stance.
The Pros snowboard with stability.
They look like they never fall.
“How can I snowboard like that?”
How can intermediate snowboarders gain riding-sense close to that of the pros?
This time, let's think about the body's intuition from a mechanical stand point.
Pro-Snowboarding is stability.
You probably understand it as having good total balance right?
In order to maintain balance, you need to have a good base as the foundation.
Your “footing” is your base for the majority of the time you are snowboarding.
Strong footing makes up for a good portion of this total balance.
Having good balance will come when your centre of gravity is in alignment with something else.
Having bad balance is when your centre of gravity is out of alignment with something else.
What is this “something else” you ask?
The answer is “External Force.”
"What is the External force in Snowboarding?"
It's probably hard to understand right?
External force changes while you are snowboarding.
For example, if you are standing level, “gravity” is the external force.
If you are turning, then “centrifical force” contributes to the external force.
External force is not unidirectional, but is a combination of other external forces that change the direction and strength of the pressures being exerted on your centre of gravity.
Depending on either of these situations, your centre of gravity changes position with respect to this external force.
When your centre of gravity is even and straight with respect to these external forces, then, you can say that balance is good.
However, if your footing is unstable when adjusting your balance, then it is easy to lose balance.
So, in what circumstances can you say that you have strong footing?
"How can we get a Strong Footing?"
To start, in order to control your balance as the external forces change, you need your feet firmly planted on the ground to provide a strong base to push against.
Often times snowboarders will still continue to crouch down as the jump pushes them upwards
What happens if the jump forces the snowboarder up even though they are continuing to crouch?
In this situation the rider will not be properly opposing the external force created by gravity and the rising of the terrain.
This will cause the rider to be pushed downward as they ride off the lip causing a loss of balance and improper air trajectory.
Even at the very least, since gravitational force is always pulling us downward, we must resist it.
That is the reason why the lower half of the body must always be firmly planted.
No resistance is created beneath the feet when you move in the same direction as gravity.
However, when you move in the opposite direction of gravity, then pressure is created beneath the feet.
This pressure if used correctly will allow the rider to stay balanced.
While turning, continuing to get low only causes pulling by centrifugal force.
This doesn't cause resistance beneath the feet.
However, while turning, you resist centrifugal force by keeping your feet planted and centre of gravity leaning in opposition, thus force is created beneath the feet keeping the rider in a balanced upright position.
This is a very important key in order to have solid footing.
Be sure to remember this!
With regard to external force, even if you are able to ride with a good centre of gravity, if you don't fine tune your body's position to oppose external force, you won't be able to maintain your balance.
The parts of the body that handle the adjustment of this balance is the upper body, head, and knees.
Since the upper body is in a higher position than the lower body, when it receives shock, it sways more than the lower body.
When adjustments aren't made, balance is lost.
All of the impact that the upper-body takes is in waves.
If these waves are in agreement, the shock becomes greater, but it is possible to counteract them.
In the ocean, waves are constantly moving together and nullifying each other.
It's the same thing with snowboarding.
In order to counteract these waves, you have to move in a way that counteracts them.
Relaxing makes this possible.
If you relax your muscles your body will move more easily to counteract changes in external force
The image you should have in mind is each bone of the spine moving like a wave.
It's just like a concrete building in an earthquake or a bar.
If your upper-body is stiff and tense while riding, your body will easily be thrown off balance
These are some key points that have been said in Japanese martial arts and probably should be applied in other sports as well.
With these 3 points, you can gain riding sense similar to that of the pros that you haven't been able to feel up until now at the intermediate level.
1. Align your body's centre of gravity with external force
2. Keep your feet planted to gain strong footing
3. Relax your upper body to keep balanced
Standing, walking, running, rotating the body.
In your own private life, by being conscious of these things in all situations, you will be able to see results in even in your snowboarding, so be sure to put them into practice in your everyday simple movements.
Well then, this time I will be taking into consideration the reasons for why we naturally do things when free riding and when riding in the part, etc.
It is commonly known that everyone does this, but why do we turn right before doing a spin?
What is often said is…
It’s like this, right?
If you are a person who can do spins then you intuitively understand this.
So, I am going to try and delve a little deeper into this thing that is often talked about.
<Gain a strong footing>
The existence of the external force is necessary to feel your footing.
What is the external force you feel when you turn before doing a spin?
When you turn, your body is leaning inside the turn arc.
In other words, with the position that resists the centrifugal force, this centrifugal force is the external force that you mainly feel.
You feel a strong pressure in the soles of your feet and get a solid and stable feeling through this centrifugal force.
In addition there is also gravity and driving force, but you don’t really feel them in the middle of a turn.
Furthermore, before doing a spin, your body is forced upwards by the influence of the shape of the jump.
The soles of your feet feel a strong pressure because of the shape of the jump, and with the centrifugal force of the set up turn, you will get a large footing as a result.
It’s the same feeling you get when jumping on a trampoline.
<Prevent skidding with edging>
A setup turn is preferable if it’s a carving turn.
You can maintain your body’s balance by completely fixating the edge on the surface of the snow.
For the carving turn you have to put your body directly against the centrifugal force.
Your body being completely against the centrifugal force and being completely stood up against gravity are the same.
In other words, the soles of your feet are getting all of the centrifugal force directly, so you can feel the strong footing.
However, the main point is to not give the edge too much pressure.
Too much pressure increases the resistance on the snow and completely kills your speed.
Furthermore, in situations where the condition of the snow is soft, the edge will dig into the snow and you will instead be thrown off balance.
A turn does not have to be a perfect carving turn, but you want to reduce skidding as much as possible.
Even if you are skidding a little bit, if it’s a little bit then you can still retain your balance through the external force.
Also, a huge point is that if you skid the pressure of the edge must be weak and it retains your speed.
Conversely, in situations where your edge is raised too high even when doing a carving turn, it ends up being the cause of your loss of speed and it makes it difficult to retain your balance against the external force.
Rhythm is extremely important.
It’s because rhythm naturally coordinates all of the movements.
If you create rhythm within yourself, each and every part will follow that and can skillfully move various other parts simultaneously.
Those who carve a turn time and time again before a jump have trouble matching the rhythms in the item and themselves.
They aren’t quite able to connect all of the movements of each body part.
Those who require very little restraint on the number of setup turns are able to skillfully regulate their own rhythm in regards to the item.
They can completely visualize distance, speed and time and they time with park items without any wasteful movements with only the smallest amount of turns.
I am teaching my students to make less than 3 setup turns or 2 if it’s possible.
Well then, what’s the best way to do a setup turn?
Here’s the point!
“Make it narrow” is for making the turn’s width narrower.
“Make it longer” is for making the time it takes to do one turn longer and to ride that turn longer in one go.
Because of this the edge isn’t raised so much, however you can have centrifugal force and rhythm.
Intermediate riders strongly raise the edge and do turns in a big way and get a lot of centrifugal force, but this results in their body’s axis being swayed left and right and it’s difficult to balance themselves before doing a spin.
It’s important to take an approach that keeps your body’s axis from swaying right and left as much as it can.
Narrow, long setup turns require practice until you get used to them.
I will be introducing a video to you regarding how to practice this.
Before you challenge this trick, be sure to check the following points in advance.
• You can do straight air with stability.
• You don't lose balance even while touching your toes with your leading hand while in the air.
• You have plenty of time in the air to show off style.
• You can create the Tuck Knee Japan Air position in a flat place.
If you have a solid grasp on these things, you can probably learn this trick fairly quick as well!
Let's jump right into it!
Sequence by sequence, I'm going to explain the “Tuck Knee Japan Air.”
Since take off is the same as when doing straight air, it's not difficult.
However, before take off, if you shift into a grabbing motion, you will loose balance.
Therefore, first, be sure to take off from the lip the same as you would for straight air.
After take off, slightly turn your chest toward the tail of your board and point your toes toward the direction of the landing in a shifty position.
Doing it this way will make it easier for your leading hand to grab the toe edge.
To the peak of your jump, be sure not to lose balance in the air due to the hand you will use for your grab.
Maintain balance and keep your shoulder line even.
If you rush it and grab here, your balance in the air will be sloppy.
At the peak of your jump, grab the toe edge of the board between both feet.
Keep your shoulders even.
If you can manage to keep good balance and grab the board like this, give yourself a pat on the back. However, don’t worry if you can't show style at this point.
If your balance is good when you reach the peak of your jump, you can show style all the way until just before landing.
The longer your descent time from the peak of your jump until landing, the easier it will be to show style.
Rotate your leading shoulder more toward the toe edge.
Twist the knee of your foreleg so that it's folded inward between the bindings.
Without extending the back of your knees, hold the position of your grab.
Always keep your line of sight on the landing point.
By twisting your upper body toward the rear, your whole body will slightly turn will turn toward the rear.
However, you should concentrate on keeping your board straight with the landing without forcing yourself to face the front.
Since it's a fairly rigid trick, be sure to stretch your bottom, hip joints, and upper body really well in advance.
What kind of people are you normally with every day?
Do you naturally think that there are lots of people all around you who think in the same ways you do and share your opinions?
I assume that you haven’t really met anyone who doesn’t agree with your opinions or who downright disagrees with your opinions.
People tend to be around others who understand them, who understand their feelings, who resemble them closely, and who match their levels.
The best phrase to represent this is “Birds of a feather flock together.”
According to quantum mechanics, in order for people to gather together with others of the same wavelength everything in this world exists while sending out wavelengths of micro-fine energy.
Everything that exists in this world has waves.
It’s said that these waves have four properties.
1. Attract things that are the same
2. Repel things that are different
3. The waves that you send out come back to you
4. Superior waves have control over inferior waves
Let’s try and replace this with snowboarding.
Attract things that are the same
People ride together a lot if their snowboarding styles are the same or if they are at the same skill levels.
Repel things that are different
For example, even if the skill levels are the same, it won’t be interesting if their riding rhythms are different, and if the skill levels are too different and one is far past the other then it won’t be very fun to ride together.
This is also applicable for skiers and snowboarders who have prejudices about each other.
The waves that you send out come back to you
If you’re doing something fun, then your partners will return a fun facial expression to show that they’re having fun too.
If you start to become irritated, then the facial expressions of the friends you’re riding with will also turn gloomy, returning their responses back to you.
Superior waves have control over inferior waves
When trying a new trick or item challenge you feel scared and nervous.
However, the friends that you’re riding with would be enjoying themselves.
At this time, your weak waves will be controlled by your friends’ strong waves, and you’ll end up feeling positive about the challenge.
Also, if you’re riding with people who are more skillful than you, you’ll feel like you can do the things you can’t do.
If you see a very skillful snowboarding group while waiting your turn to hit the items, you might give them your turn and it’s also the one of the cases when your waves are being controlled.
I think that there’re many more examples, but basically you should snowboard with people whose waves match yours.
It’s fun when waves come together, and those waves will also be magnified between you and friends, and it naturally returns with good meanings.
And thus, the amplified waves will sooner or later turn into the predominate waves.
By understanding waves and riding in a beneficial environment, you will have a great influence on your improvement.
In your private life, at work, and when snowboarding, you spend time with people whose waves don’t match with yours, and you receive opposing waves as a response, and then your stress is amplified.
You should spend more time with people whose waves match yours, and transfer it toward improving your snowboarding.