Today’s reader question:
I want to learn to flip tricks – like backflips or frontflips on a snowboard. Is it hard?
Honestly, backflips and frontflips aren’t hard at all. If I had to put them on a ranking scale, I would say they’re as hard as doing a 360 although you have to concentrate a tiny bit more since you don’t want to land on your head.
Backflips and frontflips are different from regular spins
Upside down tricks are kind of a different skill compared to learning your standard spin. Think of regular spins as learning to read and flip tricks (backflips, frontflips etc) as learning to write.
They’re related skills, but you can actually excel in one area without training much of the other. I’ve known many guys who can spin like crazy, but who can’t backflip and I’ve known guys who will do rodeos and flips but can’t spin a standard 540.
Why flip tricks are thought to be difficult
Honestly, flip tricks are mostly ‘balls’ at first. It just takes balls to try a backflip because you usually land on your head the first few times… which is why most people learn into foam pits, powder and trampolines.
Difficulty wise, once you get the hang of it, you won’t find them harder than pulling a simple 360. Flips look impressive, which is why the general public thinks they’re harder, but in reality the difficulty for a simple flip, like a backflip, isn’t much more than any other guy spinning a 360.
The actual time it would take you to learn a backflip vs a 360 is comparable and in many instances I’ve seen people land backflips way quicker than learning their first 360.
Hope that helps!