Here’s one mistake that basically everyone makes when they try to learn how to spin 360s on a snowboard.
Don’t focus solely on the 360 rotation
See here’s what happens when you first start learning 360s:
- You start riding towards the jump
- As you approach the jump you’re totally focused on how to spin
- You get closer to the jump and start focusing on spinning hard enough to get that 360 around
What happens next?
Well, the big problem is most people focus so much on doing the 360 rotation that they forgot about important things like timing the spin correctly and the setup.
By far the most common mistake is focusing on the spin to the point where you spin too early. This is why you often see people look great on the way into the jump, then suddenly lose all their speed when they spin and eat it because they didn’t make the landing.
So what should you do instead?
Focus on each part of the trick, one at a time as you get to each step. So before you focus on winding up and releasing the spin, you should be focusing on your setup turns, bending your knees and so on.
When you get to the point you need to release the spin and rotate that 360 in, don’t forget to pop and don’t pull that trigger and spin too early.
To really get that timing right, you want to release the pressure and start spinning just as your board’s nose is starting to leave the jump, don’t pop and start spinning before this point.
The spin is important, but think of the spin as only 1/3 of the trick. You still need to get the setup and timing right and if you get those wrong then the spin is going to be messed up by the time you get to spinning the rotation.
ps – I’m think I should put together all the 360 tips and tricks that I’ve given in the past into one proper organized post to make it easier to get the good info on 360s. I’ll have that up as tomorrow’s blog