How To Spin A Corked 540 Vs. Regular 540 (GoPro POV Video)

What’s in this video:

  • How corked snowboard spins work
  • How to cork vs. flat spin (aka what causes corking and how to control it)
  • POV footage of regular backside 540 and corked backside 540 side-by-side
  • POV breakdown of the differences between a cork and non-corked spin
  • Why many snowboarders cork by accident and how it slows down their progress

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So this week I wanted to talk about corked snowboard spins. I know corked spins are kind of an advanced trick that most of you won’t be doing, but I want to explain to you exactly what causes corked rotation and how corked spins work because it’s important to learning correct spin technique even if you won’t be corking.

A big part of learning to spin consistently is learning to control your shoulders and keeping them flat (horizontal) while rotating, so in this video I’m going to break down corked vs. flat spins and have a in-depth look at how corked tricks work.

To show this, I do both a backside 540 and a corked backside 540 side-by-side and break down the differences between the corked and flat version of the trick.

The key to corking/not-corking is your shoulders and how you throw your body/shoulders as you initiate the spin and it’s something most snowboarders need to understand if they want to become smooth riders and avoid handicapping their spinning later down the line.

Filmed on: GoPro HD Hero3 Black @ 1080p 60fps (apologies for lack of color correction this week, my Final Cut Pro X was crashing and I couldn’t do a full color correction on the footage)

– Jed

ps: Next video will probably be to do with hopping on rails as it seems to be a popular topic that’s been requested a couple times already. Fingers crossed for good weather.

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  1. I’m not up to that level yet but I’ve been analyzing and visualizing corks for a long time. It’s good to finally find some decent POV footage.
    I’ve got some questions:
    1) Does corking by accident happen because you use your shoulders badly, but end up finding a new trick which is also cool?
    2) I see you do an indy during the regular back 5. Can this help keep those shoulder up horizontally? Because I read somewhere that grabbing mute towards the back binding tends to initiate corks much more easily like on your video too.
    3) Backside rodeo seems to have the same beginning but instead or reaching down, you keep your body up and backflip it over the heels?
    4) Is a frontside cork the same but mirrored or is it a whole different feeling/spotting or other approach compared to a regular frontside spin? It would be nice to see some POV footage of that.

    • 1) Corking by accident basically happens when you spin but don’t keep your shoulders horizontal/parallel to the jump.

      It can be a new trick, but if you don’t cork the right amount for the specific spin, you won’t be able to ‘right’ the off-axis rotation properly and end up landing off balance and not squared up with the landing. That’s why corking by accident can be bad.

      For example, a cork 540 and corked 720 requires different amounts of cork and adjustments to land upright.

      2) That’s actually a mute grab I did, so you read correctly. Mute grabs naturally make you dip your shoulder which is why most people doing backside corks grab mute.

      I really want to turn that mute into a japan air though, but that’s still a work in progress :p

      3) Backside rodeos are kind of similar besides throwing your body/shoulders a different direction off the heels. I have a friend who actually taught me back rodeos long ago because he saw the trick wasn’t too far a leap from what I was doing in corked back 5s.

      4) Frontside cork is same but mirrored AND the landing will come into view at a different part of the rotation since you’re spinning mirrored.

      So for a frontside cork 540 it would be throwing your shoulders upwards and towards frontside (opposite of bs 540 which is throwing shoulders down and towards rear leg). I don’t really do fs cork 540s that much though because I prefer the blind/floating feeling of a corked back 5. It’s similar to a backside 180 where you just kind of float in the air because you’re blind for most of the trick.

      • Thank you for the info.

        If you BS cork 540, you’re doing a toeside carve and jump off the toes. Is a FS cork 540 then a heelside carve and jump off the heels?

        Also the name giving: I understand that a cork 540 is called 540 because it’s a flip (=360) + a 180 rotation of your body through the trick. But a cork 720 is that 1 flip and a 360 rotation?

        And when you go to double corks: the double flip gives the 720 in the equation, and then any number higher means a rotation of 180 – 360 – 720 am I right?

        Here I found a picture in steps of a double cork:
        Is this a double front cork 1080 (2 flips + 1 rotation of 360)?

        • With corks honestly it really depends on the person and how they throw their cork. But in general, corks don’t require as much carving or popping really.

          When I cork I just ride in on the edge that I’m spinning off (toeside for backside, heelside for heelside) and throw my shoulder just as I come off the jump. That’s how I prefer to cork my tricks, but it really depends on how the individual throws the cork.

          As far as naming, that’s complicated and depends on the individual and how they spun the cork, but generally just think of a corked spin as a normal spin that’s off axis. So a corked 540 is just a 540 rotation but I’m not spinning flat.

          Technically the way I throw my corks makes them very ‘flip’ like and you could call it a misty 540 (frontflip + 180) or underflip 540 (backflip + 180) if spinning frontside, but don’t get too caught up in naming. In general most snowboarders call everything off axis a cork, it saves the headache and most people don’t really care what you call it anyway.

          Cork just means you dipped off axis during the rotation.

          Double cork just means you ‘dipped’ into a cork once, then came back out of the cork again, then dipped into a second off axis rotation. So for most people who do double corks they start off by doing it as a cork 540 into another cork 540.

          For example, most people throw their backside double cork 10s as if they were doing a backside cork 540 into a switch frontside cork 540.

          • Thanks for the clarification!
            The message is just do your thing, and make it look stylish then it doesn’t matter what it’s called. 🙂

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