Buttering & Frontside 180 / 360 – The Key To Smooth Snowboard Tricks

This week we’re looking at buttering and frontside 180s / 360s, in particular we’ll be looking at what makes a a good snowboarder able to execute smooth snowboard tricks:

The important tips to remember:

1) Less is more

Style and smoothness isn’t always about what you need to add, it’s about what you need to remove. All those extra hand movements and extra upper body movements are the difference between someone who looks like they’re ‘hucking’ tricks and someone who looks ‘natural’ and smooth when they snowboard.

Focus on quiet upper body movements and good technique first instead of trying to power through tricks.

2) Watch your carve line

I probably say this every single blog in some way or another, but your carve line has a huge effect on your spin and landing. Planning your carve line ahead of time to get the correct entry line is one of the most important things to learn in snowboarding.

3) Master the 4 180s first (backside, frontside, switch fs, switch bs)

People get amped on landing big spins like 540s, 720s etc. etc., but it’s often how good you are at 180s that determines how good you are at everything else.

180s teach you how to use and control your upper body correctly, and 99% of people I see don’t master them properly before trying to learn 360s and 540s. Master 180s first – the rest will follow.

Basically if you can’t do a smooth 180 all 4 directions 9 times out of 10, than you aren’t ready to be trying big spins anyway.

The next step…

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You’ll get details for our VIP program after you finish our free lessons 🙂

– Jed

How To Frontside 360 / 540 – Getting More Spin Power & Fixing Your Timing

Welcome to our video series where I take real snowboarding footage from my students and breakdown a key mistake in their technique and how to fix it.

This week we’re looking at a frontside 360 and frontside 540, in particular we’ll be looking at getting more spin power, fixing your approach timing and body position in the air.

The important tips to remember:

1) Don’t start your final carve too early!

You should be approaching the jump take-off for your final carve at an angle. If you’re riding in a straight line as you ride up the take-off ramp, than you started your final carve too early and that means you’ve lost all the spin power from your carve.

Tip: Start your final carve as you ride up the uphill sloping take-off section of the jump.

2) Spot your landing in the right direction

You should always know which way to look for landing each trick. For a frontside 360, you need to land blind while looking back up the hill. For a frontside 540, you land looking back down the hill for a normal forward looking landing.

3) Lead with your upper body – even in the air

Don’t let your upper body un-wind and get out of position in the air – this will kill your rotation and landing. Continue to lead with your upper body slightly ahead of your lower body until you’re setting up to spot the landing and land.

The next step…

If you’re interested in joining our VIP snowboarding group (which includes snowboard trick tip tutorials and our video analysis and coaching group), click here and sign up for our free lesson series.

You’ll get details for our VIP program after you finish our free lessons 🙂

– Jed

How To Get More Rotation On Your 360 Spins

Welcome to our video series where I take footage from my Snomie VIP member’s group and breakdown a key mistake in their technique and how to fix it.

This week we’re looking at 360s!

How to fix your approach line, carve correctly and get more power in your 360 rotation:

The important tips to remember:

1) Speed is your friend

Before fixing anything else, make sure you have enough speed when approaching any jump. If you don’t land in the sweet spot (the steepest part of the landing), you need to go faster.

Pay attention to your run in and if you come up short of the sweet spot, you’ll know to drop in higher or eliminate a speed check on your next attempt.

2) Edging is not carving

Most of your power to spin comes from carving on an edge, but just because you’re on your toe or heel edge, doesn’t mean you’re carving. If you don’t carve, you lose a lot of rotation power and that’s a huge reason why people fail to rotate enough on their 360s.

The easy way to tell whether you’re carving is to ask yourself this question: “Am I riding in a straight line while riding on my edge?”

If you’re carving, your board will be turning. If you aren’t carving, you’ll be riding in a straight line (which means you won’t have any rotation power to help you spin).

Make sure you’re carving and not just riding on an edge.

3) Approach from an angle from one side of the jump

When you carve, you turn your board right? This means you can’t approach from right in front of the jump.

You need to approach at an angle from one side of the jump to compensate for the turning that will happen once you start carving, otherwise you’ll run into the trap of sitting on an edge without carving.

Want your riding analysed with 1 on 1 feedback to help you stomp new tricks?

If you’re interested in joining our VIP snowboarding group (which includes our video analysis and coaching group), click here and sign up for our free lesson series. You’ll get details for our VIP program after you finish our free series.

– Jed

ps – The latest Snomie snowboard podcast is recorded and should be up within the next week 🙂

The Lie About Snowboard Trick Tips

Firstly, hi… I’m still alive, I’ve just been busy behind the scenes with our private snowboard freestyle members answering questions and adding more video tutorials to our members only trick tip tutorial library (if you’re not a member you can check our some free video lessons and join here).

I did record episode 2 of the Snomie podcast, but someone *cough* JP *cough* has a habit of tapping his hand on the mic constantly and I had to scrap that recording due to constant loud tapping sounds throughout the whole podcast, so we’ll be recording that session again.

Anyhow, I thought I’d do a quick blog about a snowboard topic that kind of annoys me… the lie about snowboard trick tips.

Why 9/10 snowboard trick tip videos are worthless

Since I got into the trick tip tutorials niche, I get asked a lot about why I don’t create more advanced trick tip snowboard tutorials beyond our current snowboard trick tip videos on basic tricks.

After all, current members will notice I always stick to the basics in my tutorials.

  • 180s, 360s, basic butters, 50/50s, boardslides

Everything else I teach is just drilling down even more into those tricks and teaching other aspects of snowboard freestyle designed to help you land those basic tricks better.

There’s the reason why… you don’t need advanced trick tutorials and advanced trick tutorials are worthless to 99% of snowboarders learning freestyle.

1) Advanced trick tutorials do nothing for 99% of people who can’t even land consistent 360s

How many people reading this now will benefit from an advanced jib tutorial teaching you how to 270 onto a box, switch up 180, switch up 180, then 270 out of a box? Not many. Most people can’t even land a 360 consistently on a 10 foot jump, much less  do fancy rotation combos on a box.

And yet those type of advanced tutorials are what more and more sites popping up everyday are creating.

They realize that to get more hits, more sales and more traffic, the easy route is creating more trick tip tutorials… but the problem is those tutorials rarely benefit the people watching them.

They watch them and think “That’s cool… but I can’t even do the basic tricks leading up to this yet” or “I want to do that one day, but not yet..” Screw that, what good is wishing you can do something when you’re still struggling with learning the basics.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather learn and focus on basics like 180s and 360s and get that mastered first instead of watching tutorials I can’t use and wishing I could do those bigger tricks.

I’ve probably said it a hundred times on Snomie, but the percentage of freestyle riders who can even land basic tricks consistently is so small that most trick tip videos are just clickbait that won’t help you at all because you’re still struggling with the basic tricks.

2) If you’re ready to do advanced tricks you’ll already know how to do them

Here’s a big thing most beginner freestyle riders don’t realize… everything beyond those basic tricks are just a combination of the same basic tricks.

Want to 270 on and 270 off a box? Great, just start the same technique as a 360 rotation, then land on the box, continue into another 360 at the end of the box… and if you have basic jibs and basic 360 spins mastered I bet you’ll actually be able to land 270s on/off within a day or two of trying them.

You simply don’t need advanced tutorials if you master the basics properly because the basics are what make up every advanced trick and you’ll quickly realize that once you move past a certain level in your snowboarding.

Do you think pro snowboarder Torstein Horgmo needs someone to tell him how to add another 180 to his latest trick? Of course not, he takes the same technique he mastered for basic 180s and 360s and puts together another 180 at the end of his current trick.

That’s why advanced trick tip tutorials are useless. The people they are designed for already know how to do the advanced trick and the people who can’t benefit from them are the ones watching them thinking it’ll help them while they still struggle with the basic tricks leading up to the advanced trick.

Why Snomie tutorials refuse to go ‘advanced’

So here’s my goal with trick tip tutorials. I’m not aiming to pump out a ton of tutorials you don’t need. I’m aiming to be laser focused on the basics and combining it with what you need.

The only ‘advanced’ tutorials I want to do are advanced tutorials for mastering BASIC tricks.

For example, with most snowboard spin tutorials, people create them like this:

  1. 180s
  2. 360s
  3. 540s
  4. 720s
  5. etc. etc.

However, number 3, 4 and 5 aren’t useful when most people get stuck at 180s and 360s and just dream about learning those bigger tricks.

Instead, with Snomie tutorials I always aim to build them like this:

  1. Detailed tutorials on basic tricks (eg: 180s/360s)
  2. Advanced tutorials on skills that aid you in mastering basic tricks
  3. Feedback and ability to ask questions on basic tricks
  4. Coaching and rider analysis to get you landing those basic tricks

To me it seems pretty obvious that helping people with the basics is far more important than cranking out another tutorial on an advanced trick that no one is ready to do yet.

If I make a new trick tip video, it always has to pass the test with me. I have to be able to say “Yes, this is a trick tip people will use, not just watch and wish they could do the trick.”

I aim to make it so that when I’m done, you won’t need me anymore because you’ll KNOW how to move on to the advanced tricks. You won’t need that advanced jib tutorial when I’m done because hopefully if I did my job correctly you’ll know how that advanced jib breaks down from your basic tricks.

There’s zero point having 500 advanced trick tip tutorials when 99% of riders can’t use them, so why not focus on actually getting people mastering the trick tip tutorials they do have and master those basics properly.

I’d rather have 1,000 snowboarders able to stomp smooth 360s, then 10,000 snowboarders still stuck on 360s while watching advanced tutorials they can’t do yet.

– Jed

ps – If you are interesting in joining the Snomie Snowboard Trick Secrets member’s area with all our trick tip tutorials and training + coaching, you can get started here with our free snowboard tutorials.

Where To Look & Focus When Hitting Snowboard Jumps

Today’s reader question:

Where should I look and focus when trying to hit snowboard jumps? I’m doing straight airs (no spin) and I’m not sure where I should be focusing and looking while I hit the jump.

Okay for straight airs it’s relatively straight forward (haha get it? straight forward? oh man, I crack myself up):

The breakdown:

1) Where to look during approach

Your focus should always be on where you are relatively to the lip (end) of the jump take-off when approaching a jump for straight airs.

Straight airs are all about leaving the jump balanced and in control, and the key to doing that is making sure you time your pop to finish just as your board is crossing the lip of the jump.

To do that, you have to pay attention to the lip because you should be watching and waiting for just the right moment to finish your pop and push off both feet just as you leave the lip of the jump. Your entire goal during approach and take-off is staying balanced and timing that pop correctly.

So basically, the entire run-in for a straight air I’m looking at the end of the take-off and thinking in my head, “alright, I’m getting closer to the end of the jump now… okay now it’s almost time to pop…. alright time to pop now.”

Note: Remember, popping is about control, not power. Firm even pressure while pushing off both feet is the key to a good pop.

2) Where to look once in the air

Once in the air, your focus should always be on looking at where the landing is and how close you are to landing because your goal in the air is getting your legs ready to absorb the impact of landing, and absorbing the impact just as you land.

You’ll notice that I talk about timing a lot because timing is basically the glue that holds everything together. If you don’t pay attention to where you are and how close the landing is to you, you won’t be able to bend your legs and absorb the impact of the landing at the right time.

3) Why can’t I focus on the landing in the air?

Not being able to focus on anything while in the air is normal at first. That’s just typical aerial awareness that has to develop over time.

Basically everyone is blind in the air when they first hit jumps, but over time that foggy moment in time starts to get clearer and clearer and you’ll start being able to know where you are in the air.

The key is just doing your best to focus on where the landing is when you’re in the air and with time you’ll find that focusing on the landing because easier and less of a blur and eventually you’ll even able to throw in a grab while spotting the landing in the air.

Hope that helps answer your question.

– Jed