EMPIRE X VANS TRICK TIPS - The Backside Big spin

EMPIRE X VANS TRICK TIPS - The Backside Big spin

As opposed to pretty much every other sports, SKATEBOARDING ISN’T CANCELED! As long as you do it by yourself and stay 2 meters away from others, nobody should bother you. We know, skating alone can be boring, but when it comes to learning new flatground tricks, being alone is the ultimate way to improve quickly. You, your board and a goal to accomplish. This week, go outside and learn your backside big spins.

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Not only learning a new trick is something extremely rewarding and will most definitely make you super happy, but focusing on your skateboarding progression will also help you keep your head clear during these trying times. There's so much we don’t know right now, but one thing we can confirm 100% is that if you put in the hours on your board, you’ll end up learning tricks.

Other than that, learning new tricks will help you to work on your own discipline, which is one of the best weapon one can have to go through life and difficult situations like the one we’re in now. If you have a strong discipline in life, you can do pretty much whatever you want, so let’s get to it!

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THE ROLL UP

The foot position for a backside big spin is pretty simple. Keep in mind that your front foot won’t be doing much during the trick, so concentrate on placing that back foot nicely on your tail and keeping it flat on there until you pop. Remember that what we are trying to do here is a backside 180 while the board spins a 360 shove it.

Position your front foot slightly angled near the middle of the board, below the front bolts. Your back foot should be placed on tip of the tail with the toes barely hanging over the edge. Try to keep your foot flat on the tail until you pop to avoid the board flipping while rotating.

Once you have your feet placed comfortably on your board, bend your knees to gather pop and start to slightly turn your shoulders backside as you unfold those legs and prepare for takeoff.

THE POP

The key part of this trick for sure! Make sure your back foot is solid and flat on your tail, bend your knees and start to turn your shoulders backside as you prepare to pop. This is the most important moment of the trick, especially for your back foot. As your tail hits the pavement, point your back-foot’s toes towards the ground and kick your foot behind you. This will allow the board to spin, we call it the scoop.

So, pop that tail and scoop the board with your back foot so it spins 360 degrees horizontally. If you turned your shoulders enough before and during the pop, your body will do a backside 180 by itself. Try to snap and scoop the board as hard as you can so it spins fast enough and pops high enough.

THE SPIN AND THE CATCH

Boom! you snapped your tail off the ground and scooped the board with your back foot so it spins a 360 as your body is spinning a backside 180. A good trick to land proper big spins is to have the board spinning like a 360 shove it, but on a slightly steeper axis. Meaning that Instead of spinning flat and parallel to the ground, your board should spin pointing a bit more up. This will allow you to catch the board with your front foot and to stop the rotation of the board before landing.

As the board starts to spin, lift your front leg to give it room for turning. Bring your back foot back under you and look at your board to see when you should catch it and stomp it back down on the ground. A lot of times, you’ll catch your big spin with your body at around 140 degrees in the air and will pivot or power slide the rest of the rotation. It's all good, but try to do the full rotation as much as you can!

THE ROLL AWAY

Since you’ll be landing in the switch position, it’s important to be comfortable with riding switch. Ride around in switch and do some backside 180s to gather confidence for the big spin. You definitely don’t want to end up never landing this trick because you don’t know how to ride in switch.

Once you understand how to ride switch, get warmed up with some pop shove its and backside 180, then get to the main trick. Trust us, the more you try it, the better you’ll understand it. It might take days to get it under control, but think about it, we have nothing else to do right now!

Take a look at our slow-motion videos, grab that board, go outside and learn something new!