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Old 01-06-2014, 02:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do you prefer spinning frontside or backside? Why?

I prefer spinning backside any day, I find it much easier to pop off my toes, I get more air and distance it just feels smooth.

Spinning fs kinda freaks me out because I'm not super consistant popping off my heels and I'm more prone to pre-rotating and scrubbing speed off the lip which can lead to knuckling out...

Obviously I need to spend more time spinning fs though haha. The odd thing is I find more people are scared to spin bs because they don't like the blind beginning of the rotation. Personally that doesn't bother me, nor does landing blind on a 180 but on a 3 you see your landing so nicely bs, fs its blind and if you under rotate it can be really messy.

so anyways... your thoughts??
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Same for me, BS off a park jump any day. I just understand the rotation going backside a lot better and the blind landing on FS 3's still does freak me out a bit.

Which is weird because on natural features I like to spin frontside and hardly ever spin backside.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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BS for me too. I just feel more control and power off my toe edge. Only FS I like to do is 180s usually involving some sort of press or butter to make it a little more stylish.
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Frontside off-toes depends on how much I try to spin, Bs 5 is way easier than a Fs 5 for me but a 360 is easier frontside than backside I like to do basic Fs spins off-toes because you get a bit more challenge and a bigger pop.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Same for me, BS off a park jump any day. I just understand the rotation going backside a lot better and the blind landing on FS 3's still does freak me out a bit.

Which is weird because on natural features I like to spin frontside and hardly ever spin backside.
The weird thing for me is I used to prefer fs when I was younger and bs freaked me out, now I'm the opposite after coming back haha. I think the main thing for fs for me is I have to go faster then I would for bs or straight airs and that always makes me think I'm gonna overshoot.
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my favorite fuckaround tricks are bs 180s and fs 360s... i guess i like blind landings... i usually look back uphill as i land.
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my favorite fuckaround tricks are bs 180s and fs 360s... i guess i like blind landings... i usually look back uphill as i land.
I'm the same way. Love the floaty BS 180s and front 3's.

Spinning frontside is way easier for me, so I think its just a thing of preference. I can almost spin 720 frontside but still have trouble with my backside 3's. That initial blind spin going BS freaks me out.

PS...I find that my BS 360 always land me tail-heavy. Should I just be shifting my weight to be more centered on the board? Almost "lean in" to the jump before popping off my toes?
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PS...I find that my BS 360 always land me tail-heavy. Should I just be shifting my weight to be more centered on the board? Almost "lean in" to the jump before popping off my toes?
I find that popping into it almost like I'm jumping backwards as I start my rotation gets me into a flat level spin and lets me land balanced on both feet. Does that make sense? I'm worried about saying "lean into it" because you could catch edge, but right as you pop think about jumping to a flat body position. Grabbing mute helps too.
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whichever direction you prefer, don't neglect the other one, that's were the challenge lies

the jump, or lip, usually suggest which direction to spin for me (no park)
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Backside for me, but my frontside is almost the same for spins under 7s. For most people it's just whichever spin they got comfortable with first that becomes their 'natural' spin direction.

I learnt bs 180s first and so that's what I got comfortable with first and it just carried on as I progressed.

You can always make it more even if you force yourself to practice your less comfortable direction, but from what I've seen very few people ever work on their other direction enough to make it feel as natural as their first spin direction (although they really should).
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