Thanks for the recommendation
Does anyone have any pointers or things to take into notice when getting into freestyle? I've been trying to get into it, but I'm not sure how to. I've been getting into jumps and trying to do some basic 180s and 360s, but I can't seem to get them down.
So basically with freestyle it's all about figuring out exactly what you want to learn and breaking it down. Everything has a step-by-step progression and you want to do things step-by-step instead of going for that bigger trick like a 180 or 360 right away.
It sounds like you want to learn spinning and jumps, so here's roughly the progression path you'd want to be following (I'm assuming you're already a solid rider and have basic turning/carving skills already - if not you want to get your riding level up to that before learning freestyle):
1) Learn to pop
Pop is basically how you push off evenly with both feet as you ride up the take-off ramp of a jump and the whole point of pop is setting yourself up to get a nice stable launch into the air. If you don't pop, you're going to have issues with staying balanced and upright as you get airbourne.
There's a good discussion on popping we just had that you should find useful here (look for my later post with the photo and explanation of popping inside that thread): http://www.snowboardingforum.com/tip...lem-jumps.html
You'll want to have straight airs (no rotation) off jumps mastered and stable with pop 9 times out of 10 before you even think about spinning off a jump.
2) Flatground spins
Okay this is where things get a little complicated because spinning by itself is a complicated technique, but basically what you want to do is start with 180s and you want to learn spinning on flatground, don't learn them on jumps until you have them figured out on flat green runs first.
Learn to combine carving, body rotation and pop all together while riding down a flat green run or off mini sidehits before you take it to jumps. I don't have a public spinning tutorial on this yet (it'll be coming later this month... but more on that later), but there are plenty of free basic trick tip videos on spinning on youtube. Most of them are pretty old and short, but they'll at least give you a rough rundown of how spin works and you can apply that to your practice.
The key with any video tutorial you'll find online (at least the ones I've seen on youtube) is taking that same spin technique that every tutorial describes and learning it on flatground and mini sidehits/drops first instead of taking it to jumps right away. A lot of them kind of skimp on the practice and some basics, but just remember that despite how easy it looks, the timing of spinning is one of the trickiest things to learn in snowboarding, so stick with it.
Also, the thing most people screw up with spinning is carving so here's a quick blog I did awhile ago on getting that basic carve line figured out: The Secret To An Effortless 360 Rotation - The Perfect Carve Line
Don't even think about spinning off a jump until you have that 180 figured out on flatground or sidehits first. Master the timing of combining your carve, pop and body rotation on flatground to spin 180s and you'll find that when you take it to jumps later it'll be 100 times easier.
Anyhow, that's your basic gist for what you want to learn, if you have questions on specific parts of spinning feel free to ask, most people have a few questions with regards to spinning once they get started since it's a complicated topic, but I encourage you to join the forum and stick around because I'll be releasing what I think is the most comprehensive and detailed free video lessons to spinning, jumps, jibs and butters on the forum later this month