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Caffeine 01-22-2014 05:11 PM

Attempting Back 3 for the first
Well the long anticipated moment has arrived for me! Ever since I strapped into a snowboard for the first time, the back 3 is a trick I have wanted to learn. I will be attempting it this weekend at my local resort off a 25 foot jump.(Too big?) I am confident with straight airs and throwing in grabs such as mutes, indy's, melon's, roast beef, nose grab etc. as well as 180's.

So if some of you more experienced guys would be so gracious as to impart some helpful tips for attempting a back 3 for the first time and maybe some things you found that helped you I would be most thankful:)


ryannorthcott 01-22-2014 05:18 PM

i would probably start on a smaller jump if i were you, just because you don't need a M sized jump to get the rotation around. you don't want to be that guy that gets around a 270 and starts rolling down the windows because you're not used to the rotation. it seems so easy once you get it on lock but the first few tries likely will be awkward (they were for me at least!)

Caffeine 01-22-2014 06:10 PM

Ok...hmmmm the only jump at my resort is 25 feet....then theres a small 3 foot one in the mini park. I hear that the smaller the jump the more you have to huck yourself to get around?

cav0011 01-22-2014 06:35 PM

Have you done them off side hits? on flat ground?

Having said that I just started throwing them this year, I land them about 80% of the time but the biggest I have gone is like a 15 foot kicker. I find that every time I go to the hill I have to kinda re-dial them. Then again spinning FS is the more natural direction for me.

vajohn 01-22-2014 06:46 PM

What do you mean when you say 25' jump? 25' tall, overall length, or 25' of flat before landing? I would start on a jump with maybe 6-10' flat before landing, like in one of the mini parks they have at a lot of resorts now. Start small or risk major injury.

Krato 01-22-2014 06:55 PM

Look dude here's the thing. You need to learn how to flat spin the back 3 first before you take it to a 25 foot jump. Try it first off the knuckle at high speed or the mini park jump. That is a trick you really don't want to fuck up spinning off axis or not knowing how to look over your should to spot your landing. Once you learn how to pop it flat with out spinning hard off your toes you will realize how fluid and easy they are when you also learn how to spot your landing as early as possible. But head my words, do not try it first try on a 25 footer.

vajohn 01-22-2014 06:56 PM

Just start on something really small, you don't need much to get the hang of it before you move on to an intermediate and then maybe a full-sized hit.

jliu 01-22-2014 07:18 PM

What everyone else said...practice on flat and side hits first.

heres a good vid:

How to Backside 360 Part 1 - Snowboarding Tricks Regular - YouTube

I really dig this guy's channel.

Caffeine 01-22-2014 07:22 PM

Ok thanks for the helpful replies! I'll try my best to post some videos of my progress. (If I progress at all)

MarshallV82 01-22-2014 07:47 PM

I felt like it was easier to learn the FS 360 first!

I agree with the others though, find a nice little side hit to practice on before you take it on the 25footer.

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