Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Seattle Washington
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Frontflips are loads of fun when you learn how to do them right.
Just work on getting them cartwheel style on the trampoline. Yet i can only cartwheel by dunking my left shoulder. and popping my hips up to the right (Counter clockwise i suppose). Yet im a goofy rider (sense a problem here?)
I learned frontflips off a little ledge in the park during a spring day. our landing was just a big mushy downslope of slush. Since I couldnt comfortably cartwheel by dunking my right shoulder, it took a lot of attempts to be able to land them.
What I did instead of cartwheeling, i just squared off my shoulders and treated it like it was a normal frontflip on the trampoline. Except I would kinda keep my board pointing downhill. Took a few tries, but I eventually landed a few times them and got comfortable with them and took it to random features around my hill and off some smallish jumps (7-15')
As you get about to doing your flip, try to crack the craziest nollie you have ever done and throw your shoulders over your nose. You will feel a shit ton of power and flex crank out of your board. Dont throw with your arms, throw with your chest. Try it a few times and then you'll land it. you only need a second or two of air time to do them. And first try them in decently deep pow or slush.
Its a very straight forward trick, it just takes a little bit of courage to man up to it. Have a friend or a local show you a good spot to try them, and watch that person do it off that spot before you do it. That way you get amped on trying it.
Recently learned them switch over at Mt.Hood where I can dunk with my left shoulder, hell of a lot easier. Flips are fun, but can be a bit dangerous, just feel safe with what your about to attempt.
2011 edit thingy. Peep it, there are backflips.