Backside: when you are sliding in the direction that you would be if you were walking forward.
Frontside: when you slide the way you would be if you were walking backwards.
The names for these are counter-intuative, as it seems like they should be reversed. but, there is a logic behind it. The reason they are named as such comes from how you turn out of them. When you are doing a backside railslide, you have to turn 90 degress, BACKSIDE, at the end in order to start going forward again. Hence, a "backside railside." Likewise with frontside. Snowboarding stole its terms from skateboarding, who stole it from surfing. So blame the surfers for making up the weirdness.
As for advice on how to land them, where are you run into trouble? siding? dismount? etc?
thats not why, you can turn backside out and land fakie. Its named that way because when you approach the rail for a backside boardslide the rail is behind you and vice versa for frontside.
thats not why, you can turn backside out and land fakie.
Right, you can also do an alley-opp nollie kickflip out and land fakie (skateboarding). The name is based on how your facing, not how you (eventually) land.
Its named that way because when you approach the rail for a backside boardslide the rail is behind you and vice versa for frontside.
Well, we are talking the same thing from different angles. When you are surfing (where all the terms come from), a backside turn is when your back is to the lip of the wave. However, since there is no proper wave in boarding, the term backside/frontside followed from the direction you were turning, not your position relative to some other thing (i.e. a wave, lip of half-pipe, handrail, etc). Hence, you can do a backside or frontside 180/360/540 etc turn on flat ground, yet you are approaching NOTHING from the backside or frontside, and NOTHING is behind or in front of you. The only that is reletive in this example is the direction you are turning, not you relationship to some other fixed object.
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