Thanks for the tips...I went down in the basement, strapped on the NS Revolver and was able to fairly easily get a 3 around basically by keeping my arms close into my body and doing just as you advised...keeping my chin against my shoulder. I'll give it a whirl this weekend and see if I can pull it off on the snow...I might try going backside as well...thanks again!
Hi Andy, It sounds like (from reading this post) that you issue lies with the take off. you can spin, rotate, throw, pre-wind etc all you like but if you don't have a good solid platform to push off you'll be struggling.
I take it that it's frontside 360's you're struggling with so will address that trick here.
In your above comment, you found it easy to get the board around in the basement. Why? Simple reason is the basement floor is solid and you are not moving. The basement floor is giving you a good solid platform to push off and you are well balance as you go through all the motions. In the above case the board does not slide out and you are therefore able to get the air time and rotation needed.
So, we now need to get the same happening on snow. A solid platform, and something to keep us well balanced as we are now going to be moving.
Have a read, if you haven't already the Frontside 180 off the heel edge
This highlights heel edge grip as we prepare and pop off the heels. Similar to a frontside 360.
1. Like with your FS360 ensure you have good grip on your heel edge as you traverse across the slope or approach the kicker. Practice getting low as you traverse across the slope while at the same time pulling your toes up in your boots. (feel that good old shin muscle "Tibialis anterior" burn) Hold this edge (feeling the toes in the tops of your boots) all the way until you leave the ground.
2. Watch out for the following when you go to spin: Rotating with your hips or being lazy with them will cause the back knee to fold in and the toes to go down - this leads to a lack of grip on take off. (read the following)
Balance up against a pillar or wall at home, with your shoulder blades resting against the wall. Feet shoulder width apart balancing on your heels in your socks. Imagine your in a nice gentle heel edge carve. Next, rotate the upper body back and forth turning to face the front of your board, then back inline again. Did the toes on your back foot touch the floor? Well, they shouldn't have. The only way they would have is if you twisted at your waist.
Imagine that nice gentle heel edge carve again, body inline with board leaving a pencil line in the snow. Imagine what would happen to that nice pencil line if you dropped your back toe. You would lose that edge and lose the grip - the board would start to slip/slide out and once you lose that edge it is far more difficult to get it back again. The difference between a nice pencil line carve and a skidded turn is the edge hold.
We want edge hold on take off, as it gives us a solid platform to push off and keeps us balance.
3. Practice being able to twist and rotate the upper body while not disturbing the edge hold (this is the upper and lower body separation that you question in your PM). Once you get this you should find rotations happening a lot easier. Practice leaving the upper body 'twist/separation' latter and latter with every frontside rotation, just try out some small heel edge 180's, see how long you can wait until letting the lower body follow the upper.
Hope this has helped.