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Old 12-29-2010, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was trying to do a simple front 180, and I just kept landing perpendicular to the landing. I don't know why I can't spin all the way, because I'm winding up and swinging my arms and everything. I just can't make it the full 180 degrees.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you do it on carpet?

Can you butter them?

Can you ride switch?

You are cramping up probably.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Can you do a flat ground 180??
I just started doing flat grounds, as my 180's off jumps was hit/miss mostly miss. I found I really need to rotate my shoulders. My shoulders would come around 90* then stop, hence stopping my rotation and I would land perpendicular to the jump or just a bit past perpendicular. Sometimes slamming sometimes barely saving it and riding off.
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Practice 180's on carpet, at a stand still on snow, then flat ground slow riding

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Old 12-29-2010, 06:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You definitely need to get switch down, switch straight airs are good too (low speed, they're scarier than shit the first couple you do).

Another thing I like to practice is going down the hill like you regularly do, then continue your carve all the way around until you're facing back up hill. Then jump and turn 180. This way you're doing a 180 at speed but you're still landing your regular way facing back down the mountain.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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there's absolutely no reason to wind up or swing your arms on a FS 180. You can do a FS 180 all with your legs/hips.

That said, if you are winding up and swinging, I'd venture a guess that there's a problem with your windup/technique, because you should be able to easily spin 180.

YouTube - Frontside 180 Snowboard Trick Tip with Abby Lockhart

Watch her upper body in this it almost doesn't move at all. You should be landing switch, not fakie, so your torso/shoulders/head really shouldn't need to be "spinning" at all.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think OP needs to give more details.
  • experience riding: beg, int, adv?
  • Flat ground?
  • Park jump
  • Side hit
  • medium jump
Reg or goofy rider, not sure that's necessary but can't hurt.

When I was doing my flat 180's I need to really wind up. It might be easier for the more advanced riders but even simple tricks for newbies (myself) still take more work.

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