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Old 12-31-2010, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to learn how to spin 360, the problem is I can't on a snowboard. When I'm not attached to a snowboard I can spin almost a 720 on flat ground, but for some reason it doesn't transfer to a snowboard. It feels like my upper body is doing a spin but, I actually noticed that my legs arn't spinning with me, like they sort of are spinning, but really slowly and not the same as the rest of my body, like my legs arn't powerful enough to keep the board spinning at the right speed. So what I want to know is how can I fix this, or if anybody has any ideas on what to do?
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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no but seriously, just practice on the bunny hill jumping 180s while carving, it sounds like you are either trying to initiate your spin once you are already in the air or are trying to spin off a flat base, practice really getting your edge set to make a platform to spin off of before you hop.
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just kinda figured out how to do it so ill throw in some input. What i figured out while attempting it the first few times was to over exaggerate your wind up, not just because it helps you throw yourself into a spin but it also consciously prepares you.

The other thing that got me going in the right direction is TURN YOUR HEAD. I read it on here so many times but never took much of it. After failing a few times i started to turn my head and it helped bring the shoulders around which helps bring the hips and legs around. Just a little incite from someone who just figured it out a little bit.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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After reading this question I wondered if I can spin 360 without my board on, on a regular floor. So I got up and tried it. Then I landed, lost my balance, fell backwards, and hit my head on my chair. I'm thinking trying this on a snowboard is going to be a disaster...
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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After reading this question I wondered if I can spin 360 without my board on, on a regular floor. So I got up and tried it. Then I landed, lost my balance, fell backwards, and hit my head on my chair. I'm thinking trying this on a snowboard is going to be a disaster...
only because I too have lost my balance but with the board on in the back yard this fall practicing in the yard before the snow hit.
  • Walk through a 360 w/o your board, slowly go through the motion, everything arms head shoulders moving in a circle
  • then try it faster, IE: jumping it and landing it correctly still no board
  • Then strap on board and try it on dry land, its harder with board on to bring it around
  • NOW muscle memory is there try it on a gentle slope flat ground 360
  • then build up to small jumps and side hits etc

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Old 01-01-2011, 09:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I want to learn how to spin 360, the problem is I can't on a snowboard. When I'm not attached to a snowboard I can spin almost a 720 on flat ground, but for some reason it doesn't transfer to a snowboard. It feels like my upper body is doing a spin but, I actually noticed that my legs arn't spinning with me, like they sort of are spinning, but really slowly and not the same as the rest of my body, like my legs arn't powerful enough to keep the board spinning at the right speed. So what I want to know is how can I fix this, or if anybody has any ideas on what to do?
As Snowolf said, it's hard to tell without actually seeing you try it, but there's a few common errors that it could be (as said above, I'm just rehashing)

1. You are trying to jump off a flat base, anytime you're doing a spin you want to leave the jump off your edge: See snowolfs post for more info.

2. You're not pulling your legs up under you.

3. You're opening up the second you leave the lip of the jump and then trying to fight the spin around.

Personally, it sounds like you aren't getting the right pop off the jump and aren't developing rotational force before you leave the jump. You don't need a lot of leg strength to throw a 360, so that isn't an issue, it just feels like it due to improper technique at this point. Check out the Snowboard Addiction 360 videos for a really good explanation of setting up for a spin too.
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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There are a lot of reasons that will hold you back from spinning. It could be one, or it could be many. And honestly it's hard to teach one by text. Watch some Snowboard Addiction videos, they cover most everything you need to know.

One thing you should really pay attention to though is not opening up too early. I notice when people transition to their heel edge they do it by opening up and you don't want to do that. Stay closed so you have a good wind up to release off the lip. Hope this helps
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One thing you should really pay attention to though is not opening up too early. I notice when people transition to their heel edge they do it by opening up and you don't want to do that. Stay closed so you have a good wind up to release off the lip. Hope this helps
this is the part I still have trouble doing this is what separates my good 3s from my bad 3s
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I want to pick up on that... a big problem for me personally I think is the lack of head turning.. I can pop 180s precisely.... 3's meh... I get skurred... and I don't feel very comfortable jumping out of a carve until I'm literally traveling back up the hill on the carve... yeah I hold it that long to try haha
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
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and I don't feel very comfortable jumping out of a carve until I'm literally traveling back up the hill on the carve... yeah I hold it that long to try haha
exact same problem here.. I started learning flatground 180s out of a carve and after 5 tries or so I was doing a crippled carve into skid into 90. Took me some time to get rid of that bad habit.
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