I was at Xscape Castleford last night for 2 hours of freestyle fun. I got talking to a guy and ended up sessioning the box and rail with him, which was really good because he helped me to learn a new trick.

Well, actually we started off talking about me wanting to do some sort of frontside boardslde with rotation, but what I ended up doing was a backside tailslide (couldn’t find an example of the snowboarding version). I’ve gotta say that I’m not exactly au fait with the various trick definitions – but the goal was to spin backside onto the box and then do some kind of press/slide with my back facing down the hill. That’s why I ended up doing a back-tail instead of a front-board…

It’s a pretty sick feeling. Last night was the first time I’d tried this, and first time up I had my weight too far over my toe edge and ended up on my knees. However, apart from that and a heel edge snag – which resulted in me sliding head first down the box on my back and then dropping off the end – it all went pretty smoothly.

I wanted to rotate it round so that I ended up pretty much doing a nose press and popping off the end fakie. The tip I got here was simply to look down at the outside of my back foot, the one that I was pressing the tailslide on, which totally worked.

I moved on to trying to 180 out, which would put me back to riding regular, but this was kinda hard. The problem was the position that I had my shoulders and arms in to prompt the slow rotation: it wasn’t good for spinning out a further 180 in the same direction. From that position it felt more like I should have popped a 180 ollie back in the oposition direction to the rotation, but that was hard too 🙂

More to work on next time. Great boarding.

I managed to cause further damage to the Kink, which is now firmly on it’s last legs. Probably time to get a new board and do a review of this one.

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