Over a year ago, I set myself the task of working towards a backflip. However, I did have a few problems. One, I’m rather old and two, I have next to no real experience of flipping or being upside down. Sure I’d tried a few things on a trampoline, but taking it to a board was another matter altogether.
The funny thing is the winter I landed my first backflip and as I reflect on this I feel the journey, the work I put in and all the people that helped on the way meant a lot more than the actual achievement of the trick.
As I stood there with a drone buzzing above my head about to drop in on a hand built off piste jump I was just thinking I’m as ready as I can be and I just want to get this shit done. Lets skip the talking and get on with it. “Dropping…”
The journey properly began in January 2016. I wanted a fresh challenge and a backflip seemed like an obvious place to start. I considered them to be more ballsy than technical, so I should be able to grow a pair and start to learn them.
I suppose with most things, you think it will be a brief bit of training and hey presto you’ll have them dialled. Sadly I was in for some serious adjustments both mentally and physically that would actually highlight a lot of faults and breaks in my own riding and personality.
Following an attempt on a trampoline that resulted in me landed on my head I was not going to risk just having a go on my own again. I got in touch with Graham - a trampoline coach in Hemel Hempstead and booked in some private sessions. He’s a snowboarder so understood where I was coming from. I’d signed up previously for some adult trampoline courses, but the classes were very structured and did not develop much in the way of flip skills. I did not want to just learn to seat drop. I needed to skip a few steps.
Paul had everything setup for the drone so the time was right to have a go. I have to say it was rather intense to think about trying it for the first time. There are so many unknowns, but the key was to not panic and not land on my head.