Rider - Stu Innes

IMPROVE YOUR TECHNIQUE

Improve your Frontside 360's

If you can get over the common issues with frontside 180s’ then there will only be a few things to work on for locking in your frontside 360's. The key thing I’ve found for the best feeling and looking frontside 3’s is to move from a scrubbed/washed takeoff to a more ollied 360.

Most guys turn up the kicker too early for the frontside 360. They wash up the face of the kicker and even end up doing a frontside 90 even before they’ve left the takeoff. In this article I'll talk about slowly moving your edge engagement takeoff point towards the tail of the board.

Edge Engagement

Your aim should be to slowly move from a washy spin to more of an ollie into the rotation. You start to move the rotation engagement further down the heel edge of the board. You’re almost lifting the nose of the board off the jump as you start the rotation. If you look at the boards below. The long red line shows how much of the heel edge is on the jump as most people spin a frontside 360. The second line in the ideal point as you start to ollie into the rotation. You can also see

Goofy Edge Engagement

GOOFY SNOW MARKS - TYPICAL SCRUBBED VS OLLIED VERSION

Regular Edge Engagement

REGULAR SNOW MARKS - TYPICAL SCRUBBED VS OLLIED VERSION

You can use a subtle counter carve to help time the changeover to your heel edge as you travel up the kicker for the takeoff. Remember that the approach is super important to get right as it will make the initiation of the spin a lot easier. You can see from the drawings the early transition onto the heel edge will result in a scrubbed and less powerful takeoff. The more controlled and patient you can be as you move to your heel edge will enable you to utilise an ollie for the takeoff. 

If you’re struggling take a step back and dial in a solid ollied frontside 180 and build towards the 360. The approach line between a 180 and a 360 will be the same. 

If those are still an issue on a kicker then you’ll want to use the side of piste to refine the movement or even just some heel side traverse ollies.

The key is don’t go straight into the ollie frontside 360. You’ll most likely over cook it and end up blowing out your heel edge.

Don’t fall into the trap of being a scrubber like so many riders. Take the time to do it right as these will look and feel amazing once you get them.

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