My name is Garrett Okun. Oh my god, there is an Iphone down there!
My name is Garrett Okun. Where are you? We’re in Wilson, haha. Whistler, B.C, Bro!!! Yeah, that’s where we are. We are in Whistler. The trick I’m going to teach you today
is how to do backflips. Before you try a backflip you want to be comfortable clearing a jump with a
reasonable size gap, definitely know how to straight air a jump, you want to be comfortable doing 360’s so you have some air awareness. Hopefully you have done flips into pools, on
trampolines so you’re comfortable upside down, so you don’t get
freaked out the first time your heels go over your head. When you’re going into a jump for a backflip you want to make sure you have enough
speed to clear the jump and you want a little extra speed because you’re going to be
going upside down and definitely don’t wanna come up short on
this one. Take the necessary speed but don’t take a lot of unnecessary turns
once you get your speed dial. Flat base a little on your toe edge. Right as you’re about to take off you want to make sure to not pop early, if you lean back and pop to early your going to know you dome off the takeoff. No go. You want to pop at the proper time, look up
at the sky, helmet doesn’t fly back. So you want to get to the same point where
you’re going to pop for a normal jump and you’re just gonna look back. In the air you need to think about
controlling the speed of your flip. Whether you need to stay tucked or open up a little bit to slow it down. Just focusing on keeping your
rotation, spotting your landing. Seeing your landing, stomping it bolts. The number one rule is don’t freak out.
If you’re going to do a backflip you have to tell yourself, alright today I’m doing a backflip I’m not
going to wuss out once I get in the air. That is the number one worst thing that can happen.
If you get upside down you decide, well doing a backflip wasn’t a good idea. Yeah,
you’re going to have a bad time. Just commit, commitment is key. It’s like having a girlfriend you know you
can’t have a good relationship if you’re not fully committed. Otherwise you’re going to land face first in the snow. My first back flip experience
was at my home mountain back in North Carolina. They built a back flip jump right into a landing of one of our jumps. It’s was like a huge scoop, almost vert jump. It was just
a backflip jump. It was just a pretty steep take-off, with a nice landing. The first time
I ever did it me and my roommate just went out and said we’re going to learn backflips and tried to psych each other out. Went out and we were like we’re learning
backwards today. The first few times we weren’t committing and
just kinda landing on our backs or our stomachs. Then finally tucked and did it.