How to Butter – Spinning 360s Flatland Ground (Goofy) Snowboard Tricks

How to Butter – Spinning 360s Flatland Ground (Goofy) Snowboard Tricks


Spinning on the ground
The next flatland trick to learn and practice is spinning 360s on a gentle slope while moving.
This is also really good for your switch riding. Start by sliding a gentle backside 180, then
carry it on in the same direction with a switch frontside 180. Pay attention to which edge
is being used in the snow. On the first turn it’s your toe edge then the second 180 is
your heel edge. The idea is to gets these turns linked smoothly together so that you’re
spinning around and around smoothly like this and it doesn’t look like linked 180s. Spinning
slowly will safely give you the feeling so take it easy on your first few tries as it’s
easy to catch an edge. You’re constantly changing between the toe and heel edge and it’s always
your uphill edge in contact with the snow. As you speed up the tempo of changing between
your toe and heel edge your spins will get faster. Hold the rest of your body still and
rotated towards the direction you’re turning. Spinning in only 1 direction will make you
dizzy so be sure you do an equal amount of turns in the opposite direction, sliding a
frontside 180 on the snow and following through in the same direction with a switch backside
180. Heel edge, change to toe edge, to heel edge, to toe edge. Start with slow linked
180s being careful not to catch your edge. Keep you body slightly wound looking in the
direction your rotating and gradually smooth the spins and speed up by changing edges faster.
This exercise gives you a strong edge awareness and you’ll now be far less likely to catch
an edge in your everyday riding. It also challenges you to have a centered balance point as you
ride and improves your switch riding because each 360 involves a regular turn and a switch
turn. Adding Direction Go back to a flat area and nollie into a tail press. Right now my
body is in line with my board. Try rotating your body by opening up your hips, shoulders
and head. You’re now adding some rotation to the pressed position and should feel your
board wanting to turn. Rotate frontside by opening up like this or backside in the opposite
direction. Try this out while riding. Nollie into a tail press and open up. Add a little
weight to your heel edge and your board will start to rotate. This is one of the easiest
real buttering tricks. The more direction you add to your arms, shoulders and hips,
while slightly pressuring the heel edge of your tail, the quicker you’ll rotate. Try
it in the opposite direction. This feels different because you can’t see downhill. Stay balanced
with lots of pressure directing into your tail and slightly to the edge. Remember the
nose only needs to be raised a small amount.

Antonio Breitenberg

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