Hi this SnowboardAddiction.com riding with
Nev Lapwood and Dan Gerstner. Buttering on a snowboard & flat land tricks
refer to playing around on your board while flexing and holding positions over the nose
and tail. It gives you stuff to do when riding flat or boring terrain, or if there is no
terrain park available. In this tutorial, we cover an introductory
buttering trick, tail butter 180 out. Buttering tricks don’t really have names, I’ve called
this a tail butter 180 because that’s the movement of this trick.
Buttering is far easier on gentle slopes, rather than steep terrain. There’s no rules
to what you can or can’t do, it’s all about fun and style. Prerequisite techniques
For this buttering trick, you have to have a few skills on lockdown first.
You must be able to do ollies ….and nollies. You need to be able to hold the tail butter
position while riding. You need to be able to jump 180s, and specifically
180s using counter rotation. The techiniques behind ollies, nollies and
how to hold a tail press are all covered in our basic buttering vids.
Tactics for learning 180s are covered in detail in our 180s tutorials so check that our first
before trying to learn this trick. Tail Butter 180
The tail butter 180, is an introductory buttering trick and very achievable for riders new to
buttering. This trick can be done with either a frontside 180, or a backside 180 out. Start
with the frontside 180 as most riders find this easier. Step 1
Begin by jumping a few frontside 180s using counter rotation. Counter rotation is where
your upper and lower body rotate against each other in the air.
You can get the feeling of this by jumping 180s with your board off. Either hold an object
like a bar or pretend your holding something. Jump and do a 180. This is counter-rotation
because during the trick, your upper body and lower body rotate against each other.
After you understand the movement, use a more relaxed looking position. Step 2
Try this while riding on a flat slope. The key is to be in this position as you jump
with your upper body facing forward and you lower body straight. Being in this position
will allow you to counter-rotate the 180. Incorporate an ollie into this movement. Ollie
counter-rotated 180. Practice these until you can snap the 180
quickly, you’re then ready to add this to the butter. Step 3
Practice the basic tail butter position a few times. It’s easier to nollie into any
buttering trick on your tail. Small nollie, to hold a controlled stylish
tail press, then pop an ollie out. You can do this with an ollie, but it’s much
harder to keep the nose of your board from slapping back to the ground. Try ollie into
a tail butter and you’ll see what I mean. In a clean pressed position, your nose should
be lifting approximately 10cm or 4 inches. A small controlled press looks good. Trying
to press the board too much is a common problem and is way harder to balance. Step 4
It’s time to slap these stepping stones together to make actual buttering trick.
Nollie tail butter, ollie frontside 180 out. The key get to making this work is your final
body position right as you’re popping the 180. As you nollie into the tail butter, begin
to open up your upper body. When you reach your maximum open position where your upper
body is at an angle of 90 degrees or more away from your board, this is when you ollie
and snap the front 1. You need to be slightly on your heel edge,
your board may even turn slightly frontside while buttering before you 180. This is normal.
You can slide it around as much as you desire. The whole trick should be one smooth movement
with no delayed point or dead period. If you’re having any forced movement or still
period, then try doing the whole trick faster. Rotating your upper body as you nollie in,
holding the pressed position for only a second then snapping the 180 out.
One of the most important points is to just keep it smooth and stylish with no forced
movements. Backside 180 out
The exact same trick can be done ollieing a backside 180 out, to mix it up and build
your skills. The only major difference is that a backside
180 uses what’s called a blind landing as you land the trick. Blind landings are covered
in detail in our 180s video. Step 1
Jump some backside 180s with your board off using counter-rotation to see how this feels.
Your upper and lower body, rotate against each other to make the 180 happen.
You can get the feel by holding onto something or an imaginary object. After you’ve got the
basic technique, relax and let your body flow through this movement smoothly. Step 2
While riding, ollie and do a counter-rotated backside 180. Land blind and ride away before
looking into your new direction of travel. A blind landing helps to make the trick look
smooth and easy. It prevents you from reverting and allows you to ride away switch in a straight
line. Step 3
For the full trick, nollie into a tail press, close your upper body into a wound up position,
ollie and counter-rotate a backside 180 out. Land blind and ride away.
The key to making this 180 easy is to use lots of counter rotation. Right as you ollie,
your upper body needs to be 90 degrees or more offset from your board. The more wound
up you are, the easier it’ll be to perform the 180.
You also need to be slightly on your toe edge and your board may have already started rotating
a little. That’s fine and happens naturally as a result of the direction your upper body
is leading into. Style
Style is important with all butters. They should look smooth, effortless and fun.
When you’re first learning these 2 tricks, keep the nollies in and ollies out small and
controlled so that they’re easy. As you get better and want to challenge yourself.
Put more emphasis into every part of the trick. Pop your nollie harder to get more height.
Emphasize the pressed position by sinking your hips down towards your tail. This will
also bring the nose of your board higher from the ground.
Spring from your tail ollieing a big 180 out. It’ll take substantially more effort but will
separate you from other riders making you stand out from the crowd.
Smoothness and control is more important than the height and pop you get. Terrain
Once you’ve learnt this trick you can take it to other terrain features.
Rolls over knuckles and cat tracks are 2 fun spots to do these.
Butter across the flat areas then pop your 180 off the roll. It’ll naturally give you
a little extra height and hang time, which makes it feel good and look better too.
These butters translate into the tail press front 1 and tail press back 1, which are intermediate
rail and box tricks. The body positions are the exact same. Summary
The tail butter 180 is a simple introductory buttering trick.
If you practice your quick counter-rotated 180s and balancing in the tail press position,
then you should be able to easily tie them together for this trick.
The key is your final body position right as you ollie the 180. Make sure your upper
body is 90 degrees or more away from your board, which makes it easy to counter-rotate
a full 180. Learn this both frontside and backside as
it’s an essential stepping stone to many other buttering tricks.
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