Some people call it the heelside turn and some people call it the backside turn it is definitely the hardest way to
turn in snowboarding, so today we’re gonna see how it’s done. So first of all the initiation of the turn so that’s when you’re gonna come from your previous turn and enter into the new one that’s when you stand up, take away all
the pressure from your board, and move the weight forward towards your front foot basically that’s how a turn starts. It’s not with the shoulders, it’s not with leaning your upper body it is going to, try to, be having the tip of your edges grabbing into the snow. It all starts from there. So from having the weight on the front foot we’re gonna come down gradually on our
legs and move the weight more centered it’s important to bend down your legs
really gradually because that graduality is really important to have consistent power on your edge, super important the bending has to come from the legs and not from the upper body. Last but not least is going to be the
finishing of your turn, the explosion, so really important at this stage is to really come in and bring the center of gravity really above your edge above your board, and that’s gonna happen with the knee getting tucked in and the ass coming in. But this needs to be done gradually and then at some point you’re gonna feel the explosion the release of the turn where you’re gonna come back towards the center and towards the front foot, to initiate the next turn, easy. The center of gravity all comes from the
core and goes directly down on the floor so if you’re turning in your backside turn, just leaning the upper body with
straight legs all your center of gravity, all the force is going on the on the
floor, on the ground, and there’s nothing on the board, so there’s nothing to hold the board, and it’s just gonna, you’re just gonna lose your edge at the first bump. But what happens is that if you tuck in, like this, now the center of gravity is above the edge so there’s full power on the edge to get maximum grip. So in terms of gear adding a little bit of forward lean will help you a ton in your backside turn but be careful, if you put too much you’re gonna feel trapped, and you won’t be able to feel the flow
under your board. A natural tendency when entering into the turn is to enter leaning inside the turn with the front shoulder and having the back arm raising
in the air saying hello to the Queen. The magic trick is to bring back this elbow and especially towards the end of your turn and that’s gonna give you mega power. You’re gonna feel all the core here, like going like raar like a ball, and it’s just gonna explode forward it’s gonna give you a lot of grip. At the end of the day carving a backside
turn is a really tricky thing where you need to be ultra precise, so get out there and practice my friend.

Antonio Breitenberg

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24 thoughts on “MASTER A SNOWBOARD BACK SIDE TURN with Xavier De Le Rue | How To XV

  1. Stefano Amonte says:

    the movement of the legs is completely different from how they taught me, with a center stance. you move much better with a smoother weight transition from froont foot to back foot.
    Thank you, as usual

  2. The Man On The Mountain says:

    3:22 this was my mistake for years.

    In many places they teach this with your hips totally aligned with your board, which is a fatal error (gorilla style everywhere). If you rotate a little your hip, and then bend your knees like "sitting down" in a chair (kind of), that helps a lot.

  3. Chamonix Ski says:

    Encore un épisode hyper cool merci pour ces leçon !👍

  4. Mike Lindqvist says:

    Xavier thank you! Great tips, some were above my level but still very clear and well explained. Keep ‘em coming!!!

  5. Iván Martín Tarazaga says:

    All my Life thinking this was frontside

  6. Zach Hilty says:

    Heavy turns

  7. Faith & Action says:

    When I was learning how to ride, 32 years ago, I had such a hard time with heelside turning. Got it figured out now though ~

  8. Micah Baird says:

    Excellent use of sound effects in this episode!

  9. Junior Carreau says:

    Merci man
    I just figired out my mistake

  10. Joel Simbrow says:

    Much thanks again Monsieur De Le Rue! Tucking the elbow in is a great fine tune point.

  11. Toune says:

    Merci super video 👌🏻

  12. Bas128 says:

    Now I understand why I often fall over when trying to carve on my heelside. Thanks for this. Loving your video's, keep them coming!

  13. pierrewikberg says:

    Please explain why this is a backside turn and not frontside.

  14. Mark Hughes says:

    I want to hear your tips/tricks for skating on one foot for flat sections

  15. Luca Borroni says:

    I hate to sound like a know-it-all but “edge” is definitely not “bordo” in Italian. It’s “lamina”! Anybody who has ever skied would know the Italian term.
    “Forward lean” doesn’t mean “to move your weight forward”, as the current translation suggests, but rather “to add inclination to the front spoiler”. A major difference.

  16. Dimitris Anastasiou says:

    An episode about the layers in all conditions would be a nice one! Keep up the good job!

  17. GoWithZane says:

    Interesting, this would be called a front side turn in surfing.

  18. Nori Ito says:

    Great video!

  19. Ilias Kouvas says:

    anyone know the song ?

  20. Will Doyle says:

    Subscribed, excited to see where I can take my riding with a lil help from someone who knows what they’re talking about.

  21. Alexander Georgiev says:

    I bought a collapsible cup. Let's all avoid plastic cups.

  22. Adam Středula says:

    Please Xavier, all of you people, which model of these TNF pants it is? Thx

  23. Chauncy Gilmore says:

    What is the best way to make turns on really steep slopes? Do you put pressure on your leading foot and lift your rear foot while twisting your body ? I've been almost like hopping while turning the board but seems a bit sketchy. Love the channel.

  24. Stefano Amonte says:

    How to grab your board in back side turn?

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