Backside 540s On Transitions By Travis Rice
The key to the backside 540—and most pipe tricks for that matter—is to be patient. This is a fun trick to do. Make sure you can ride half-and quarterpipes before you start heaving backside airs, backside 360s, or switch backside rodeo 1080s—all the basics.
Now, before dropping in, run the move through your head a few times—visualize! All you really need is confidence … and maybe a fresh Bluebird wax job.
1. Approach the wall with ample speed—this way you’ll have more above-the-lip hang time.
2. Take off with a pretty flat base—I have a little more control this way.
3. When the first half of your board has left the lip, spank out your last little “guestimate” of pop to place you safely back down in the G-spot of the reentry.
4. Begin to throw the 540 with your upper body and shoulders first. Then slowly extend your knees to match the tranny upon reentry.
5. This is when it’s safe to let your lower body catch up to the rest of you like a rubber band. Find a comfy grab to play with—it helps you calm down and enjoy the moment.
6. Let inertia do all the work, and as you come around, look for the lip. A common mistake is looking down into the bottom of the tranny, where “the fear” resides.
7. Let your board get back to sliding. Attempt to breathe and take it mellow. Hopefully your self-esteem will rise a few points.
Arctic Challenge. Trysil, Norway. Sequence: Frode Sandbech