Frontside 360s Off Natural Features By Benji Ritchie
Stance: Regular. Eighteen degrees front, negative-fifteen rear, and 23 inches wide.
Sponsors: Rossignol, Billabong, DAKINE, Iris, ThirtyTwo, Etnies, Empire
I’ve been riding backcountry more and more over the past two years, and there’s lots of shit to do out there. You can always build booters, but it’s pretty cool to do tricks off natural stuff as well.
1. First, you should be comfortable with frontside threes and landing in powder.
2.When you find something that looks like it will work, you should always check it out from the top and bottom. Scope everything from the takeoff to the landing, figure out your line and the proper speed, and ensure the landing is steep and deep.
3. When you “feel it,” hike up and prepare to drop in. Concentrate on feeling confident and relaxed—then everything usually goes fine.
4. Approaching the takeoff spot, start a light heelside turn, giving a little more momentum for the frontside spin. Snap a little ollie off the tail as well, ’cause there’s no kicker to “pop” you into a quick rotation.
5. Give it your favorite grab (melon or Indy is easiest) and spot the landing as you come around, just like a regular frontside three.
6. Now is the time to stomp it—set your tail down first with slightly more weight on the back leg so you don’t dig the nose and rag-doll. Now ride out and go home.
7. If you eat shit the first few tries, please don’t put it on me.
Coastal Mountains, B.C. Sequence: Mark Gallup