Backside 360 Japan In The Pipe With Ross Powers
A backside 360 in the pipe is not a big-sounding move, but it’s a well-respected trick that feels really good when you get it right. Adding the Japan makes the trick more tech and stylish. I learned them last December at Park City resort during a Burton shoot. I liked the trick, and I’d never seen anyone do them in the pipe before. Start by doing Japan 180s, and 360s off a straight jump or a hip-that’s how I learned the trick-then bring it to the halfpipe.
1. Drop into the pipe at an angle, heading for your backside wall. Keep your knees bent throughout the entire flatbottom.
2. Keep your board on edge going up the wall, but don’t edge too hard or you’ll lose speed.
3. At the top of the wall, put pressure toward your toes, making your board more flat-based.
4. Depending on the pipe, either pop off the wall to reenter on an under-vert wall, or let the lip send you if it’s vert.
5. Push your trailing arm toward your back and turn your head to get rotation while grabbing the board mute.
6. With your leading hand grabbing mute, tuck your knees and pull the board toward your back. The mute is now a Japan.
7. Now it’s time to come down: bring the Japan back to mute, then let go of your board and try to spot your landing. You’ll be coming in backward since you did a 360.
8. Land as high up on the wall as you can so you have speed for your next wall.
Good luck and have fun.
This is the day Ross made backside 360 Japans his bitch-sick! Park City, Utah. Sequence: Kevin Zacher