Switch Backside 540 With Eric Willet

“This is a good trick for competition. It’s good for photos and to style out.”

From the January 2012 Issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding

20 Tricks: Volume 5

Eric Willet’s switch back 540. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Trick Rating: 8

Approach: Once you’ve got the speed dialed, make a slight heel-edge setup turn before the transition. As you’re going up the jump, put a little weight on your toes.

Takeoff: Use your shoulders to start the spin instead of carving. It’s hard to get a good pop going switch, so practice a lot. Pop by dipping your front shoulder into your chest and slightly down.

Maneuver: Wait until the first 90 to grab. Grabbing too early can throw you into a weird cork. Hold the grab to stay compact until you spot the landing at 450. Keep your head down and your shoulders turned into the spin.

Landing: In the air, focus on keeping your body over your toes. As you touch down, this will help you land on your toe edge instead of washing out on your heels.

Trick To The Trick

“The biggest challenge is to stop yourself from drifting. Stay on your toes, but bend at the knees, not the waist. Use your shoulders to slide the spin at the end instead of carving up the jump.”—Eric Willet