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How To Snowboard: Pole Jam Backside Rodeo Out

with Sebastien Toutant

After burning through backside 180s, threes, and fives off the pole, Seb Toots takes you through, up, over, and around something truly next-level: pole jams to backside rodeos. This trick takes total commitment. No baby footing around this one. 

Approach: As you’re riding up the pole, check your centers: your weight over the center of your board and the board lined up over the center of the pole.

Takeoff: The key at takeoff is to launch with both feet simultaneously. At the same time that you pop, throw your head back and get ready for the flip.

Maneuver: Bring your knees up to meet your chest, grabbing behind your bindings with your front hand. Keep on reaching back with your head, pulling with your grabbing hand if you need a bit more speed and power in the flip.

Landing: Once you bring the flip around and the landing area comes back into view, look over your back shoulder to spin the final backside 180. Land switch, riding away on your toe edge.

Remember: Really throw your head back when learning the backside rodeo. Pretend you’re trying to bite a pizza/apple/whatever that’s hanging just behind your head—sounds lame, but it really works.

Trick To The Trick: The trick to flipping off of a pole jam is to make sure you’re completely flat-based and popping with both feet at the same time.

Sebastien Toutant. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

From the November 2010 Issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding and 20 Tricks Vol. 4

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