Frontside 180s

With Nick Dirks

Frontside 180s might not seem like much of a trick, but take it to a jump and you’ll realize making a front one look stylish is a tall order. Nick Dirks is here to show you how to put up a legit 180 on this Winter Park step-up. 

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1. Frontside 180s are easy when cruising around on the runs, or on small jumps, but it gets a little trickier when you take it to a bigger jump. Since there’s so little rotation it can be hard to keep your spin to only 180 degrees.

2. Come into the jump with a little more speed than you’d want for a straight air since you’ll inevitably lose a little speed on the takeoff. You don’t need to make a big sweeping setup turn for a front 180, but you will want to leave the lip with your weight on your heel edge.

3. When you leave the lip, don’t initiate any spin. A front 180 requires so little rotation that you don’t need to wind up at all. Just leave the lip like you would for a straight air, and slowly start to rotate your shoulders. Get that grab as early as possible—Indy or nose should be easiest.

4. The beauty of the front 180 is that you can see everything that’s happening. Take a second to enjoy the airtime, maybe bone your grab out a little, and continue to spin slowly.

5. As you’re coming down to land, let go of your grab and lower your legs. Keep in mind that while it’s natural to want to land on your heel edge, it might lead to a washout. Try to land as flat-based as possible, if not a little on your toe edge. Ride away, go learn front threes, and get ready to start wrapping your head around the five.

“When you bring it around set it down on your toe edge, that’s what I do, ’cause if you land on your heel edge, you’ll slip out.” —Nick Dirks

Nick Dirks. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen