Frontside 50-50 On a Kink With Joe Sexton

"Learn this trick in the park, and then take it to a normal down bar in the streets before you commit to a kink in the streets."

From the September 2011 Issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding

20 Tricks: Volume 5

Difficulty: Hard

Approach: When you get to a spot, assess what you'll use for speed. I'm using a drop in ramp, and on average I set it up 20 to 30 feet from the jump, but test it out and see what's comfortable.

Takeoff: Pick your line and stick to it. Crack a good enough ollie so that you just get on the rail, but make sure you get your nose over the rail. You'll lock in a lot better and feel more comfortable on the rail.

Maneuver: Once you land on the rail, make a quick adjustment to center your body so you can absorb the first kink. Stand up straight on the flat and recommit and focus on the last down--it will feel just like getting onto a down bar.

Landing: If you made it this far, you got this! Spot that landing and come straight off the end, but remember: you're not in the park anymore and the landing is probably going to be flat.



Joe Sexton. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Trick To The Trick: "Even though it's sometimes frowned upon, I like to keep a rut in the jump. It gives me a good mental marker to find the best approach to the rail." --Joe Sexton