Switch Backside 540 With Devun Walsh

If anyone knows how to make a switch backside five look easy, it's Devun. We should all aspire to float through the air as effortlessly as he does. Check the technique and try it for yourself.

From the April 2010 Issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding

20 Tricks: Volume 3

Devun Walsh. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen


1. You should get switch back fives figured out in the park first, then bring them to the backcountry. Practice them on all kinds of jumps and decide which suits you best, then set out to build one with similar pop.

2. It's always a good idea to hit the jump once or twice to try a couple warm-up tricks. Get a feeling for the jump, the trajectory, and the landing—and when you're confident you can chuck a switch back five, it's time to give 'er.

3. Commit, drop in, and point it. As you near the lip, wind up your upper body a little and transfer your weight to your toes. You don't want to carve too hard off the lip, but putting a little pressure on your toe edge will help you initiate a smooth spin.

4.  Pop off the lip like you have on so many park jumps before. Bring your board up, grab, hold on, and keep looking over your trailing shoulder. The last 180 will be blind, so think back to the feeling of that switch back one, and look for the landing under your feet.

5. As you're coming into the landing, let go of your grab, open up, and make any necessary adjustments to your body position. You don't want to land too far in the backseat, just a little bit heavier on your back foot. Stomp, ride away, and throw up a celebratory slash.


"I think this trick is actually a little easier than a switch backside 180 because you're not staring at the landing and panicking the whole time."—Devun Walsh