How To Snowboard: Backside 270 Lipslide

With Louif Paradis

Learning to spin onto rails can be an adventure. Start slow and low with this power move, and be ready to ice later. Follow Louif through his signature trick, and you'll add a true banger to the bag.

Approach: This is a pretty next-level trick, so make sure to have frontside lipslides and switch boardslides on lock. Also, make sure you're comfortable spinning backside 360s off small jumps and rollers. You'll need to be prepared to spin fast, full 270s—without much airtime.

Takeoff: With the rail in front of you, start the spin about two board widths away, allowing you the space to slightly drift toward the center with your spin. Lead with your front shoulder, making sure to carry your momentum down the rail. The farther down you travel, the more time you'll have to complete the 270.

Maneuver: Land as centered on the rail as possible. The more between your legs you're sliding, the more control you'll have on the slide. Keep your weight forward, with your eyes locked to the landing zone.

Landing: Your shoulders control what happens once you land on the rail. Pull them back to perpendicular to slow the spin and come out regular, or continue to bring them around and go for the 270 out.

Remember: This is a trick best learned on the smallest features in your park. Be prepared to take a few slams while getting it dialed, but once you're confident spinning over the rail and landing centered, take it to downboxes and eventually downrails.

Trick To The Trick: The trick to the back 270 lipslide is all about the initial spin. Make sure to be keep plenty of clearance above the rail while spinning to prevent catching your nose while coming around after the first 180.

Louif Paradis. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

From the February 2011 Issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding and 20 Tricks Vol. 4

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