How To Snowboard: Backside 540 On A Hip

With Heikki Sorsa

The primer for advanced hip-shaking, Heikki knows that mastering the backside 540 is key to stepping up your transition game.

Approach: Drop in flat-based, shifting your weight to a slight toe pressure while riding up to the lip.

Takeoff: With hips, angles are everything. Launch at a slightly mellower angle than you would for a straight air—the force of the spin will naturally bring you into the sweet spot.

Maneuver: Initiate the spin by looking over your back shoulder and immediately locking onto your grab—expect to catch a view of the landing area just after 360 degrees.

Landing: Land as high in the tranny as possible, with your weight slightly in the backseat. This will prevent that dreaded "falling from the sky" feeling when spinning into hip transitions.

Remember: The back five on a hip is really just a mellow backside 360 off a jump—same fluid motion, just landing on a perpendicular transition.

Trick To The Trick: Take off about a board's width outside of where you would launch for straight airs. This lets you slowly drift the spin inward, without landing in the flats.

Heikki Sorsa. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

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

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