How To Snowboard: Backside 540 Stalefish

With Bjorn Leines

Stepping to this pristine Winter Park jump, BJ couples one of the most styled spins in snowboarding with one of its most iconic grabs. 

Approach: The key to approaching the back 540 is a slight heel-to-toe transfer as you're coming up to the lip. You want to go fairly straight off the jump, but you'll be slightly up on your toes.

Takeoff: Carry enough speed to clear the knuckle, springing slightly off your toes. Immediately initiate the spin with your shoulders, and as soon as your body enters the rotation, bring your head around and reach for the grab.

Maneuver: The best part about grabbing stalefish is that you're able to spot the landing right away. You'll lose it for a split second at about 360 degrees, but continuing to bring your head around will help spin the full 540.

Landing: When you're coming out of a spin blind, your head has the tendency to stay looking back up-hill when you land. You want to bring that head around right away—as soon as you can—right into the landing, so you're riding out clean.

Remember: Don't get caught hooking up on the lip by pre-spinning. Try to stay flat, with a slight toe pressure.

Trick To The Trick: The trick to this trick is, as soon as your body begins to enter the rotation, immediately bring your head around and reach for the grab.


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

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