Getting the Heelside Backside 180 consistent can be somewhat difficult if you don't know how to react to different mistakes that might happen as you land. In this video I will show you the four most common scenarios and how to deal with them as they happen. But first lets go over all the different way you can land this trick.
The four different options for executing this trick are related to how use the handle. Option number one is a handle pass after the board hits the water as you land in the blind position. You don't stay blind for very long in this position and pass it immediately after the board hits the water. I call this the “land then pass option.”
Option number two is landing and riding out of the trick in the cuffed position. The cuffed position is somewhat awkward but is the middle ground to stopping your head in the correct position and really getting the trick consistent.
Next, option three is the hardest way to land. However, the blind landing position is the stepping stone for really getting this trick consistent. If you can land blind, you can use all the other options to control mistakes and save the trick if a fall is coming.
The most important thing with these first three options is to stop your head looking away from the boat. You can see here that no matter what I do with the handle on each option, I still stop my head in the same position to stop my rotation and the tail of the board in the proper position so I don't slide out and fall. The body position, board position and head position are all very similar, the handle is the only thing that changes.
The last option, number 4, is the early handle pass where the rider passes the handle in the air after the halfway point in the rotation. This option is usually the one chosen by most riders when learning because of the natural instinct to pass the handle to the other hand but can actually make the landing hard to control.
Ok, now that you are familiar with all the options lets establish a mind set for dealing with mistakes and establishing better consistency.
When learning or establishing better consistency your intention when executing this HS BS 180 should be to always land blind.
Now if your intention is to land blind there often are times when you get off balance over either your Toeside or Heelside edge. If this happens you must react quickly and perform an action to save the trick. If you don't know which action to perform for each scenario you will take falls.
The most common mistake is landing blind and then getting pulled back by the line tension or the rider just over rotates just enough to make them fall back over their heels. When this happens you can use option number one to pass the handle as you fall back to save the trick and ride away. If you are really falling back hard you can use option number one but also slide the board to regular so you can fall back against the rope and edge away on your normal Heelside.
If you land blind but have too much weight over your toes you can use option number two and ride away cuffed. Having two hands on the handle in the cuffed position helps you deal with too much line tension. Another option if you land too toes heavy is sliding back out of the trick. We call this tic tocing out and you can easily slide back to your normal stance if there is too much tension. This option is ideal if you feel like there is too much line tension which makes it difficult to get your other hand on the handle to get into the cuffed position.
So there you have it. If you land heel heavy pass and ride away or pass and slide around to your normal stance. If you land too toe heavy get into the cuffed position to deal with the tension or stay blind and then tic toc back to your initial stance. If you land blind in perfect position just continue to ride away in control to finish the trick.
If you learn how to land in the first three positions and practice these scenarios you will definitely establish better control that ultimately leads to higher consistency and progression to hard variations of this HS BS spin.