Thought I’d put this up just because it’s pretty ridiculous and I’m sure a lot of people thought it wasn’t possible (me included). If you haven’t already seen it then enjoy. Hats off to him for even trying it in the first place.
I Don’t usually feature ski clips but this is pretty amazing by any standards. Sammy Carlsson with a Switch Triple Rodeo 12! I saw Sammy tearing up the Mammoth park in May this year and he was definitely not shy of a double cork. In fact he did a switch double 12 over the monster kicker in Superpark built by the dudes at Loon mountain and I was standing right next to it. It was absolutely MAAAHOOOSIVE!! The jump was measured at 112ft so bigger than most jumps around. Enjoy!
Not sure if anyone watched Top Gear last night but yours truly was featured racing Richard Hammond down a slalom course while he was driving the Dakar Rally version of the VW Touareg. We filmed the segment over the course of 3 days in Sweden and the final edit looks awesome. The backflip on the snowmobile at the end is off the hook!!
Someone sent me a picture of the final credits and it’s just amusing to see my name along side Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and the Stig. All very amusing considering I was only featured for about 20 seconds!
I filmed this for the Whitelines School DVD which came out in February of this year. I love these kind of park features because there so different to the conventional jumps and you can have a lot of fun.
Trick tip – Noseslide To Switch Frontside Boardslide
This is a pretty technical trick so take caution when trying it. Make sure you got boardslides comfortable over a rainbow rail. It makes you aware of when to jump the 180 halfway through. So by this point you’ve got enough speed to take you over and your ready to try the switch up. Get onto the rail noseslide, as you get to the top your ready to jump to the switch frontside position. Pop off your leading foot and rotate 180 degrees landing on your back foot in the switch frontside position. As you land on your back foot try and lock your foot in so you don’t over rotate. This will help you slide the rest of the rail switch. Just before the rail ends slide your foot back 90 degrees so you ride out switch. When you’ve completed this high five your mates with joy and that’s it. Your now ready to try the process switch. This can be really good for your riding as it opens up a whole lot of other variations of tricks not just on rainbow rails but on kinked rails to. Good luck.
This is possible one of the best feeling tricks out there and if you get it right it can look amazing. You wanna get comfortable with any jump your riding first. No point blasting in and hoping for the best. Do a couple of straight airs so you know the exact speed to take to make the landing. Plus this gives you a better understanding of how you’ll feel when your in the air. Remember when your spinning of your heels you’ll need to take a little more speed than normal. So here goes. Approach the kicker flat based and when your about to leave the take off put slight pressure on your heel edge so your toes lift up. As you leave use your leading shoulder to start the rotation lowering your hand to grab melon (between your heels on the heel edge). This will initiate the spin but you’ll have to keep spinning to make the 360 complete. Use your head and upper body to keep the spin flowing. When the 360 is complete you’ll be able to spot your landing through your leading arm, let go of the grab and put your board flat based on the landing. It might take you a while to get this right but stay focused and keep motivated as you’ll definitely get it. Something else to consider is when your leaving the take off don’t through your arms to hard as you’ll start to over rotate and you’ll come down more than a 360. The idea is you want to walk before you can run. Once you’ve got 360′s nailed you can start to move onto 540′s then 720′s. That’s when you start to wind up a tad before the take off but I’ll get to that later. Have fun.
Ok, one of my favourite tricks to do and pretty sweet when you learn it with loads of grabs. Again you want to make sure you’re super comfortable with the jump. If you come short on the landing it’s not pleasant and that’s coming from experience. Plus you can get bruised heels doing this so I stress on this make sure your making the landing before trying it. Here goes. Approach the jump flat based and try and not lose any speed. Use your leading shoulder to almost wind up like you’re a spinning top. Slow the clip down to see what I’m on about. This will carry you around 720. So as your nose leaves the take off it’s time to through your leading arm backside. As your arm goes past your stomach suck your knees up and grab mute (leading arm grabbing between your feet). Keep a hold of the grab for as long as you can and keep spinning. Try and let go around 3/4′s of the spin as this will stabilize the spin out making you able to land flat based. When your body comes round past 540 you’ll be able to see the landing thus being able to put it down smooth. That’s it. I would say you want to be able to put down 540′s really comfortably before trying this as it’s the next step up. Have fun with it and make it a challenge when you’re out shredding.
One of the most classic tricks around and if I¹m honest one of the sickest tricks. I think if you were to conduct a survey world wide about which tricks were loved and put at the top of most peoples trick list this would be it. Again you want to make sure you got the right speed. On approach stay flat based as possible and leave the take off the same. This will prevent you over rotating before you land. Pop off the lip and suck your knees up leaving you arms at your side. Use your shoulders to help bring your body round 180 degrees, while doing so keep your waist and feet in the same movement this will keep you looking stocky. By this point you¹ll be ready to land. Stay stocky and keep your knees bent. This all helps when your about to put it down. Land and ride away switch. When you¹ve got this dialled try it with a few grabs and add your own style to it.