Want to learn how to do a backside 360 on a foamy river wave using a crossbow technique? Look no further. Expert whitewater SUP paddler Mike Tavares takes us step-by-step on how to do the trick. Check it out:
1. Get to the top of the foam pile
The first thing to do is get established on the wave, surf and get yourself set up for the trick. You want to surf around and get relaxed. Once you’re there you want to position yourself at the top of the foam pile. Once you’re at the top of the foam pile you want to initiate from the top as you’re coming down to the green face.
2. Switch paddle blade to opposite hand
Once you’re feeling ready you will want to switch your paddle to the other hand so that when you reach across, it’s a crossbow stroke when you initiate the trick.
3. Plant paddle and initiate
As you come down from the top of the foam pile you need to cross your paddle blade using the power face of your paddle and plant it in the foam. Keep the paddle still and use it as leverage and then initiate the trick with your head and shoulders and sweep it through with the paddle. Note that the paddle stays in the water during this time which acts as a nice brace while doing the trick.
Tip: Keep the board nice and flat: it helps it spin better. Leaning too much on your toes or heels can cause you to catch an edge and fall.
That’s it! Follow these three steps and you’ll have the crossbow backside 360 down in no time. Check out the video above to see a step-by-step of how to execute the trick.
For more tips and info from Mike T click HERE.