If you’ve got frontside tailslides down – you might start thinking about trying the backside variation. But it’s worth baring in mind that the backside tailslide is in the advanced section of our guide because it is that much harder than the frontside version. Backside tailslides are worth the effort though as they are one of the most stylish and well respected tricks in skate culture.
The secret here is to ollie high enough to get over the sliding edge of your chosen obstacle and then to release yourself to the slide when it starts to happen.
It’s a difficult one to explain but you’ll understand as soon as you start getting into the backside tailslide. Savour the feeling…
Approach the obstacle with a good amount of speed. Your approach should be just off parallel. Have your feet in the ollie position and spot the point of entry as you roll up. Crouch and compress ready to ollie.
Get ready to pop and turn yourself through 90 degrees in a backside direction. Keep your eyes on your point of entry. Visualise this process.
Start to lift your weight upwards and get ready to pop high enough to get above your chosen obstacle.
Pop your tail whilst aiming at the obstacle and turning your shoulders in a backside direction.
Guide your ollie upwards and aim your tail so that it will lock into backside tailslide position.
Flatten your board out as you hover above the edge.
As you land into backside tailslide, transfer all your weight to your back foot and lock into position.
Lean back slightly and let your momentum take you through the slide.
As you near the end of your tailslide, spot your exit point and begin to straighten up, ready to pop out.
Make the motion of an ollie from your tailslide and turn your shoulders in the direction of your exit.
Keep the board level as you descend
Land with all four wheels down at once.
Crouch to absorb impact.
Taken from Sidewalk’s Skate Basics in partnership with Nike SB. Available for Free at your local skate shop.
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