The first axis that beginners and intermediate riders experiment with is the traditional flat axis. Generally a frontside 360 or a backside 180 are the maneuvers that start to fill your bag of spin tricks. Consistent and even line tension, with a slightly seated body position, are key on the approach during a flat spin. “To set up for a flat spin, a wide but mellow progressive edge helps,” says Rathy. “I make sure to keep a consistent tight line through the first 180, while making sure not to pull too much through the wake.”
The advantages of staying on a flat axis are numerous, for beginners and advanced riders. Rathy points out: “Flat spins give you lots of control over the trick. The line is always tight, so with the right pop it’s a good way to get all your basic spins dialed.” Even though we wouldn’t consider this heelside backside melan 540 anywhere near basic, the mechanics are still applicable.
Aaron reminds us of some things to avoid as you gain experience with flat spins. “Spinning too erect is not a good thing. Try to bring your knees up after you get all your pop. It looks better and gives you more opportunities for grabs, which is always good.”