Backmasking


Back it up then stop

There are those dudes like Brian Wenning and Daniel Castillo and Nate Jones who find a seam to mine and stick with it for much of their careers, and when you’ve got a nice switch heelflip/switch backside heelflip/hair that can help you pay your mortgage or whatever, more power to you. But for those of us whose major fulfillment re: progression comes from landing personal NDB’s, by a function of stair-fearing ankles or general sucking, it’s heartening to see established pro-bros who keep reaching for the new-trick rainbow year in and year out.

Case in point: Emmanuel Guzman’s rather genuine excitement at filming a flatground switch 360 flip in the Transworld video, a maneuver he apparently had figured out not long before. This particular memory was jogged via Guzman’s section in “Prevent This Tragedy” when he twirls a switch tre over a cement hump, only to follow it with what I’m assuming is another recent addition to the repertoire, a switch backside 360.

Now, there was a time and place when backside noseblunting a handrail won you fever points with the masses, covers of magazines, curtains in videos; this time was the year 2000 and the place was a little zone that so-cal brahs like to call “so-cal, brah.” The handrail BSNBS was among the last milemarker tricks, in that it became over the subsequent years kind of a benchmark as far as what dudes could do it and how big they could take it.

It seems like a lot of the past decade was given over to stringing tricks together and rediscovering ramp roots, but if there were to be ’10 version of the barometer type trick, we at Boil the ocean internet peanut gallery LLC would gently submit the switch backside 360 as a worthwhile candidate. Suitably exclusive to the super-good, it’s also one that could conceivably be done ugly enough to let you sort out the legit envelope-pushers from the skatepark stair pretenders. Guzman doesn’t sail his down a Merlino-sized gap but it’s got an interesting delay to it. And yeah we are aware that Russ Milligan has already done and gone and did it with a kickflip (who else–Chris Cole? PJ Ladd?)

Guzman’s got that wicked spider-style and the switch 360 actually ranks pretty low on the gnarlitude scale when it comes to his part in this video, with higher positions held by the frontside ollie into the giant pool, the windbreaker hill jam and a personal favorite, the backside tailslide (to regulars) on the wood rail, which anyone will tell you earns extra points always.

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18 Responses to “Backmasking”

  1. mragusi Says:

    i’ve been to that wooden rail and bs tail on that is seriously retarded…

  2. Will Says:

    if i said i didnt shart a little when he did the kickflip backside noseblunt 180 in on that 1/4 pipe then you could call me a liar

  3. + Says:

    shamil randle

  4. isheet muhdrawers Says:

    the handrail bsnb was like the business card for top pros of the past decade. it was ushered in on a red carpet via “menikmati” and never looked back.

    once i saw jamie tancowny’s 14 stair (? more or less) version thrown casually in the middle of his strange world part, i knew the party was officially over.

  5. carbonite Says:

    wenning did a cool-looking sw back 3 in the dc vid. in all sincerity, he is one of my favorite skaters ever.

  6. JK Says:

    Earliest I can remember is Danny Way doing switch back 3 during the demos part of Questionable. They just threw it in that section casually, I didn’t even realize it was switch at first.

  7. tim Says:

    sw bs 3 seemed like the super hot trick after ryan lay did one to finish his part in peter vlad’s whl over a flyout. part was posted on transworld, after that every tight pant kid i’d never heard of was doing them down the biggest stairset at xyz skatepark competitions. i still personally like the old back 3 , involuntary ollie north and all.

  8. Sean Says:

    I think PJ Ladd got the back 3 started up in this(last?) decade with the really sorry acapella insanity.

  9. acedruid Says:

    the best switch back 360 is at the end of this section

  10. isheet muhdrawers Says:

    never saw that part. that was an enjoyable watch

  11. Alex T. Says:

    all this dissection of stuff after the fact…how about a post of predictions for 2010? that would be interesting to revisit at the end of the year.

  12. sleezy bone Says:

    Russ Milligan is pretty beyondo considering the lack of credit he gets for running the switch game

    • al Says:

      it seems like in skateboarding, dudes can get pegged for being pretty good “for a Canadian”…Russ M. has been at the forefront of insane switcheroo maneuvers as long as he’s been getting coverage!

      Darrell Stanton cranked out a bs 360 / sw bs 360 mirror image as a banger for one of his more recent parts (This Is My Element? can’t recall).

  13. tonecapone. Says:

    has everyone has forgotten the one ronnie bertino does in plan b virtual reality.that was a dope one.

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