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Back 360s

A back 360 is a flat, rotational, spin trick where the nose of the board rotates and points upwind upon initiation, and the tail of the board rotates to point downwind equally, at initiation.

Prerequsites:
Load and pop proficiency and/or basic jumping proficiency

Step 1:
Get airborne by sending the kite and/or loading and popping.  Steps 1 and 2 happen at nearly the same time.

Step 2:
During the load and pop or jump, rotate your head, shoulders, and hips upwind firmly.  A good way to do this is to look over your front shoulder quickly, as if someone just upwind of you yelled your name.

Step 3:
Keep your head looking over your shoulder, bend your legs by lifting them and bringing them closer to your chest, beginning with your front leg and having your back leg follow.  If you lift them at the same time, your board might stick to the water.  The faster and tighter you scrunch your legs to your chest the faster you will rotate.

Step 4:
Keeping your head looking over your shoulder and keeping your legs lifted, spot your landing.  Start to straighten your head, shoulders, hips, and legs back to a neutral position facing downwind; this will slow your rotation for landing.  If you extend your legs too soon, you may nosedive the board.  Wait until you've slowed your rotation, and your board has come all the way around before you start to extend your legs.

Step 5:
Extend your legs slightly on the landing with your weight centered and the board pointed downwind at a 45 degree angle.  When the board touches the water, bend your knees a little the cushion the impact.  Don't crash, and you've got it.

Tips:
You don't have to rotate extremely fast to complete the rotation.  It depends on how high the jump or "load and pop" is.  2-3 feet of height is a good amount.  Less than that and you'll have to rotate quickly.  More than that, and you may get disoriented on your first attempts.

When you are jumping or doing "load and pop" for this trick, concentrate on the jump or "load and pop first," then concentrate on the rotation.