How to Do a Big Spin and Finally Land that Skateboarding Trick

Master the Big Spin in skateboarding with our comprehensive guide. From foot placement to execution, learn to land this trick with confidence.

Let’s kick push into the Big Spin, one of the raddest tricks in skateboarding. Like the upheaval of skateboarding culture brewed in the hearts of all street warriors like us, the Big Spin is an earth-shaker. Its 360-degree board flip topped with a cheeky 180 body varial can make anyone go, ‘Damn, that’s one hell of a move!’.

How to execute a big spin

Here’s how to do a big spin in a few easy steps:

Image of a skater doing a big spin skateboard trick midair. Source: unsplash
Image of a skater doing a big spin skateboard trick midair. Source: unsplash

Step 1: Set-up

First, whatever stance you pick—nollie, switch, fakie, frontside, or backside – set up like you’re about to pop a 360-shove it. It’s your foundation. And remember, having a solid board under your feet can always make a big difference.

Step 2: The scoop

Pretty much the soul of the Big Spin. As you scoop, you need to spin your body 180 for that body varial. You may do this by winding up your body or simply go for the spin as you scoop; there’s no solid rule here. Having the right board to smoothly execute a 360 Pop Shove can ease this step tenfold.

Step 3: Stick the landing

Not a big fan of messy landings and neither should you be. Aim to land solidly with both feet on the board and roll away like a pro! Trust me, nothing’s more dope than a clean landing.

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My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

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My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

I had my board stolen a few years ago and was forced to quickly replace it with a complete. I got one with an Enjoi deck and loved it so much that I still buy the Whitey Panda deck each time I need a new deck. This complete with budget-friendly, beginner-friendly parts, but I still swear by it.

What are some tips for perfecting the big spin?

Big Spins ain’t easy, but they sure are worth the grind. Here are a few extra tips:

  • Start simple: Begin with basic shove its before trying a full Big Spin.
  • Perfect scooping: It’s the heart of the trick. Work on your scoops to get the board spinning full 360.
  • Do it till you make it.: Catch the board mid-air and try to complete the 180 turn.

Executing a Big Spin is an exhilarating experience. It’s a mix of thrill, technique, and resilience. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when you’re pulling off this killer trick.

Do’sDon’ts
Practice the basics (Pop Shove It, 180 body varial)Rush into it before mastering the basics
Get a solid, reliable skateboardNeglect the quality of your gear
Take time to perfect each moveSkip steps trying to land the trick faster
Focus on your foot position and timingIgnore the significance of your body’s balance
Stay patient and resilientGet disheartened by initial falls
Do’s and don’ts to keep in check while working on your Big Spin skills.

My big spin story

I won’t lie. My first rendezvous with the Big Spin wasn’t exactly smooth. It was bumpy. It took me weeks of practice to get the ‘,sick spin’. Man, it was nuts landing it the first time! It felt like a solid shot of adrenaline rushing through my veins.

Image of a skater doing a big spin skateboard trick on a skate park. Source: unsplash
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“The Big Spin is like a dance with your board. When you nail it, you’re not just a skater. You’re an artist.”

For anyone trying out this trick, remember: it is tough, but when you land it, whoa, it’s insane.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Street-talk and park-gossip around the skateboarding scene spark a flurry of queries. Wrapping your head around executing a perfectly dope Big Spin can undoubtedly, be a head-scratcher. So, let’s face-off some frequently asked questions about the Big Spin.

What makes the big spin different from other skateboarding tricks?

The Big Spin isn’t your regular kickflip or an ollie; it combines two distinct moves: a 360-degree board flip (the Pop Shove It) and a 180-degree body varial. This dual action is what sets the Big Spin apart in the skateboarding universe. Want to delve deeper into the quirks of other tricks? Check out the guide on “best skateboards for tricks“.

Is there any specific gear required to perform a big spin?

No specific gear is required for the Big Spin; however, a good quality, sturdy board will undoubtedly make learning and executing this trick smoother. Understanding “what makes a good skateboard” will help you choose the right gear for this trick.

Can beginners try to perform a big spin?

Absolutely! However, it’s essential to learn and be comfortable with basic tricks like the Pop Shove It and the 180 body varial. A Big Spin is a more advanced move, so beginners might find it challenging initially.

Final thoughts

The Big Spin, while challenging, adds an exceptional flavor to your skateboard tricks repertoire, underscoring why the skateboarding culture has relentlessly mesmerized folks across the globe. Like the allure of the unvanquished streets, it pulls you in and demands your unwavering focus. Are you ready to take the plunge and attempt the drool-worthy Big Spin?

And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below. I read and reply to every comment. If you found this article helpful, share it with a friend, and check out my full blog for more tips and tricks on the challenging yet rewarding world of skateboarding.

Key takeaways

This article covered the amazing world of Big Spins, a super rad trick on a skateboard. Here are some key takeaways:

  • The Big Spin comprises a 360 Pop Shove It and 180 body varial, setting it apart from other tricks.
  • Basic tricks like Pop Shove Its and 180 body varials should be mastered before attempting the Big Spin.
  • A good quality skateboard can significantly enhance your control and stability while performing the Big Spin.
  • Perfecting the Big Spin requires practice, patience, and a resilient spirit.

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