TEXTBOOK – How To Do Vertical Backside Snaps

“At least for me, doing vertical snaps doesn’t go down on every wave. I have to ‘premeditate’ these kinds of turns. The truth is, I don’t really know how to do this shit-it just happens.”-Saxon Boucher

Step One:
I think the most important part of a turn like this is the approach-the bottom turn. Come off the bottom really fast and hard with the lip in your sights, and get under your board as vertical as possible.

Step Two:
Level out-you can see that the board has moved a lot from the vertical position.

Steps Three And Four:
Shift your weight and change your direction to come off the lip as vertically as you went into it.

Steps Five And Six:
Keep your balance and ride out the maneuver without falling or flailing too much.

Step Seven:
Make a stupid face. This isn’t necessary to complete the move, but for some reason I can’t help it.