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How to Backside Predrift

The toeside (or backside) predrift at high speed is about as gnarly as hands-down slides get. The goal is to be able to scrub just a little speed off on the entrance to a toeside corner, enough to keep your line under control, but not so much that you dump all your speed and come out of the corner at walking pace. You need to be comfortable with speed, and you need to have faith in your wheels. This is a pretty “racey” slide, so you’ll probably be doing it on very grippy race wheels, but you can learn it on something slidier to get the idea.

Find a nice toeside corner – it can be anything from a mellow sweeper to a hairpin – with a decent entry speed. Preferably your location will have better visibility than the sweeper that Jorge is doing it on in this tutorial, and preferably also no horrible Armco Barrier to smash into! You will fall off the road a lot learning this, so find somewhere with a nice grass runoff.

We suggest that you have Coleman slides, frontside predrifts and backside pendulum slides locked in before giving this one a go.

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Get Ready

Approach the slide at a decent speed – higher entry speed will make the wheels slide smoother and make it easier to come out with a good exit speed. Jorge is just coming out of his tuck here, which is a great setup – his weight is forward, with his back heel raised, and upper body is relaxed as he spots his line around the corner. You need to keep your body facing forwards through this slide – don’t be tempted to face the inside of the corner as you’ll slide out and off the road.

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Setup

Carving across to the outside of the road slightly, reach down and grab your heelside railwith your front hand. This will bring your weight forwards on your board. Raise your back heel a little more, keeping your the toes of your back foot planted on the toeside rail. The most important thing here is to not bottle it – keep your weight forward and attack the corner.

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Get Low

Keeping your weight forward, get low over the front of the board and get ready to plant your front hand on the road. Notice how Jorge has moved across to the outside of the road a little, ready to dive into the corner towards the apex. The line you take through the corner is essential – you want a tidy outside-inside-outside, going from the outside edge of the corner right over to the apex and back again.

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Plant Your Hand

Plant your front hand on the road out in front of you. Keep your body facing forward, eyes on the line your want to take, and weight over the nose. If you’ve grabbed your board far forward enough and put your hand out in front of you, you should be over the nose anyway.

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Initiate the slide

Lean over your planted hand to take a little weight off the back wheels, whilst kicking the back of the board out a little from under you. It’s super important to keep your weight over the front of your board here to stop you sliding out – too much weight on your planted hand and you’re done. You’ll find that the grabbed rail helps you to keep your weight over the board and keeps things under control.

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Surf the grip

You can see that Jorge is barely sliding here – and that’s the key to the whole thing. You should be just riding the edge of grip and slide, just enough to scrub a little speed and stay on your line – or in your lane in this instance. You can see that Jorge is keeping his head, shoulders and upper body pointing in the direction that he wants to go, not the direction that the board is facing. If you turn in too much with your upper body, you’ll slide out and dump too much speed.

While we’re here, we should mention that Jorge has a car in front of him with a radio in his helmet to tell him about any cars coming up the hill towards him – and even then, he’s still scrubbing enough to stay in his lane, just in case. Skate safe!

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Hookup

This is really the tricky bit. If you’ve slide the back of the board out too much and put your weight too far forward, you’ll find that it’s very hard to get the board back under you and back into grip. If you’re too far towards the tail, the hookup might be too savage and you could get highsided – which we all want to avoid! Jorge pulls this one off with textbook style, keeping his weight forward, with not too much on his planted hand, and sucks the tail of his board back under his body. His weight shifts backwards smoothly and slowly to keep the hookup back into grip predictable and and fluid.

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Rail the corner

With his weight shifted backwards towards the middle of the board, Jorge has all four wheels are gripping. You should be just railing the corner with very little weight on his hand. If you need to dump some more speed in a hurry, you should be able to do another predrift to slow things down even more, as your body position is very similar to where you were when you initially planted your hand at the start of the slide.

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Exit

As the end of the corner comes into view, you can bring your hand off the road. Your weight should now be slightly forward of the center of your board.

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Release and Tuck

Release the grab and get back in your tuck. If you’ve done this right, you’ll be at the outside edge of the road on the exit of the corner, tucked up and areo, with loads of exit speed. Maybe now is the time to look behind you just in time to see all your mates hitting the hay bales, or overbraking and disappearing into your rearview mirror!

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