The hang ten 360 shuvit – otherwise known as a 360 nose shuvit, if you’ve been skating since the 1980s – is probably the easiest 360 shuvit variation. The first 180 degrees of the spin is created purely by unwinding and bringing your feet back to a normal riding position, so it doesn’t take much energy or jump power to get to a 360 shuvit.
It’s not crucial that you know how to do a hang ten nose wheelie before you learn this, but you will need to be able to do regular 180 shuvits consistently before we begin. Don’t run before you can walk!
Your starting position, oddly enough, is very similar to a hang ten nose wheelie. The shuvits are a bit more picky, though; if your feet aren’t straight, you won’t get a strong whip. And if one foot is slightly further in front of the other, the rotation will be unstable. Keep the feet in line!
Roll into the trick at a decent pace – you don’t want to go too slow or you won’t get it round. Compress by bending at the knees, and keep your weight slightly forward. A small bit of pre-wind by starting with your shoulders in the opposite direction to the shuvit helps, too.
Before I even take off at all, I dip my toes, lifting the back wheels, and push my heels out to the side. This is where the shuvit comes from – you can’t really scoop it, or push it from the other end of the board. It’s all created by whipping the ankles out hard – and together.
Once my ankles can’t twist any further, I have to take off, jumping slightly forwards to stay with the board. Note my hips have also rotated at this point – everything below my neck twists during the jump to help spin the board.
Considering the nose doesn’t pop, I get a decent amount of air off these. Note that I’m still leaning forwards in mid-air – if I straighten up too early (or, worse, lean back), the board will shoot off in front of me.
This is the part where bad trick tips would say “watch the board coming round and get ready to catch it”. There’s no way to do this with a hang ten 360 shuvit – it’s totally beneath me, and I won’t see it until I roll away.
I always catch these slightly early; after the initial rotation, my hips return to their starting position, and I bring my feet back to the same orientation they begin with. I’m aiming to wind round with the board through the last 90º of the spin.
Catching the board with the back foot on the tail and pivoting the last few degrees will help smooth the trick out. It’s a small touch, and you don’t want to catch it too early, but that little wind on the back wheels will create an illusion of flow you won’t get off a perfectly straight catch.
Having wound round the last part of the spin, I put the front wheels down and roll away clean. Of course, keeping those front wheels up is always an option…
One of the best things about this trick is that it’ll work on pretty much any board. You’ll need to adjust your foot placement depending on nose length and angle, but it should work. One of my friends, Luca Barton, has even learned them on a 43″ long dancer, so there’s really no excuse.
That said, the steeper the nose, the more uncomfortable these become. It’s hard to get a strong whip on an overly-steep nose, so maybe leave the street board at home if you’re planning on learning these.
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