A 315 is an extension of a 313 handlepass trick. For a 315, the rider lands toeside after the handlepass. Another way to look at it is that it is a frontside 540. This article will go over the three key points to take a 313 to a 315.
315 Key Point One: Pop Higher
A 315 requires more height that a 313 to get the toeside landing. To pop higher, ride slightly faster and stomp off your back foot harder. It is important to note that a rider’s speed should be within control. Avoid riding too fast as to get pulled horizontal on the pop versus vertical. With control and technique, the rider can develop more slack in the kite and pop higher. This all happens just before initiating the trick by unhooking. As soon as the rider unhooks, cut and stomp off the back foot harder to create a vertical pop.
Key Point Two: Kick Back Knee Up Harder
Just before the handlepass, kick the back knee upwards harder than for a 313. This is what sets the handlepass in motion. The harder the knee gets kicked forward, the quicker the rotation. A side tip is to keep the chin tucked in to help with the body’s axis around the bar. Try to kick the knee upwards towards the bar. Commit to the handlepass and look over the front shoulder.
Key Point Three: Keep Back Knee Bent
Once the handlepass is completed, make sure to keep the back knee bent. Keep the back knee bent and kick it forward to land toeside. To practice riding toeside, try an unhooked raley to toeside. The motion of landing toeside should feel natural when attempting a 315.
Kite Position: 315
Keep the kite slightly higher for a 315. If riding to the right, the kite could be at 12:30. If riding to the left the kite could be at 11:30. When popping off the water, flick the kite downwards. It can be a gentle flick downwards. This motion with the kite will help create more slack and make the handlepass easier. Keeping the kite slightly higher will help create a higher pop.
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