Preparing to Backflip
Backflips on a trampoline are fun, and are an essential part of learning to flip on a snowboard, skis, wakeboard, bike, you name it. The backflip builds body awareness and provides a safe way for you to learn to get upside down. Before trying this, be sure you’re comfortable with backward rolls and backdrop backward rolls. If you feel like commitment might be an issue, get a spotter. The only way you’re likely to get hurt doing this trick is by not committing. As long as you commit, you should get past your head and be ready to try again.
Learning the Flip
Flips on a trampoline go up, around, and down. Focus on letting your chest and shoulders rise on your jump before you start to throw back for the flip. Do not thrust anything forward, like your hips, to generate the flipping motion. That will also cause you to lose height and move forward when you flip. Try to take off in the same place as you land. Up, around, and down. As you rise, lean back and brings your knees to your chest. Bringing your knees up will speed up your rotation and help bring you around.
Spotting Your Landing
At the 1/2 to 2/3 mark, you will see your landing. This will allow you to tuck up more if you’re too low or extend all the way if yo’re too high to slow down rotation. That’s a backflip! As you improve, you can go higher and start to lay them out without having to bring your knees up. Next after that is the dub! Go get it!