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TS Frontside 180
Rider: Pat McCarthy

The Toeside Frontside 180 is one of the most important tricks in wakeboarding. It is an essential building block to learning all kinds of toeside spins and inverts where you start riding in your regular stance and land switch. Besides being a building block, the TS Frontside 180 can be grabbed and tweaked in many ways to add your own style. In this trick example, our rider adds a frontside grab to his TS Frontside 180.

Before trying the TS Frontside 180 you should be able to do the following things:
1. Toeside wake to wake jumps
2. Riding switch

Performing the trick
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Frontside 180 #1 Approach the wake with a strong enough edge to clear both wakes. It's easiest to learn this trick by landing on the downside of the second wake, instead of landing in the flats.
Frontside 180 #2 Think about popping up high as you stand tall off the top of the wake. Keep the handle in tight to your hips, and as you pop get your eyes towards the shore you're heading towards.
Frontside 180 #3 As you're at the peak of your height, reach down with your back hand, and grab the board solidly in between your feet on your toeside edge. Try boning out the board or straightening your legs after you get the grab for extra style.
Frontside 180 #4 As you're coming down, let go of the board and pass the handle to the hand that was grabbing the board. Pull the handle to your back hip to finish off the 180, as that back hip becomes your new front hip.
Frontside 180 #5 Land and bend your knees to absorb the landing, while edging away from the boat on your toeside edge. A lot of people have a hard time landing switch at first, so try concentrating on landing with your weight evenly on both feet.

Style additions
1. Learn it switch
2. Once you've got it down, take it super big by taking a big hard cut at it.
3. Try grabbing in different places, such as tail, crail, or stalefish.
4. Try boning or poking the board in different directions with your front or back foot while grabbing.

Moving On
The TS Frontside 180 helps you do the following tricks:
1. Switch TS Frontside 180
2. TS Frontside 360
3. TS Frontside 540
4. TS Frontside 720
5. Scarecrow
6. TS Roll To Revert

If you have specific questions about this trick or would like to discuss it further, talk about it in the Trick Talk Forum.

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