Q: What up BMX Plus!, I have been working on tailwhips off curbs and ledges and just can’t seem to keep my legs in the air. The bike only gets about 180 degrees away from me. Have any tips on how to land this trick?
A: Put more focus in what your arms are doing, it’s the biggest mistake every new whipper makes. Stand next to your bike, lift it up and try to whip it in a full circle only using your arms. Start slow and when you get the dipping motion to get it started and tight circular motion of the arms to bring it around, work on doing it a little faster. When you feel comfortable enough, try hopping onto the pedals as it comes around. When you are ready to try them in the air, focus on keeping the bars close, your elbows bent and following through with the circular arm motion your learned. If at any point you find your arms locked out and your not trying super whips, then you need to keep the bike closer underneath you. Start by trying them on a fly out or to the deck of a box to get familiar with the motion in the air. No doubt you will get plenty of them to swing around and land next to you, you will tell all your friends you can do them “sometimes” and never get any closer. Save yourself having to eventually “prove it”, pad up and give yourself a little more air to work with. Give yourself a little more boost or find a slightly larger jump and use the time to act slower and focus on the motion you already know. Same as learning off the bike, start with a slow spin and slowly go faster. Unfortunately in BMX, starting slow means going higher and working your way down to lower and faster whips, but if you use your pads and jumps that are within your comfort zone, you will be sticking them for real in no time flat. Good luck.