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big park at my local hill just opened, been sending consistent 7s and 9s with grabs, I think it's about time to start going off axis or inverted. I'm thinking maybe a side flip just so I can see my landing the entire time, but if anyone has any advice I would appreciate it. Obviously there's YouTube tutorials and such on how to do these, but I'm not sure what I should start with.
You are going to have to get over the fact that you will be "blind" for a split second if you want to get into inverts. Sideflips are odd due to the way you take off. Personally I don't think they are a good "building block" vs the back flip. Fronts are fun but I found them easier to over rotate on bigger jumps vs a back flip. Again all personal opinion from someone who has never landed a 9 and probably never will.
Go with what you’re most comfortable with on a trampoline.
Personally though I’d say do a backflip as your first flip. They teach you how to fully commit to a flip, spot your landing while upside down, they’re easy, they look cool, and they open up the door to other backwards oriented tricks. Most people just huck front flips because they’re not as scary and they end up just throwing a dick suck tuck and landing on their back 3/4s of the way through the flip.
As previously stated: go for a simple backflip. Try it on trampoline first and when you feel comfortable upside down in the air and can spot your landing every time, take it to the park. The first one is scary when riding into the jump, but once upside down, everything feels the same as ttampoline. Spot your landing and stomp it! Did my first few weeks back. They're easier than 360's once you overcome the fear of sending your first one (if you don't land it right away).