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Evan Geiselman’s Big(gest) Spin

The Floridian turns a mediocre section into anything but

| posted on August 11, 2014

Big spins aren’t the most beloved of skateboard tricks, but they do have a place in a skater’s repertoire. In surfing, however, the debate continues as to whether or not they should be glorified.

Just like a pop shuvit, the surfer has to ride out switch stance, which generally means a leash on the front foot and questionable style. You may recall Joel Parkinson calling out Julian Wilson’s pop shuvit in the 2011 Hurley Pro for “crabby switch stance on the rest of the wave.” Sure Joel may not be on the cutting edge of progressive surfing, but no one can question his authority on style.

That said, this one by Evan Geiselman deserves full recognition. If only because most pros well-versed above the lip would have thrown a backside reverse, a trick we’ve all become too accustomed to seeing. Variety keeps things interesting, so I applaud Evan for spicing up what would have otherwise been a mediocre air on a mediocre wave.

  • Francisco Calatroni

    ”“crabby switch stance on the rest of the wave.” is the point here, if you CAN surf switch and shred the rest of the wave withouth the gay hop to go back to your stance, then fine by me!

  • surfher

    looks like it was on a surfboard to me.

  • http://www.skurfproductions.com Chris Sebby

    Yes they should!

  • SomeDick

    Sorry to be that guy… but if the surf industry continues to relate above-the-lip surfing to skateboarding (transition or vert skating, to be specific) then we should probably get the names of our recently-adopted tricks correct.

    This is not a big spin. This is called a varial bs 360. If you grab your board to change its direction then it is no longer a shuvit. The extra 180 performed by the board is referred to as a varial. The varial is then followed by a 360 spin -of both his board and body – resulting in a varial 360 maneuver.

    • Ben


  • Tingwa

    All this says to me is that they just gotta get better at riding switch.

  • cleanSooke

    Almost all new tricks are old skateboard moves, so why not? I’m 50 and wish I could pull that shit off. More power to them if they do it w/ style. Doesn’t matter what you’re doing on a board as long as you do it w/ style. My $.02

  • mikeschwede

    Schau mal hier Double Spin! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlHVUAn9Idk

  • jonny

    Who said that there are rules to what tricks belong to which sport?

    What happened to just being siked?