Air Roll Spin (ARS): a combination of a forward spin and an el rollo | Photo: D'Andrea/APB

It's one of the most popular maneuvers in contemporary bodyboarding. The air roll spin (ARS) is not as complicated as it looks. Let's learn how to pull it and land it.

The ARS is a combination of two key bodyboarding tricks: the forward spin (360), and the el rollo. The move was invented in 1993 by Michael "Eppo" Eppelstun, after watching Ben Holland performed a tweaked air reverse.

Eppelstun landed it for the first time at Lighthouse Beach, in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. Three months later, at North Wall, he went for a section, hesitated and ended up flying and landing backwards. The backflip had been born.

The air roll spin is a progressive bodyboarding maneuver. If you're an intermediated ride with advanced ambitions to bring your skill to whole new level, then the ARS is the perfect challenge for you.

Trial and error, trying and training. That is the secret formula for landing your first air roll spin. And you don't need spectacular waves. A powerful three-footer with a nice looking lip is all you need. Ready to complete the ARS?

1. Gain speed and projection with a competent bottom turn;
2. Eye the section you want to hit;
3. Lean forward on the board with your head at nose level;
4. Tense your body and flatten the board to gain maximum projection;
5. Angle your board upwards;
6. Launch out of the lip;
7. Arch your head and start the el rollo part of the maneuver;
8. On the way down, throw your head inwards towards the wave face;
9. Start spinning;
10. Look at where you want to go, and let your body follow;
11. Center your body;
12. Keep your legs lifted;
13. Land the ARS;
14. If land it backwards, look back and let the whitewater turn you around;

The easiest way to land an air roll spin (ARS) is when you've got a closeout section, or when you're coming out of a barrel.

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