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What is a McTwist?


Mike McGill doing McTwist
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Definition: The McTwist was invented in the early 1980s by skateboarder Mike McGill, and has since been adopted by snowboarders. To perform the trick, the rider does a front flip while at the same time spinning a backside 540. A variety of grabs (most often a mute grab) are used to give the trick more style.

In early 2010, Shaun White debuted a new trick - the Double McTwist 1260, which involves two flips and three and a half spins.


Pronunciation: [mick] [twist]

Also Known As: n/a

Examples: The halfpipe was nice and soft today, so I decided to bust out a huge McTwist to impress the ladies!

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