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Full Breaker (Head Down)


Video #15 in IBA’s Dynamic Progression ‘how-to’ series, Head Down Breakers.

A Head Down Breaker move is completed when a flyer can, from either a carve or layout, dive toward the center of the tunnel, facing the center throughout and perform a 540º barrel roll type maneuver and finish in a head down orientation, either to a carving movement and to a layout maneuver.


Before learning Head Down Breakers you should be able to perform Barrel Rolls while carving at lower speeds along with being comfortable performing Head Down Half Breakers. Your technique should be strong because when the speed of the tunnel is faster, any flaws in the technique will be much more noticeable. You should also already be comfortable executing Belly and Back Flares, and Half-Breakers.

Learning Points

  • First, create a diving belly flare maneuver and then at the end of the move, perform a belly-to-back 540° barrel roll.
  • The technique should be performed while looking into the center of the tunnel and at the bottom of the flare and throughout the rotation.

After you have tried it a few times, consider your technique…

  • Were you able to keep your chin up and maintain awareness of your position in the tunnel during and after the breaker?

Learn more about the proper technique and preparation by visiting the IBA Skills page for a complete Head Down Breakers tutorial, plus 94 other skills.

Other Dynamic Progression Videos

1, Back to belly front flip
2, Back to belly back flip

3, Belly Carving
4, Back Carving
5, Full Front Layout
6, Full Back Layout
7, Inface Carving
8, Outface Carving
9, Bottom Loop
10, Half Breaker, Head-up
11, Belly Flares
12, Back Flares
13, Head-up Carve Switches
14, Full Breaker, Head-up
15, Full Breaker, Head-down
16, Head Down Carve Switches

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