Ok, how to do a footplant (or how sam does one)…
Start off riding towards the ledge you plan to use. I ride towards it with my left (non -dominant) side facing the ledge.
When you are nice and close to the ledge (about half a foot away) do a solid rolling hop. At this point you should be travelling alongside the ledge.
When in the air, take your left leg off the pedal and onto the ledge. Transfer your weight onto that foot, and rememeber to lift the uni up into the air underneith you.
Take one step, and push off with the foot on the ledge, then return your foot to the pedal, land and ride away. When I was learning I’d land then take a few hops on the ground to regain control before riding away, now I can ride out of them.
To combine tricks into the footplant - Ive seen people spin their uni’s 360 degrees underneith them while their foot is on the ledge, but my favourite is the 360 spin off the ledge.
As you ‘push’ off the ledge with your left leg, spin yourself around towards the ledge. If you can get this happening quickly, you can pull off a 180 and land facing the direction you approached the leg. That looks pretty cool. If you get it really quick you can do a 270, and then eventually a 360.
A cool trick I like to do is find a wall with a ledge along it. Charge at the wall, jump up to a footplant, do a 180 spin as you are in the air on the way down, and then ride off in the direction you approached.
For an interesting ‘twist’ (sorry about the pun), I approach the ledge I plan to do a footplant on from the right. This puts my right foot closest to the ledge. My fav. footplanting leg is the left so this forces me to do a rolling hoptwist 180 into a footplant with my left leg. at this point i am facing the direction I came. I then push off with my left leg (the one on the ledge) and do a further 180 degree spin in the air on my way down, completing a 360 degree spin.
These tricks are great fun and look awesome. They arent real difficult and once you get the hang of them can be used to climb high things…
and for anyone who thinks this os OT … the thread was titled ‘and interesting twist’ …and, well, this footplant is an interesting twist.