|When rivals get too close to you during a race, you can do a Quick Spin attack by quickly tilting (the control stick) to the Left and Right!|
— Kirby Air Ride North American instruction booklet, page 11
Quick Spin (also referred to as Quick-Spin) is a maneuver that can be performed in Kirby Air Ride. It is done when the player quickly taps left-to-right or right-to-left on the analog stick. Doing so causes Kirby to do a spinning move on his star or bike, which slows him down a little, but allows him to attack nearby enemies or opponents.
How much damage a Quick Spin will do depends on the vehicle used, the amount of Offense Patches collected, or other factors such as the effect of a temporary Attack Up Patch. This move will also break boxes and destructible environmental objects.
In Top Ride, performing a Quick Spin will allow Kirby to shake off certain items he's picked up, if he'd rather have a different one. Furthermore, he can force his opponents to discard their items, too, if he collides with them during one.
- Name taken from Kirby Air Ride North American instruction booklet, page 28