Super Mario 64 Tips

Expose Bowser's Tail Easily
Run as far away from Bowser as you can to the edge of the platform and make sure you're facing away and crouching. He will charge at you. When he is about to run into you backflip over him. He will then have to screech to a halt and have to maintain his balance. This makes it easy to grab him and the mines aren't far away either.