All tricked out
Just like skateboarding, there is a vast array of tricks for the advanced snowboarder to pull off. Many of them are the same as in skateboarding, with the exception of flip tricks, which are impossible to perform due to the snowboard being attached to your boots. But snowboarding allows for some amazing tricks for those willing to take a leap of faith. Check them out right here in our list:
The 180 is a solid, staple aerial maneuver to have under your belt. You now know how to ollie and do strait airs off of a jump, so the next progression is getting that rotation down when you’re in the air. The 180 starts at the lip of the jump, as you’re taking off. You’re going to lead the rotations with your head, and the shoulders, hips and legs follow. Timing is essential too. You need to know where you’re going to land, spot your landing, and making sure you have rotated fully 180 degrees when you land. Similar to a strait air, you’re going to land with your board flat to the surface and ride off switch, or fakie, meaning the opposite of your regular stance, be it goofy or regular.
The 360 is a little more advanced, and requires more effort, than the 180. Essentially it’s the same move, only you’re going to rotate a full 360 degrees while in the air. Again, lead with the head and shoulders and rotate all the way around, spot your landing, and ride off in your regular stance. Many times while performing these rotational maneuvers, you may land on your blindside, meaning you will land (or approach, for that matter) ‘blind’ to the direction of travel. For this reason it is important to be aware of your surrounding and lead with your head so you can scope out the territory while in the air.
The 50-50 is another common maneuver which derives its name from skateboarding. This is a simple, basic, and fun trick to perform on rails. Approach the rail from strait on (most rails have a ramp leading up to them). Give a little ollie and land flat on the rail, sliding the length of it. Once you get this trick down, try to throw in a 180 as you exit the rail.
This is another rail trick where you will approach the rail strait on again, but just slightly on your heel-side. After you ollie, rotate your body 90 degrees, so that when you land the rail will be between your feet under you. Rotate back 90 degrees as you exit and ride away clean, or land switch and ride away fakie.
The Grab happens when you grab your snowboard while in the air. There are many types of grabs (nose, tail, indy, crail, etc.) depending on where on the board you grab, with which hand, and how you grab it. The indy grab for example, is when you bring the board up while in the air, grab your toe-side edge between your legs, and put your other hand strait up in the air. Or to perform a method air bend your legs back and grab the board behind you while putting your other hand in the air. Be sure to let go and extend your legs to prepare for the landing before you land! Here’s a few variations of the grab you can do:
Chicken Salad – The rear hand reaches behind the front leg, grabs the heel side between the bindings while the front leg is boned. Also, the wrist is rotated inwards to complete the grab.
Canadian Bacon – The rear hand reaches behind the rear leg to grab the toe edge between the bindings while the rear leg is boned.
At this point you might be wondering what boned is? Well boned is when a rider emphases the style in a trick. So if someone “boned out a method” they would grab hard and create an emphasis of the maneuver such that their legs or arms appear extended or stretched out all the way. To bone means you would straighten one or both legs.
Crail – The rear hand grabs the toe edge in front of the front foot while the rear leg is boned.
Iguana – This is when the rear hand grabs the toe edge near the tail.
Japan Air – The front hand grabs the toe edge in front of the front foot, both knees are bent, the rear leg boned, and the board is pulled up to the level of your head.
Lien – The front hand grabs the heel edge with your body leaning out over the nose. The lien was invented by skateboarder Neil Blender.
Mute – The front hand grabs the toe edge either between the toes or in front of the front foot.
Roast Beef – The rear hand reaches between the legs and grabs the heel edge between the bindings while the rear leg is boned.
Stalefish – The rear hand grabs the heel edge behind the rear leg and in between the bindings with the rear leg boned.
Tail Grab – The rear hand grabs the tail of the snowboard.
Rodeo – The rodeo is a highly advanced maneuver which requires incorporating a 360, while at the same time doing a full inverted back flip, and usually includes an indy grab. This trick is common in the half-pipe because the pipe provides adequate vert, and when combined with speed, riders can get the height they need to pull this one off. The rodeo is always a crowd pleaser.
Alley-oop – The alley-oop is a fun trick to learn in the pipe. This is where you rotate 180 or more degrees in the uphill direction. So you would rotate backside on the frontside wall or rotating frontside on the backside wall.
Caballerial (Cab) – A trick in the half-pipe which begins fakie, spins 360 degrees, and lands riding forward. It’s name after skateboard legend Steve Caballero.
Crippler – The crippler is an inverted aerial maneuver where the snowboarder performs a 180 with a flip. So the rider approaches the wall riding forward, gets airborne, rotates 90 degrees, flips over in the air, rotates another 90 degrees, and lands riding forward.
Disaster – The disaster is performed on the lip of the half-pipe. The rider gets “hung up” on the coping, similar to a rock n’ roll in skateboarding, with the board perpendicular to the coping, and does a 180 back into the pipe.
Eggplant – This is a one handed 180 degree invert where you put your front hand planted on the lip of the wall and rotates backside.
Eggflip – The eggflip is an eggplant but the rider chooses to flip over in order to re-enter the pipe instead or rotating 180 degrees.
Handplant (Backside) – This is a 180 degree handplant with both hands or the rear hand planted on the lip of the wall and the rotation is backside.
Handplant (Frontside) – This is a 180 degree handplant with the front hand is planted on the lip of the wall and the rotation is frontside.
McTwist – The McTwist is an inverted aerial maneuver that includes a 540 with a flip. So as you approache the half-pipe wall riding forward, become airborne, rotate 540 degrees in a backside direction while performing a front flip, and land riding forward. This trick was invented by Mike McGill.
Misty Flip – The misty is the free-riding version of the McTwist. It’s a partially inverted 540 front flip that is performed off of a straight jump.
Rock and Roll – This is a lip trick where you ride up a wall, balances on the lip with the board perpendicular to the coping, and renter the pipe back the way you came.
That’s it. You’re ready to hit the slope!
The only way to find out if snowboarding is for you is to go out there and try it. And if you come to the conclusion it’s not your thing (or you if are stuck on a tropical island, worlds away from the nearest snowy mountains) you might want to get familiar with surfing.