Snowboarding - Tricks


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Based on the variant and surface used, different tricks are performed by the players in case of snowboarding competitions. More the degree of difficulty of the trick, more score will be given based on the smoothness of the execution of the trick. Most of the snowboarding tricks are very much similar to that of skateboarding. Some of the tricks are as follows −

Straight Air Tricks

The straight air tricks are as follows −

  • Ollie − Ollie is considered as one of the basic tricks where the rider has to jump with the snowboard sticking to his/her shoes. While jumping upward, the player needs to push the back tail of the board with his/her back foot by striking it against the surface which will raise the front part of the board known as popping. While on air, the player needs to use his front leg to guide the board or balance the board by pushing it using the front leg which will make it parallel to the ground and then land safely.

  • Nollie − The reverse to ollie is called nollie or nose ollie where the player has to use his front foot to pop the board while using his back foot to control and guide the board in air to land safely.

  • Switch Ollie − In case of switch ollie, the player has to perform an ollie while switching his position on the snowboard reverse his both feet positions.

  • Fakie Ollie − In case of fakie ollie, first the player has to perform ollie and while performing ollie, he has to switch his foot position. At the same time he/she has to spring off the board in direction of his switch.

  • Air to Fakie − This trick is mostly performed on a half-pipe surface where first the player moves on the half pipe surface and once he is in vertical position, he needs to re-enter the surface while performing a fakie without any switch.

Straight Air Tricks

Grab Tricks

The grab tricks are as follows −

  • Indy Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to bend down on the board and grab the toe edge of the board between his / her two legs or mostly the middle edge of the board using his/her back hand at that moment. Before landing, he/she has to leave the board.

  • Frontside Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to bend down on the board and grab the toe edge between the binding of the board using his/her trailing hand at that moment. Before landing, he has to leave the board.

  • Tail Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to hold the tail of the snowboard using his/her trailing hand. It can be achieved by pushing the board using the front leg while bending down the back leg in airborne stage.

  • One-Two − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to grab the heel edge behind his back foot using front hand.

  • Bloody Dracula − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to grab the tail of the snowboard using both hands.

  • Mute Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to bend down on the board and grab the toe edge of the board between his two legs. He also has to grab the the middle edge of the board using his front hand at that moment.

  • Cannonball − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to grab both the nose as well as the tail of the board.

  • Chicken Salad − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to grab the heel edge of the board using his/her front hand which should be between the two legs.

  • Gorilla Grab − In this trick, when a player is the air, he has to hold the toe side edge of the board using both of his/ her hand.

  • Nose Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to hold the nose of the snowboard using his/her front hand. It can be achieved by pushing the board using the back leg while bending down the front leg while being in air.

  • Rocket Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to hold the nose of the snowboard using both hands. Here while the rear leg stays boned, the front leg gets pulled up.

  • Melon Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to grab the heel edge between the bindings using his front hand.

  • Method Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to bend his knees to lift the board at his back side and then he has to grab the heel edge of the board using his front hand.

  • Stalefish Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to hold the backside heel edge of the snowboard between the bindings using the back hand.

  • Roasted Beef Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to grab the heel edge through his legs using his back hand.

  • Mute Grab − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he has to grab the toe edge through his legs using his front hand.

Grab Tricks

Flipping Tricks

The flipping tricks are as follows −

  • Back Flip − In this trick, when a player is in the air he flips in backward direction.

  • Front Flip − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he makes a flip in forward direction.

  • Wild Cat − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he flips in backward direction with an axis of rotation in a cartwheel-like fashion.

  • Tame dog − In this trick, when a player is in the air, he flips in forward direction with an axis of rotation in a cartwheel-like fashion.

  • Crippler − Crippler is mostly performed in case of a halfpipe surface. Here once touching the front wall and being in air, the player has to make an inverted 540 degree spin before landing.

Snowboarding − Scoring

In case of snowboarding competition, the rules vary based on different categories. In case of free style or jibbing, the players perform different tricks over the surfaces. The score depends on the degree of difficulty of those tricks performed, efficiency in performing tricks as well as on creativity. The players have to gain more score to win the sport. In case of alpine snowboarding, the first player to complete the race wins the sport.



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