There is a huge list of snowboarding tricks i.e. jumps, grabs, rotations, spin-tricks, etc. varying from easy to difficult. In competitive events of snowboarding, different tricks are performed by the riders based on the style and the terrain used for snowboarding. The more difficult tricks they perform smoothly, the more they have the chance to score higher in the competition and the more they develop the skills to go to the higher level. Even beginners try different stunts to add more fun and thrill to their snowboarding trip. Many tricks of snowboarding are quite similar and origin from the skateboarding and surfing. If you already master skateboarding, then it gets very easy for you to master snowboarding tricks as well. Let’s discuss some of the tricks of snowboarding in detail, which are as follows:
STRAIGHT AIR TRICKS
- Ollie: One of the first basic tricks of snowboarding is Ollie, where the riders learn to jump with the snowboard. While jumping upwards, the riders need to put their body weight at the back leg, which will raise the front part of their board and then they lead the board with their front leg, making it parallel to the ground and then land safely.
- Nollie: Nollie trick is just the reverse of Ollie, which is also called as nose Ollie. While jumping, the rider needs to put his/her weight at the front leg to pop the board from the tail and then use their back leg to lead the board in the air to get a safe landing, while moving forward.
- Switch Ollie: When an Ollie trick is performed in the opposite position as that of the normal position of the rider, then it is called as switch Ollie. In other words, we can say while riding switch, the rider performs an Ollie trick.
- Switch Nollie: It is also called as fakie Ollie, in which Ollie trick is performed in the rider’s normal position but while riding backwards. Firstly, the rider has to perform an Ollie, then while performing Ollie trick, he/she has to switch his/her foot position and spring-off the snowboard in the direction of his/her switch.
- Shifty: This aerial trick can be performed backside, frontside, and in variations with other tricks. In shifty trick, the rider uses counter-rotation to turn the board about 90 degrees from its normal position and then returns to the original position before landing.
- Air-To-Fakie: Mostly, this trick is performed in the halfpipe or quarter pipe surfaces, where the rider comes in vertical position on that surface, then he/she has to perform re-entering fakie on that surface without any switch.
- Melon: In melon grab trick, when the rider is in the air then by using his leading hand, he has to grab the heel side of the board in-between the bindings. Simply, perform an Ollie trick in the quarter and use your front hand to grab the center of the board on its inner side. It is quite easier than grabbing the toe-edge trick.
- Nose Grab: In nose grab trick, when the rider is in the air then by using his front hand, he has to grab the nose i.e. the front of the snowboard. Just bend the front leg and push your snowboard from the back leg to get in the position to achieve this trick and then come to the original position for a smooth landing.
- One-Two: In a one-two trick, when the rider is in the air, then he grabs the heel edge behind his back foot by using his front hand.
- Mute Grab: In this trick, simply perform pop or Ollie to bring up the board and then grab the toe edge between the feet by using your front hand. Some riders also use other tricks like rotation with mute grab trick to have more adventure. If the rider uses the back hand to grab the toe edge, then it is called as INDY GRAB.
- Rocket Grab: In this trick, when the rider is in the air, then he has to grab the nose i.e. the front of the snowboard by using both hands. For this trick, he has to be in the position of bending the front leg and boned back leg.
- Gorilla: Gorilla grab is basically the combination of both the grab tricks i.e. mute (front hand) and Indy (backhand). When the rider is in the air, he has to grab the toe side between the bindings by using both the hands.
- Roast Beef: In this grab trick, rear hand reaches through the legs and grabs the heel edge between the bindings, and boned rear leg.
- Cannonball Grab: In this grab trick, when the rider is in the air, he has to grab both the nose and the tail of the snowboard simultaneously.
- Front Flip: In snowboarding, when the rider jumps and makes a flip in forward direction, then it is called as front flip trick. It’s like a standing front flip.
- Back Flip: Back flip is flip in the opposite direction as that of front flip i.e. when the rider jumps and makes a flip in the backward direction, then it is called as back flip trick. It’s like a standing backflip.
- Tame Dog: In snowboarding, when the rider jumps and makes a cartwheel flip in the forward direction, then it is called as tame dog flip trick.
- Wild Cat: When the riders jump with their snowboard and make a cartwheel flip in the backward direction, is called as wildcat flip trick. If double wildcat flip is performed, then it is called as super cat flip trick.
- Under Flip: In this trick, the rider has to jump and perform a backflip by flicking the underside of the snowboard.
- McTwist: Mctwist trick is also known as a 540. This trick is actually a combination of front flip and a 540-degree rotation, which are performed on a halfpipe and quarter pipe surfaces. This trick was first performed by Mike McGill on a skateboard.
- Crippler: This trick is mostly performed on half-pipe surfaces. When the rider performs an inverted 540 degrees spin by using the front wall of the half-pipe, then it is called as crippler flip trick.
These are just some of the basic tricks, apart from that there are many other tricks like nose slide, 50-50, tail press, tweak, jib, disaster, poke, butter, tripod, front roll, etc. The list is just endless. Simply learn and enjoy the variations to have more fun, thrill and adventure in your fun activity as well as competition.