Snowboard Grabs

There are so many snowboard grabs out there. Learning how to do straight air grabs can be incredibly fun. Plus, its good to feel comfortable with lots of different grabs to throw into your spin tricks. Sometimes, its fun to create different versions of tricks or make them up as you go along. However, it is good to know the names of the common grabs so that when you're talking about what you want to do, or just did,
we all agree on what you're talking about.

[Crail] [Fresh Fish] [Frontside Air] [Indy] [Japan]
[Lien] [Melancholy] [Method] [Mute] [Nose Crail] [Nose Grab]
[Roast Beef] [Slob Air] [Stale Fish] [Tail Grab] [Drunk Driver]

Crail

Crail

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-Grabing near the front foot, toe edge, trailing hand,
with the board stalled at 90 degrees backside rotation from flight path-

The crail has become a style mark for many riders. It is one of the more difficult grabs because at take off you must dramatically counter rotate to kick your tail out to the side and bring your front foot across and underneath you. The crail has great motion and adds to the feel and appearance of straight airs on any type of feature, frontside or backside in the pipe or in spins.

Fresh Fish

Fresh fish

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-Grabbing with your Trailing Hand Between Heels,
then Poking with Front Leg-

The Fresh Fish Pictured above is a little stinky. HaHa. The Fresh Fish is a Stale Fish Grab, but with the Front Leg Boned Out instead of the Back Leg. Usually done on the backside wall in the pipe or on a backside hip.

Frontside Air

Frontside Air

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-Grabbing between the toes, with trailing hand,
maybe Poking Nose a Little, or A Lot-

The Frontside Air is a name that is both the general term for a straight air off a frontside wall or hip and a more specific name for the skateboarding version of the frontside Indy Grab. For both the Frontside Air and the Indy you will grab between out toes with your trailing hand and poke out your front foot. According to skate terms you never do an indy on anything frontside, so although it is the same position, on the frontside wall or hip it is always a Frontside Air. If you want to be politcally correct that is.

Indy

Indy

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-Taking Off BackSide, Grabbing between the toes with the trailing hand, may Poke Nose-

The Indy is a trick only possible on a backside wall or hip, as described in the Frontside Air Explanation Above. Many Snowboarders have taken to always calling it Indy and that's okay, because everyone knows what you mean. But, understand that skate background says that Indy is Only Backside(like in the picture above). Due to the backside nature of the true Indy, it should always have that head down, off axis look.

Japan

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-Grabbing with Leading Hand Behind Front Foot with Knees Very Bent(in little ball),
Then Arching Back into the Full Japan Position-

The Japan is a version of the mute grab and is widely thought of as a very stylish grab and tweak for a straight air or in the middle of a spin. In the above photo Tyler is doing a Backside 720 Japan. Many off axis spins have an axis that dips into inversion with the Japan Grab and Arch. This looks and feels very cool and always sparks excitement in observers.

Lien

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-On a Frontside Feature, Grabbing with Leading Hand Behind the Heel of Front Foot,
Then Arching back, Pushing Tail Down and Looking over Lead Shoulder to the Landing-

The Lien was named after Neil Blender a Skateboarder that starting doing the trick back in the day. It is Punny because when doing the trick you do kind of lien towards your landing, but the name is actually Neil Backwards. I like that. The lien is kind of like doing a method, but on a frontside hit.

Melancholy

Melancholy

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-Grabbing with Leading Hand, Between Heels, Keeping the Board Flat Underneath You, May Poke Nose-

The Melancholy is another direct descendant of skateboarding. Also known as a Melon, this grab works well off all kinds of features. The one shown above is an air to fakie in the halfpipe. It is also good for spins and flips, since it is a tight balled up position to drive that spin or flip around.

Method

Method

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-From a Backside TakeOff, Grabbing with Lead Hand, on Heel Edge, Near Front Foot,
Rider Throws Feet Up and Out in to a position with the board 90 degrees back side rotation from flight path, usually board is Level with Body and Tail is Poked Out-

The Method is another Style Marker for a Riders Personality and Style. There a so many ways to do a method, and every way has its own soul. Skate Style, or Grasser Methods are always grabbed between the feet and are a more compact position. Doing a Method and Grabbing in Front of the Front Foot has been called Euro Style or when I was coming up they were called Palmers. Shawn Palmer in his World Halfpipe Champion Days, threw out some of the sickest Methods I have ever seen. With the base pointing at the sky and full extension in the body position. In photo above I'm doing a Palmer Style Method and Loving It.

Mute

Mute

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-Grabbing with Lead Hand, Toe Edge, Behind Front Foot and a Poke of Tail-

This is the Money Grab for learning grab backside airs or to spin Backside or cab. When you snap to spin that way, Your hand should naturally be in perfect position to grab Mute. Great for holding onto your spin in bigger spins too, like Backside 5, 7, 9 or a cab 5, 7, or 9.

Nose Crail

Nose Crail

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-Backside Take Off, Rider Powerfully rotates board around to Grab Nose with Trailing Hand and stall Board at 90 degrees backside rotation from Flight Path.
Board stays underneath rider while Back Leg, or even Both Legs are Extended-

There is some debate as to the name of this trick. Some call it a Backside NoseGrab or other things. I like to call it a Nose Crail, because the burst of energy required at takeoff to swing the board around to get the grab, is just like that of the crail. The only difference is that you reach a little further out to grab the nose. I think the source of the disagreement come from skateboarding. Crails were done first on Skateboards and you can't do a nose crail on a skate the way you can on a snowboard, so the skaters don't want snowboarders to call it that. I understand. No disrespect, I just love the Crail and the Nose Crail feels like a Crail, only Funner.

Nose Grab

Nose Grab

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-Grabbing the Nose of the Board, Rider may Poke out Tail like a Slob, Method or Mute-

Nose Grab is great for lots of tricks. In frontside or backside spins, especially in spins of 540 or more it can help the rider control the spin. With a little cork at take off then grabbing Nose, the rider can pull the Nose in towards their body and speed up the rotation during the middle of the spin then let go and open up to slow rotation into the landing. You will see this a lot in Frontside 720s on jumps, Frontside and Backside 900s in the pipe and other big spins around the park.

Roast Beef

Roast Beef

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-Just like a Stale fish , except that you are grabbing with the trailing arm, between the legs-

The roast beef is one of the most used food tricks. Much like the stale fish only grabbing between you legs make sure and poke that tail out for skate styz, or bone out your nose fror some fresh beef. HaHa! Just made that one up but it makes perfect sense. Fresh Beef - Like a Fresh Fish only between the legs. The Chicken Salad is like the Fresh Beef only the reach for the grab will twist in toward the body, and when the grab is reached the elbow faces away from the body as opposed to into it like with the Stale Fish and Roast Beef. Great on a frontside hip or in a backside rotation it is actually fairly easy to get the between the legs grab.

Slob Air

Slob Air

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-A version of the mute grab where the rider aggressively tweaks the tail of the board out over the deck of the frontside wall or hip-

The slob has a very dynamic move into the position and can be very stylish. Add additional flavor by making a face for the camera like young Matt Ladley in photo above.

Stale Fish

Stale Fish

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-Grabbing with the trailing hand between the heels and twisting to tweak the tail out-

The Stale Fish is great as a big frontside air in the pipe or in a backside spin, like the backside 540 that Tyler is doing in the above photo. Another skate influence tricks the Stale Fish first is standard in any ramp skaters bag. During frontside spins, the movement into stale requires an agressive move to twist into it. I love to do the stale fish. LOL!!

Tail Grab

Tail Grab

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-Grabbing the tail of the board and pulling it in or twisting the body frontside or backside
to tweak, add style and control rotations-

The Tail Grab is super fun and is one of those tricks that can make a snowboarder feel like a skateboarder. While freeriding, popping a floaty ollie and grabing tail feels so skate like. It is also great for big spins, where the rider can use the tail grab, much like the nose grab to control the rotation in trick over 540. The rider will set a cork spin, grab the tail and pull or wrap it into the body to speed up the spin, then release the grab and open up to slow the spin down into the landing.

Drunk Driver

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-Grabbing with 2 hands on opposite edges of the board
Leading Hand on Toe Edge, Trailing Hand on Heel Edge-

The Drunk Driver is a version of the truck driver, which is an Indy-Melancholy. The Drunk Driver is Drunk because for the rider rotates backside, and away from normal forward motion, to the Mute-Stale Fish position of the Drunk Driver. It works well as a frontside air in the pipe (like pictured above) or in a backside rotation.

- snowboard grabs -
[Crail] [Fresh Fish] [Frontside Air] [Indy] [Japan]
[Lien] [Melancholy] [Method] [Mute] [Nose Crail] [Nose Grab]
[Roast Beef] [Slob Air] [Stale Fish] [Tail Grab] [Drunk Driver]

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okay grab a tailfish with your front-hand behind your back. you need to have method's tweak without grab on lock. first do the method tweak to the …

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okay grab the tail with your front-hand but not like seatbelt. the other way behind your back. created this one in 2011. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=102 …

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