Grabs in Board Riding adding : The « Grab-ology »
Both kiteboard, wakeboard, snowboard, surf and skate tricks are named in the same way … this is all about style and freestyle references in any boardsport maneuvers.
I will focus in this review on the most stylish grabs common to these sports. For instance : all grabs with two hands grabbing the boards simultaneously are just impossible in kiteboarding and wakeboarding 🙂
Fist of all This Slideshow illustrates the same grab il all boardsports : THE METHOD AIR … As for me one of the most stylish Grab ever … I remember so many sessions training to stomp it with style it in all the boardsport I practise !!!
What about « style » and board-riding ?
Style conventions dictate that during a grab, the elbow should be positioned to the outside of the knee. You can Tweak, Bone-out, Poke in the air before you stomp the landing … the only thing you don’t want to do is to « Flail ***»
*** to Flail : The movements of an out-of-control rider who is waving his/her hands wildly while in the air.
Frontside and Backside (ie : FS, BS)
The identifiers frontside and backside describe how a trick is performed. This terms and are commonly misunderstood because of their different uses for jumps and rails.
- Aerial maneuvers with spins : FS & BS identify the direction of rotation of a spin.
- Slides performed on obstacles : FS & BS refer to the how the rider approaches the obstacle.
More about FS and BS hitting kickers and sliders (Jib on Rails, Sliders …) :
A regular rider approaching a rail from the left side of the rail would be considered FS because the “front side” of his body is facing the rail. A regular rider approaching a rail from the right side of the rail would be considered backside because the “back side” of his body is facing the rail.
Heelside and Toeside (ie : HS, TS)
Mostly used in watersports, these terms refers to the edge taken by the rider approaching the launching area. (ie : wake boat wave, wake park or kite park kicker, wave used as a kicker by kiteboarders …).
Depending on how the rider take his edge (on the toes or on the heels cuttin the water) he lanch his Trick HS or TS.
Switch-stance and fakie :
The terms switch-stance (switch) and fakie are often used interchangeably though there is a distinct difference :
- The switch identifier refers to any trick that a rider performs while traveling backwards, or the reverse of his/her natural stance.
A rider is riding switch while traveling opposite from his/her natural stance.
- Alternatively, the identifier fakie has its origin in skateboarding, a discipline where the feet are not attached to the board, but where the skateboarder’s natural stance includes positioning the trailing foot on the kicked tail of the skateboard.
On a skateboard, fakie refers to an instance where the skateboarder is traveling backwards, but his/her feet remain in the same position on the skateboard as their natural stance.
Grabs : The « Grab-ology » !
- 1 2 (one-two; not twelve)
A trick in which the rider’s front hand grabs the heel edge behind his back foot.
- A B
A trick in which the rider’s rear hand grabs the heel side of the board front for the front bindings.
- Chicken salad
A trick in which the leading hand passes through the legs from the front and grabs the heel edge between the feet.
- China air (West Coast) /Korean air (East Coast)
An easier version of the Japan Air; the front hand grabs the toe side in front of the front foot. Both knees are then bent.
A trick in which the rear hand grabs the nose of the board. Alternatively, some consider any rear handed grab in front of the front foot on the toeside edge a crail grab, classifying a grab to the nose a “nose crail” or “real crail”.
- Frontside grab/ Indy -> Indy Glide -> Batwing
A fundamental trick performed by grabbing the toe edge between the bindings with the trailing hand. This trick is referred to as a frontside grab on a straight air, or while performing a frontside spin. When performing a backside aerial or backside rotation, this grab is referred to as an Indy.
The frontside air was popularized by skateboarder Tony Alva.
Indy Glyde :
… in a Railey Position (Wake and Kite) this Grab is the baseline of the « Indy Glide» manœuvre.
If the Aerial is pushed on a toeside position, ingliding a Railey Tweaked (Wake and Kite) this is the « Batwing» manœuvre.
- Japan air
The front hand grabs the toe edge just between/on the front foot. However, the arm must go around the outside of your front knee. The board is then pulled behind the rider (tweaked). Note: Advanced riders performing this trick will usually turn and move facing fully forward, or put the nose of the board close to the upper arm or shoulder.
- Lien air
When performing a frontside air on transition, the rider grabs heelside in front or behind the leading binding with his/her leading hand. In order for it to be a Lien air, the board can not be tweaked and has to be kept flat. The origin of the name of the trick is the reverse spelling of skateboarder Neil Blender’s first name.
Performed by grabbing the heel edge between the bindings with the leading hand, while the front leg is boned forward.
- Melon, water
A melon grab where the rider bones the front leg and turns the board the 45° angle.
- Method-> Suitcase -> Hoochie Glide
A fundamental trick performed by bending the knees to lift the board behind the rider’s back, and grabbing the heel edge of the snowboard with the leading hand. Variations on the method include :
Power method, cross bone, or Palmer method
Performed by grabbing the heel edge with the leading hand, and tucking up the board while kicking out the rear foot in such a way that the base of the board is facing forward.
A method in which the knees are bent so that the front hand is able to grab the toe edge and hold the board ‘like a suitcase.’
Hoochie Glide :
… in a Railey Position (Wake and Kite) this Grab is the baseline of the « Hoochie Glide » manœuvre.
- Mute -> Slob -> Oriental
Front hand grabs the toe edge between the bindings. Variations include the Mute Stiffy, in which a mute grab is performed while straightening both legs, or alternatively, some riders will grab mute and rotate the board frontside 90 degrees.
A mute grab where the back leg is boned straight … in a Railey Position (Wake and Kite) this Grab is the baseline of the « Oriental » manœuvre.
Front hand grabs the nose of the board.
The rear hand grabs the heel side of the board in front of the front foot.
The front hand reaches behind the back and grabs the toe side of the board in front of the back foot and tweaks it back.
The front hand grabs the tail of the board.
- Roast beef
Back hand grabs through the legs to the heel edge.
The front hand reaches across the body and grabs the toe edge behind the back binding.
Back hand grabs the heel edge of the board between the feet, around the outside of the knee.
- Swiss cheese air
The rear hand reaches between the legs and grabs the heel edge in front of the front foot while the back leg is boned.
Similar in naming convention to a Tindy, Tailfish is a portmanteau of ‘Tail’ and ‘Stalefish’. The trailing hand grabs the heel edge between rear binding and the tail.
The trailing hand grabs the tail of the board. Variations include straightening, or ‘boning’ the front leg, or ‘tweaking’ the board slightly frontside or backside.
- Taipan air
The back hand grabs the toe edge just in front of the rear foot. However, the arm must go around the outside of your rear knee. The board is then pulled behind the rider (tweaked). The name Taipan is a portmanteau of tail/Japan air.
Tweaks and variations (most important underlined)
Tricks performed with one foot removed from the binding (typically the rear foot) are referred to as one-footed tricks..
An aerial trick in which a rider twists his body, rotating his/her board 90° and then returning it to its original position before landing. This trick can be performed frontside or backside, and also in variation with other tricks and spins.
Any grab where both the legs are straightened as much as possible. Typically performed as a variation of a mute or frontside grab.
Grabbing Frontside or Mute with the rider’s elbow passing to the inside of the knees.
Refers to a term used for skateboarding when the knee of either leg is dropped down to touch the top of the board. When referring to snowboarding it means that the rider attempts to put his knee on the board by putting his/her knee underneath the torso and then pulling down to the board.
A term used to describe when a trick is highly refined in movement, such as with legs or arms fully extended, to give maximum aesthetic quality to a trick. Demonstrates high technical ability, much like in gymnastics.
A grab trick in which the front leg only or back leg only is boned-out.
- Ollie, Nollie, Switch and fakie :
A trick in which the rider springs off the tail of the board and into the air. A trick in which the rider springs off the nose of the board and into the air. Riding switch, the rider performs an ollie. While riding switch, the rider springs off of his/her ‘new nose’ and into the air. This resembles a nollie, however the rider is riding in switch.
An aerial trick in which a rider twists his body in order to shift or rotate his board about 90° from its normal position beneath him, and then returns the board to its original position before landing. This trick can be performed frontside or backside, and also in variation with other tricks and spins.
Airing straight out of a vertical transition (halfpipe, quarterpipe) and then re-entering fakie, without rotation.
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