10 Snowboarding Ground Tricks
Snowboarding ground tricks are just one of many snow boarding tricks that can be done in a number of ways. Tricks can be performed while the entire board, or at least half of it, is resting on the ground (thus the term “ground tricks”), or by using half-pipe structures (two walls) or quarter-pipe structures (one wall only), or ramps of different heights. These structures are used when the tricks require that the board and rider be in the air or at least a few inches off the ground while performing “air tricks."
- Corkscrew: This is a very fast, very tight rotation. The object is to keep the board and body spin as tight as possible.
- Nose Slide: Slide along the ground solely on the nose (front part) of snow board. In other words, the back part of the snow board is off the ground.
- Gay Twist: Spin 360° grabbing the board at either the front or back end while spinning. This may sound similar to the corkscrew, but the rider can make a larger circle with his body and the board if so desired.
- Grab: Grab either or both sides of board while performing snow boarding ground tricks. Doing this affects the rider’s balance, thus making the trick a little more difficult.
- Nose Grab: This is simply grabbing the front of board (the “nose”) while performing snow boarding ground tricks. If, however, the rider grabs the “nose” with the rear hand (that is, the one farthest away from the “nose”), this may require either twisting the body or reaching between the legs to accomplish. Again, this ups the difficulty factor of the trick.
- Invert: The rider’s head is beneath the level of the board (that’s the center, flat part) and the rider is balanced on one or two hands. In other words, the rider who is performing a handstand with his head is dangerously close to the ground. Only experienced snow boarders should try this and other difficult snow boarding ground tricks.
- Japan Air: The front hand grabs the toe edge of the board in front of the front foot. From there, both knees are bent. Then, the rear leg is then straightened (or boned), and the board is pulled up to where it is level with the head. This is one of the best snow boarding ground tricks to watch, especially when it is being performed by a professional or experienced snowboarder.
- Lien Air: In the lien air, the front hand grabs heel (back) edge of the board. The rider then leans his body forward over the nose. This is one of the snow boarding ground tricks that require the rider to reach between his legs to perform.
- Revert: This is probably one of the easiest of the snow boarding ground tricks. The rider is simply repeating riding while facing backward then forward on the snowboard. The changes in direction are performed while the board is still sliding over the ground.
- Cruiser run: This is what you do after you’ve performed all your snow boarding ground tricks, to help you cool down and calm down your adrenaline. It’s just a smooth, slow ride. If you want to “trick it out” a little, then take a bow or wave your hands in the air, flash the peace sign or whatever while you bask in the glow of another fun day on your snow board.