In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to add tons of style to your grabs and make them look a hell of a lot better. Grabs make your straight airs look cool, but if you can tweak your grabs you will definitely turn some heads and stand out on the mountain.
(Narrating/Riders: Nev Lapwood)
Once you've learned how to do straight airs with grabs you can start adding even more style with Shifties and leg extension. But first, make sure you have these prerequisite techniques on lock.
- Jumping - Check out our tutorial on How to Jump on a Snowboard
- Shifties - Check out our tutorial on How to Shifty on a Snowboard
- Grabs - Check out our tutorial on How to Grab on a Snowboard
When you learned about Nose and Tailgrabs, you learned about the technique of leg extension. This is where you extend your back leg and flex your front leg to get a Nosegrab.
You can use this exact same technique for any grab. Give it a try yourself, start off with a couple of basic Melon grabs. Once your comfortable with that, try to extend out your front leg while flexing in your back leg. This will add style to a simple Melon.
Notice How Nev's Back Leg Is Tucked In With His Front Leg Extended
The second technique is to combine Shifties with your grabs. For example, try a couple basic Indy grabs till it becomes easy. Then combine the Indy with a Backside Shifty.
Combine A Backside Shifty And Get This Stylish Indy
Trick Tip: The ultimate way to style out your grabs is to combine both leg extension and Shifties at the same time with different grabs.
Putting It Together
With the Stalefish grab, you can extend out your back leg while flexing in your front leg. Combine that with a Frontside Shifty and you get a very stylish looking Starfish grab.
The Mute grab also works well with a Frontside Shifty and extending out the back leg.
Frontside Shifty While Extending Out Back Leg
The Melon grab works well to poke out the front leg while adding a Backside Shifty.
The Indy grab also works well with a Backside Shifty. poking out the front leg.
Not A Tindy
There are a ton of grabs you can learn out there and once you’ve played around with adding style to the 4 basic grabs, you can then start to learn more of the nontraditional grabs.
A very common non traditional grab, and probably the most famous grab in snowboarding, is the Method. This trick is a combination of a Melon grab tweaked up behind your back, along with a Backside Shifty. The more you tweak it out and more Shifty you put into it, the cooler the trick is going to look.
This Will Be You Soon Enough
The Japan grab uses your front hand on your toe edge like a Mute. But for the Japan, reach your arm around your knee and tweak your board up behind your back. It’s a very different looking grab that will definitely make you stand out in the park.
About As Stylish As You Can Get Without Adding A Spin
This tutorial teaches you how to add style to your grabs to make them look rad when your snowboarding. The 2 main techniques are to add leg extensions and combine it with Shifties.