Crail & Seatbelt grabs are an awesome way to get away from stock grabs and add a little bit more style into your riding. They grab in the same place as a Nose and a Tail grab except with the opposite hand. So as you can imagine, they take a bit of flexibility and technique. No need to worry, we have the steps below for you to follow so that you can step up your riding.
(Narrating/Riding: Duncan Mainland. Riding: Nev Lapwood & Chase Baines. Film/Edit: Vince Emond. Filmed At: Whistler Bounce & Whistler Blackcomb)
Where is Crail?
1. A great way to work towards the Crail is by adding a Backside Shifty to your Nose Grab. This will start bringing the Nose of your board within grasp of your back hand.
While learning the Crail, take the time to make your Nose Grabs as stylish as possible.
2. Use your front hand to pull your nose to your now reaching back hand and BOOM you are now doing a Rocket Air.
Double Nose Grabs is great trick to add to your bag.
3. Now if you let go of your front hand, it becomes a Crail. Just for the record, this is not the best way to get into a Crail, but it's a great progression to learn the movements needed to go directly into a full finger grasping Crail Grab. Once you're consistently getting the grab, tweak it a little more. Do it by continuing the Backside Shifty and boning your back leg almost straight.
Tweak it out!
Always Remember Your Seatbelt!
1. You can progress towards a Seatbelt Grab the same way. By adding a Frontside Shifty into your Trail Grab.
Again, take the time to style out your Tail Grabs as much as possible.
2. The pulling your board across your body within reach of your front hand for a Double Tail Grab.
A really cranked out Double Tail Grab looks dope AF.
3. From the Double Tail Grab position, let go of your back hand and there you have it, a Seatbelt Grab. Once you have the muscle memory dialled and are feeling confident going straight into the Seatbelt Grab, tweak it as hard as you can (while not throwing off your Balance in the air).
Still Having Trouble?
1. If you're having trouble getting the Crail or Seatbelt Grab, try them standing on the ground.
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes...
2. Or laying on your back to develop the muscle memory and get a feeling for the grab.
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3. Once you feel confident on the tramp, take them to the snow.
Coach Chase Baines going huge!
Because these tricks are more complex than your regular Nose and Tail Grabs, it's best to try them on a jump where you know you will have enough air time.
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