Top Ten Freestyle Board Tricks to Try

“It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

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There are tons of Freestyle board tricks to perform on your board, with new ones being attempted every day. Try these on for size.

Top 10 Freestyler Snowboard Tricks

Top 10 Freestyler Snowboard Tricks
By Etienne Peysson

If you are looking for a few nice snowboard tricks to achieve during this season, here is my favorite list.

- The Rodeo 540

Travis Rice reviewed this trick, but the explanation can vary a little from different Freestyler such as in the amateur video (see the link below).

Basically you should get high enough from the ramp and flip your crunched body, head backward looking in the direction you wish to take and spinning your legs and board in the mean time to finally reach the ground with a 540 rotation. I personally love this trick as it drives a real boost of adrenaline and having the head leading the whole body while down is a great feeling.

- 720

Two Full Spins which are easier to maneuver in half Pipes (according to me). The tip is to point your chest starting with the Head, arms then the whole body, the board will turn once and do the same the second time before you hit the snow. See the link at the bottom for the video.

- McTwist

This trick combine a backside 540 with a front flip while grabbing Mute. It's not as hard as it seems but you need to be comfortable with front flips landing the 540. The link for the freestyle board tricks video is at the bottom of the article.

- Stalefish

Once you are in the air, grab your deck with your rear hand onto the heel edge of the snowboard behind your back binding, make sure to bone your deck to add a little touch to your style and also take care of your front arm.

- Melon

A simple grab every beginner wishes to make and they can do it easily. It consists on putting the front hand behind the front leg, grabbing the heel side between the bindings and to take it to the next level, bone the front leg and rotate the wrist inwards.

- Method

Once you master the melon and have confidence in air then put your front hand on the heel edge of your deck while bending knees and extending the back leg to lead the base facing the direction of the jump. When you do it right your body should make a nice arch and keep the position as long as possible for the photographers.

- Slob Air

The next level grab trick as you better go for a long trip to get a good feeling while bending on your deck, grabbing mute and extending the rear leg.

- Buttering

Doing butters is also known as tail or nose press. It consists on putting the whole weight on the nose or the tail of the board and make it bend considerably such as a wheeling in bicycle.

- BS Truck Driver

This trick is a good one which involves grabbing with the two hands while turning in the air smoothly backside. The grabs are respectively Mute and StaleFish.

- Flying squirrel

If you are not scared of going a bit high in the air, this trick is a nice one to try which copies the squirrel flying down the trees. Be prepared to turn your deck on the front side but in the back of your body with both hands grabbing the heel edge. Before you land make sure you get back to the right position.

If you head to a Snowboard resort, print these lines and try one every day until you master each one. At the end of your trip, get some friends to shoot you and send me the photos.

You do not need a high end board to complete these tricks but I can recommend a good one which a lot riders use which is the Burton Custom X.

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How To Execute the Barrel Roll
By William Leopold

The BEST way to Practice the roll without killing yourself on the mountain first is to practice on a trampoline. Practice your rotation with just you and your body. Make sure when you back flip that when you are half way in the air (Upside Down) that you are looking at the ground to position your landing. This is crucial to spotting where you will land by looking half way into your rotation.

No strap your board to your feet and get up there on the trampoline. Your objective is to get enough height to flip, rotate, and land generally in the same position. On the mountain you don't want to flip and move 5 feet to the left or right. You wanna stay centered and keep as much balance off the launch as possible. Once you have your rotation down the rest is smooth riding.

Now, on the mountain obviously this is a LOT different than bouncing on a trampoline. This move is geared more toward advanced snow boarders who have a very good handle on their riding. If you're just starting out I would NOT suggest this trick, if done incorrectly it can be very risky and maybe fatal. I have fallen MANY times perfecting the roll and I'm telling you, it doesn't tickle! Snow is soft but not crashing on it from 12 ft in the air!.

Once you have back flips down on ground or're set to kill the trick. Here is the breakdown.... Approach your kicker with a tad more speed than usual to completely CLEAR the flat of your gap. You do NOT wanna land in the middle of the jump you want to ride away smoothly landing on the landing. I suggest that you float over your desired kicker a couple times to get good judgment and a feel for the speed. SO.....

Approach the jump with enough speed to clear to the landing, when you approach the lip...have your knees bent and the moment your nose breaks the lip jump in the air and push as hard as you can of the kicker. The is KEY right here ....TUCK YOUR KNEES into your chest to get a GOOD rotation. You have a Board strapped to your feet now PLUS all of your clothing & boots and it does add weight and takes a little away of the rotation speed in your flip.

So make sure you kind of SNAP the rotation kind of quickly while at the same time..half way in rotation look at the ground and find your spotting. ONLY Un-tuck when you have made about 270 rotation. Any sooner and you could be belly flopping ...not good. So JUMP of lip....TUCK Knees into Chest...Rotate half way then LOOK at the ground for landing... Untuck around 270 rotation and land BOTH feet at once. Don't land in a manual it's tough to ride that off sometimes.

I have a very awesome video of me Barrel rolling on my myspace pg if you want to see it done properly. Check it out:

Hope this Helps all you advanced snowboards! And it Definitely Turns heads when landed smoothly. Barrel Roll is a SICK trick!

Good luck everyone!

Bill Leopold

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