How to Snowboard A Double Black Diamond Like a Pro

How to Snowboard Double Black Diamond Like A Pro


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Whattup Shredder?

The double black diamond is typically the most advanced type of run at a ski resort. It’s a completely different type of riding when compared to a groomed run. Today we talk about how to ride a double black diamond on your snowboard.

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How to Snowboard a Double Black Diamond

What up shredder? We’re up here at beautiful copper mountain with the legend, Maddie plain double black diamonds. And today we’re going to teach you how to do the same thing. Let’s get it. All right. So today we’re back when we’re staring up this double black diamond in Matthew and I just got in the lift and we’re riding up and it’s seep train and we see the skier just completely ragdoll in his body’s flipping over. So of course we decide, yes, we’re definitely gonna hit that run. So today we’ll talk to you about how to hit your first double black diamond, because don’t worry about is almost a completely different kind of snowboarding than just carving down the mountain on a groom slope. And that’s because of a couple of things, usually giant moguls, um, variable terrain, like rocks and cliffs, things like that. And then the steepness, it’s usually a lot steeper than the other train you’re used to riding.

I got three tips for you.

Spot Your Line Ahead of Time

Number one is first scope your line as you’re riding up the lift. So if you can see where you’re going to go down from above, that’s going to make it a lot safer. So you don’t accidentally fall off a cliff or go somewhere. You shouldn’t be going. If your line is extreme and you’re jumping over things, or you need to hit a gap, you’re going to see where the takeoff and the landing is so that you can hit that on your way down, because it’s so much harder to see these things on the way down. So tip number one, scope out your line. If possible, watch somebody else hit that terrain and it’s going to help you figure out the flow on the way down.

Using Close Turns With Counter Rotation

Tip number two is we’re gonna use a lot more counter rotation and closed turns. That means our board. Isn’t going to be pointed down the mountain as much as across the mountain in order to control our speed. So we do this by making quick tight turns, finding where a board will go in between rocks and moguls and things like that. And using counter rotation or upper body where upper body might be facing down the mountain, where our board is sideways to control our speed. That way you’re not just going to have runaway speed, go down a huge mobile field or a cliff. Now it’s going to be harder to turn over your edges when you’re doing quick counter rotating turns and your board is across the mountain. So one tip here is to not be afraid to jump. Sometimes there’s too much obstacles in the tray for you to actually make a smooth turn. So if it’s really steep and there’s moguls and rocks and things like that, we can actually use jump turns to control our speed.

Now, along with jumping, sometimes you actually have to jump over the variable terrain. So if you see a line where you can point it out and you have a stopping point, don’t be afraid to just turn that board straight down the mountain, jump into that line and point it out of there. Just make sure you have a place to stop afterwards, and that you have the stability to ride out that line.

Using a Stiffer Board for Double Black Diamond

And then the last tip is this is going to be a lot easier with a little bit of a, of a stiffer board. So I’m writing a high-end park board right now. It’s not reverse camber. It’s not a gym board. It’s not super soft, anything like that. So I can actually charge these bumps. My board is going to do a lot more of the work for me, and I’m not going to loop out and things like that. So if you’re riding a free ride board or a stiffer park board, that’s gonna perform a lot better than a beginner board or gym board or a reverse Canberra board. So that’s a double black diamonds work your way up to it. Learn how to ride moguls and trees first. And then you’re going to step to the double black. So let’s check out this terrain real quick and then we’ll summarize

The Easy Way to Ride Double Black Diamond

So again, we got tip number one, spot your line ahead of time. Tip number two, use close turns with counter rotation in the body so that you can fit into those tight lines and control your speed. Don’t be afraid to point it out of there. And tip three is a lot easier with a board that’s meant to ride this kind of train. Go out there, give your first double black diamond a shot after working your way up. Let me know how it goes in the comments. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for more content like this, and that’s all for today. Eats out shredder

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What up shredder?

It’s Christian from shred school. 

Once you start to master some of the basics and even some more intermediate and advanced tricks, it’s time to get weird. 

And that’s the cool thing about snowboarding is there’s endless possibilities. 

You can never be as good as your potential is, and there’s always new tricks to learn. It’s kind of like golf, but for young people. 

So today we’re going to talk about 10 weird advanced snowboard tricks to try this weekend. You’re gonna make sure you never miss a video. 

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1: The Snowboard Tail Tap BS 180

So the first trick is the tail tap backside 180. This is a super fun trick because there’s a reversal of momentum. You shift to your board front side, tap your tail off the object, and it spins you the other way. It’s kind of like a windup top or something.

Go out there, find a sign, a tree, a log, a gym, whatever you need and approach it. Front side, turn your shoulders backside in the air. Tap that tail and spin out and land switch chick.

2: The Snowboard Tail Tap Out of a Rail

Number two is another tail tap. It’s the tail tap out of a rail. 

Not exactly sure what this one is called, but it feels super cool. And it’s that same reversal of momentum that we had in that tail tap back. So an 80, I like to do this one the other way. So while we do a tail tap backside, one 80, I’m going to do this trick on a rail front side.

So I like to pop into a no slide, lean heavily on your nose. And just as you’re about to come out, pop up that nose, tap the tail by turning your board backside and then spin front side out of the trick. Again, it feels super cool reversing that momentum and people will kind of be like, wait, what, what did he just do?

3: Mark Frank Montoya (MFM) Cab 360

Trick number three is what I call the MFM cab 360 named after Mark Frank Montoya. Now, if you’re not old enough to know who that is, he is one of the most stylish snowboarders ever. And he used to be a big name back in the day, but he would do flat ground tricks and he popularized some of the weirder stuff that we see out there. Lay. So the MFM cab three is really where instead of just doing a switch three 60, you’re leaning heavily into the tip and tail of your snowboard and you’re exaggerating those movements.

So come in, switch, pop off your tail land on your nose and just try to exaggerate the flex of your board. Just like you’re on a skateboard and you’re pivoting around on the wheels.

4: The Snowboard Miller Flip

Number four, we have a Miller flip made popular on a skateboard.

This is like a front side invert to fakie and a vert ramp. But on a snowboard, we have to do this over an obstacle, usually a spine. So the Miller foot, you’re going to come up on your heel side edge, and you’re almost going to do a back flip over the rail. 

And you’re going to throw that front hand down right in the middle. The key to the Miller foot is commitment. If you bail out halfway you’re to get hurt. And since we’re doing this over a rail, it’s going to hurt a lot more than the snow. So just coming hillside, it’s a mix between that front three and a back flip.

Put your hand down in the mail to throw yourself back to your feet and ride away. Clean trick.

5: Snowboard Team Dog Off A Knuckle, Rail, or Box

Number five is the team dog off a knuckle, a rail or a box. 

So sure. It’s cool to be able to tame dog out in the power of a jump, but can you do it where it’s least expected? So the cool thing about this is if you mess up on the first jump in a park line, you can actually tame dog off the knuckle and your friends are watching from the top. 

They thought you were done cause you didn’t land your first trick. And there you go front flipping into the landing. People love this one. It’s not too hard. If you can tame dog off a jump and it’s going to up your skills in the eyes of everyone around you.

6: Snowboard Double Shifty 360

Trick number six is the double shifty, either 360 or 540.

This one makes you a little dizzy. But what we’re going to do is we’re going to do a usual five 40, but we’re going to throw in two shifts. 

These checks are going to show, throw in a shifty the way that you’re spinning at first, and then you’re going to bring it back the opposite way. It’s a reversal in the air. So kind of like those tail taps, but we get that unwind happening while we’re spinning. 

You also have to keep track of where you are in the spin, but this one is super fun. And again, it’s one of those tricks that people are just going to stop and say, wait, what

7: Snowboard Disaster Rails, or Gap Rails

Trick number seven, we have what is called a disaster or a gap onto a rail. So sure you can. Boardslide a kink trail, or you can just skip the whole first half of the rail and land on the very last piece.

We call that a disaster. What you want to do for disaster is just get your speed up and make sure that you may get past the kink. Because if you land in the middle, all your momentum’s going to stop and you’re going to get fucked. So good way to do this is you can practice airing over the side of the rail

And once you know you have your speed, right, then we’re just going to launch right onto that last piece of the rail. Since we aren’t hitting any kinks on the way out, we just got to keep our balance on that one piece. And then we’ll land on the snow. It’s not too different from hitting a jump trick.

8: Snowboard Fence Ollie

Number eight, we have the fence ollie so it’s cool to be able to all eat on flat ground off side hits off rulers. 

But once you’ve got that dialed in, it’s time to get a little bit rebellious out there.

So the next slow sign you see, maybe you eat up, you ride up to it and you all leap over that sign. Just be sure to keep your nose up or are you going to clip and regret it? This is another one that’s going to make your friends stare and think that dude is crazy.

9: One Foot Snowboard Slides

Number 9, an unconventional one, I have one foot board slides. This one takes some real balance. So you want to make sure you have your tricks dialed in. But if you’re like Alex, here, you can take this to a front side board slide. 

And it looks like, you know, nothing else we’ve ever seen.

10: Snowboard Spray a Skier

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And lastly, 10, we’re going to keep the danger factor high. I have spray a skier. Again, we get into this game where the more risk is involved with a trick, the board adrenaline rush, we get the more excited it makes us.

And the more it pumps our friends up. So be respectful out there. But if the opportunity presents itself and you have some power in front of you and a skier cutting across the run, maybe they’re even your friends, give it a good spray, throw up that rooster tail and high tail it out of there. So that’s it.

Snowboarding Tricks for Advanced

Once you’ve mastered the basic tricks for no longer working on the fundamentals, we can start to get weird with it. The cool thing about snowboarding is you can be creative. You can put your own spin on it. You can do things that nobody has ever seen before.

So these are 10 weird advanced snowboard tricks to go out there and try this weekend.

You can even make up your own versions, put your own spin on it. If so, we’d love to see them throw a link in the comments.

That’s all for today.

Peace out shredder.

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How to Nose Grab, Tail Grab, Japan Air and Method On A Snowboard


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What up shredder? 

Once you get into the basic grabs on a snowboard, it’s time to step up your game.

The more grabs you have in your bag of tricks, the more you can pick the right grab for that new spin you’re learning, express yourself off that side hit, or pick  out the perfect grab for the occasion. 

While I consider indy, mute, melon and stalefish to be the basic grabs, I think a nose grab, tail grab, method and japan are a little harder, mostly because they’re harder to reach.

Today, we’re going to cover the next step up in snowboard grabs

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How to Nose Grab on a Snowboard

One of the cool things about different grabs is they can help you learn other tricks. A backside 360 tail grab and a backside 3 mute feel totally different.

A frontside 7 melon grab and a fs 7 tail are two different tricks, and depending on YOU, one of them might work better for you than another.

And if you’re not ready for spins, don’t worry, learning new grabs is just downright fun.

First up we have the nosegrab. I think this is easier than a tail grab because the shape of the jump helps you to bring the grab up to your hand, and it’s easy to land tail first.

The key here is to keep your shoulders in line with your board, reaching sideways for your nose rather than turning and bending forward.

Bend your front knee deeply to bring your nose up to your face and push down your bag leg once you get a hold of the nose. Hold on tight and float this one the whole way to the landing. 

I like nosegrabs for cab 9’s and backside 7s as they help spin faster. You can also use them when you don’t know what’s in the landing, as you can lay down your tail to absorb whatever you’re landing on. 

How to Tail Grab on a Snowboard

Next we have the tailgrab, which is one of my favorites with a frontside 360. Tailgrabs can be tweaked frontside or backside just like an indy grab. Just be sure not to grab tindy or talefish. Aim for the center of the tail even if you don’t hit it every time. 

Tail Grabs are great for frontside 7’s, and fs 3 and backside 3’s as they keep you on the proper axis to land. 

How to Japan Grab on a Snowboard

Next we have the japan grab, which is a bit of a novelty. Usually used as a backside air, or with a backside 180, in recent years it’s become popular with the backside 720, and even seen in the olympics by Sage Kotsenberg with huge spins. 

The key here is to reach down and grab for mute first, near the front foot inside the binding, with your arm outside the knee.

Once you get a hold of the board, you can bring the board vertical, with the tail pointing towards the ground, and pull back like a method by bending your knees. This is one of the more advanced grabs that exists, and not for those who haven’t learned the basics. It’s also pretty rare to see. 

How to Method Grab on a Snowboard

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Lastly we have the method grab, which is like a melon grab, pulled backwards and tweaked backside. This trick is usually done as a straight air, and not usually done with spins, although it can be done. 

To perform the method, ollie up off the jump, level out and then tweak your board up and kick out your back foot, turning backside towards the landing. Let go, let your body unwind, extend your legs and bring down the landing gear. 

For a full length training on the method, the most iconic grab in snowboarding, check out the method grab training in Shred School.

Method grabs and Japan airs are great for the backside wall of a halfpipe or a backside hip.

The Advanced Snowboard Grabs

That’s it, the level up from the basic grabs. We’ve got the nose grab, tail grab, japan air and method grab. 

Pop off the jump, level out in the air and then go for the grab, don’t rush it.

Remember that nose and tail grabs can help you get your spins around, and the japan and method air are usually, but not always done as straight airs, as they’re hard enough without any spins involved. 

Go try these advanced grabs, and let us know which is your favorite. 

Peace out shredder

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