frontside boardslide

how to backside board slide

How to Backside Boardslide on a Snowboard

How to Backside Boardslide on a Snowboard

Introduction

50% Off Online Snowboard School: https://www.edshreds.com/school

It’s Christian from Shred School. 

The dreaded backside boardslide.

It seems we’re either slipping out on our heel edge, catching our toe edge, or just too scared to even try.

Today we’re going to break down one of the most requested trick tips, and teach you how to finally stop fearing the boardslide. 

If you want to learn ALL the pre-requisites, this week we've got 50% Off Shred School: https://www.edshreds.com/school

What is a Snowboard Backside Boardslide?

how to backside boardslide on a snowboard

If the backside 360 is the workhorse of jump tricks, I think the backside boardslide is the workhorse of rail tricks. It’s kind of a warm up trick, and also a building block for almost all other tricks.

For beginners, this is going to be a lot harder than a 50-50, but only because it’s new. Once you get the hang of it, it’s maybe even easier, because you can lean side to side to stay balanced on the rail. 

Now, before you step to the backside boardslide, you should learn how to ollie, bs 50-50, and frontside 180.

The bs 50-50 will teach you to approach a rail that is behind you, and the frontside 180 will get you used to feeling comfortable popping off your heels and turning into the boardslide, as this is the hardest part about this trick… it’s getting over the rail and not sliding out.

This starts with a proper ollie off the lip, and a weight adjustment in the air. 

If you don’t know, a backside boardslide is when you approach a rail backside, meaning the rail is behind you, or on your heel edge, rather than toe edge, and you turn 90 degrees towards the rail.

As opposed to a backside lipslide, where you would turn away from the rail.

Or a frontside boardslide, where you would turn towards the rail that is on your toeside edge, or in front of you. 

Or a frontside lipslide where you jump up and over the rail into a boardslide. This is often mistaken for a boardslide. 

People get really confused, because you are technically spinning frontside 90 degrees into a backside boardslide.

You should just know that the terms frontside and backside don’t mean the same thing for rails and for spins, so just separate the two in your mind. 

They’re not related, stop trying to make them mean the same thing. With rails, backside is any trick where the rail is behind you, on your heelside edge.

How to Backside Boardslide on a Snowboard

The easiest way to learn the backside boardslide is to first practice it on the flat ground. Simply do a heelside edge carve, and counter rotate your body so you’re looking down the hill, while your back turns up the hill at the same time.

If you’re regular that means the top of your body will turn to the right, and your legs will turn to the left.

You really have to twist, as you want your body to turn a full 90 degrees. I find that it sometimes helps to reach my front hand down the hill to get the full rotation. 

You can see Jess doing this on a box right here. See her reaching for the end by taking her front arm across her body?

Once you can do this, try the same thing, but put your full body weight over your front foot, and then give a little pop back to regular. Now try the back foot.

By pressing into our foot, we can control our lock into the rail, and pop out much easier. We can also get used to shifting our balance while on the rail.

You can do a boardslide directly in the center of the board, but we still want to make sure we’re pressing evenly across the entire base so we don’t catch an edge or slip out. 

Try this on a practice board if you can to get the hang of the motion before stepping to a box or rail on the slope. The more you practice off slope, the easier this will be on the mountain.

Snowboard Backside Boardslide Box and Rail Tutorial

Once you’ve mastered the boardslide on the ground, it’s time to step it up and take it to a box. 

Pick an easy ride on box that’s low to the ground. After a couple warm up 50-50s, we’re just going to switch to a backside boardslide halfway across the box.

Do a little hop, twist your lower body a FULL 90 degrees and reach your front arm towards the end of the box. 

If this feels good, it’s time to boardslide the whole thing.

Approach the box like you would a backside 50-50 at a slight angle pointing towards the rail, ollie straight up in the air, and just before you land on the box, turn your board 90 degrees and counter rotate your shoulders towards the end of the box. 

This is going to be a Transfer of the weight from back foot, when you ollie, to the center of the board when you land on the box. 

Make sure you actually complete an Ollie straight up in the air, and THEN turn after your nose has cleared the box or rail.  Most amateurs won’t do this – they’ll do some weird 45 degree hop instead of separating the two motions. 

If you don’t ollie first, you just try to turn right off the lip, you will wreck like Ben does here. And rob does here…. And Jess does here. 

You can see how important it is to ollie straight up and THEN turn. Two separate motions.

You want to approach the rail just like you’re going to do a 50-50, and in the air turn at the last second after your nose is up and over the rail.

Press evenly across your base  so the weight is spread across your entire width of your board. If you just turn and don’t press evenly across the base at the angle of the box or rail, you will likely slide out towards your heels. This is what most people do. 

You want to angle your body weight and board at the same angle as the rail. That means, if it’s a down rail, you have to lean down the slope.

Backside Boardslide Snowboarding Fails and How to Avoid Them

Again, the biggest issue here is commitment, and that’s why most people slide out on their heels. 

They’re just unwilling to commit to leaning down the hill.

Keep your board at the angle of the box, and pop off the end. Make sure to turn your board 90 degrees to ride straight out.

The other mistake people make is they lean too far down the hill, and catch an edge like Jess does here… Part of the problem here is that she didn’t turn a full 90 degrees, which makes it much easier to catch an edge. She also didn’t press evenly across the base, she was leaning too far forward.

If you bend your knees deeply it’s a lot easier to avoid all these mistakes.

Now, some people think this is a matter of shard edges, and I can tell you most of the time it’s not. I almost never detune edges unless I’m riding handrails. For park rails, if you’re using proper form, and your board is not completely new or freshly sharpened, you should be totally fine. 

Something else that goes wrong with the boardslide is people give up the counter rotation and start to turn sideways with their shoulders. If this is the case, it’s ok, just keep your shoulders turning a full 180 and you can come out switch. 

If you’ve practiced your FS 180s like I recommend, it won’t feel unfamiliar. 

You might also struggle with falling off the inside of the rail, with your nose sliding off. If this is the case, you most likely need to put the mass of your upper body directly over the rail, Some people just stick their nose up there and keep their body off to the side because they’re scared to commit. The longer the rail, the more you’re going to need to commit to lock in. 

You may also need to take a more extreme angle up to the rail if you’re having a hard time getting on top. Some people are completely parallel when they approach, and can’t get the momentum to get up top. 

The Snowboarding BS Boardslide Trick

You can do this trick on a box, a rail, a down rail, a hand rail,  anything you want.

You can do a boardslide to switch front board, or backside 270 into this trick.

You can also turn it into a blunt and 270 out, or keep it on the front foot and pretzel out.

It’s a building block for half the tricks out there, and well worth your time to learn. You will love this trick as soon as you get over the fear of leaning down the rail. 

That’s the backside boardslide, also just called a “boardslide.” It’s when you approach a box or rail that is in behind you, on your heel edge, ollie up and turn a full 90 degrees towards the rail. Your front will be facing down the mountain. You can come out regular or to switch.

Go out there, give the backside boardslide a shot. Remember, press evenly across the base and lean at the same angle as the rail. Get your bodyweight directly over top of the tail, and practice locking in on both your front foot and your back foot.

That’s all for today…

 

Peace out shredder

Get Your Own 24/7/365 Snowboard Coach For Less Than the Cost of a 1/2 Day Lesson On The Mountain

THE STEP-BY-STEP SNOWBOARD TRAINING YOU NEED TO GO FROM BEGINNER TO BACKFLIP
50% OFF
cab 540

How to Cab 540 on a Snowboard

Watch The Video How to do a Cab 540 on a Snowboard Introduction 50% Off Online Snowboard School: https://www.edshreds.com/school  It’s Christian from Shred School.  There

Read More »
how to snowboard in powder

How to Snowboard in Powder

Read The Post How to Snowboard in Powder How to Snowboard in Powder Learning how to snowboard in powder as a beginner, intermediate or expert rider

Read More »
how to frontside boardslide

How to Frontside Boardslide on a Snowboard

How to Frontside Boardslide on a Snowboard

Introduction

50% Off Online Snowboard School: https://www.edshreds.com/school

It’s (Christian) from Shred School. 

You know I recently heard someone describe the frontside boardslide as “the method grab of jibs, the one trick that has more style than any other” and I quite liked it.

Also known as a “front board”  or fsbs the frontside boardslide is feared by beginner and intermediate riders, and revered by park rats, skateboarders turned snowboarders, and pros alike. 

Today we’re going to break down what at first seems like an intimidating trick, but really isn't’ so bad once you get the hang of it.

If you want to learn ALL the pre-requisites, this week we've got 50% Off Shred School: https://www.edshreds.com/school

The Snowboard Frontside Boardslide

frontslide boardslide

If you want to make sure you never miss a video, go ahead and subscribe to the channel and hit notifications right now. That’s going to make sure you always get notified of new videos. 

When I first started to learn front boards, I mostly did them to fakie. This was back in the early 2000’s when it was more popular, but frontside boardslides back to regular quickly took over. It was the sign of a true shredder to be able to bring it back to regular.

Doing a frontside boardslide to fakie is kinda like just doing a backside 180 while landing on  a rail in the middle. It’s pretty out of control.

When you bring this trick back around to regular it shows more control, and allows you to actually see where you’re going. 

Now, before you step to the frontside boardslide, you should learn how to ollie, fs 50-50, and backside 180.

The fs 50-50 will teach you the approach, and the backside 180 will get you used to feeling comfortable with your back facing down the mountain, as this is the hardest part about this trick… it’s not that it’s hard, you just have to let yourself relax.

A frontside boardslide is when you approach a rail frontside, meaning the rail is in front of you, or towards your toe, rather than heel edge, and you turn 90 degrees towards the rail.

As opposed to a frontside lipslide, where you would turn away from the rail.

Or a backside boardslide, where you would turn towards the rail that is on your heelside edge, or behind you.

People get really confused, because you are technically spinning backside 90 degrees into a frontside boardslide.

You should just know that the terms frontside and backside don’t mean the same thing for rails and for spins, so just separate the two in your mind. 

They’re not related, stop trying to make them mean the same thing. 

With rails, frontside is any trick where the rail is in front of your toeside edge.

How to Frontside Boardslide on a Snowboard

The easiest way to learn the frontside boardslide is to first practice it on the flat ground. Simply do a toeside edge carve, and counter rotate your body so you’re looking down the hill, while your back turns down the hill at the same time.

If you’re regular that means the top of your body will turn to the left, and your legs will turn to the right.

You really have to twist, as you want your body to turn a full 90 degrees. I find that it sometimes helps to reach my back hand towards my nose to get the full rotation.

Once you can do this, try the same thing, but put your full body weight over your front foot, and then give a little pop back to regular.

By pressing into our front foot, we can control our lock into the rail, and pop out much easier.

It’s almost like a small nollie out of a frontside boardslide. 

Try this on a practice board if you can to get the hang of the motion before stepping to a box or rail on the slope.

You can also try the fsbs to fakie on the ground. 

Take the exact same motion, but when you’re ready to pop out, turn your shoulders backside and let your legs follow. Remember to stay looking down at your feet rather than trying to figure out where you’re going.

This will help because you will inevitably get turned around backwards trying this trick on a rail, and it’s best if you don’t panic. 

It will also train you to survive if you fall off the rail early and need to come out fakie, or switch.

Once you’ve mastered the fsbs on the ground, it’s time to step it up and take it to a box.

Snowboard Frontside Boardslide Box and Rail Tutorial

Pick an easy ride on box that’s low to the ground. After a couple warm up 50-50s, we’re just going to switch to a frontside boardslide halfway across the box.

Do a little hop, counter rotate, kick out the back foot and reach your back hand for your nose. Keep your eyes on the end of the box and do a little nollie off the end.

If this feels good, it’s time to front board the whole thing.

Approach the box like you would a fs 50-50, ollie straight up in the air, and just before you land on the box, turn your board 90 degrees and counter rotate your shoulders. Look under your front armpit to see the end of the rail, and try to keep your eyes locked in.

This is going to be a Transfer of the weight from back foot, when you ollie, to front foot when you land on the box. 

Make sure you actually complete an Ollie straight up in the air, and THEN turn after your nose has cleared the box or rail.  Most amateurs won’t do this – they’ll do some weird 45 degree hop instead of separating the two motions. 

You want to approach just like you’re going to do a 50-50, and in the air turn at the last second.

Press evenly into your front foot so the weight is spread across your entire foot. If you just turn and don’t press into your foot, you will likely slide out towards your toes. This is what most people do. You have to really commit to turning your board a full 90 degrees and getting all of your weight directly over the rail.

You want to angle your body weight and board at the same angle as the rail. That means, if it’s a down rail, you have to lean down the slope.

Frontside Boardslide Snowboarding Fails and How to Avoid Them

Again, the biggest issue here is commitment, and that’s why most people slide out on their toes. 

They’re just unwilling to commit to leaning down the hill.

If you do slide out towards your toes, just reach a hand down towards the rail so you don’t smash your chest.

Keep your board at the angle of the box, and pop off the end. Make sure to turn your board 90 degrees to ruide straight out, even if your shoulders haven’t rotated back. THat’s ok, just get that board around. Sometimes your head is still looking up at the rail like Ben here. 

I like to practice these on the end of a rail too, coming from the side and olling up for the very last bit of the rail. That way if I catch an edge or slide out, I'm already at the end of the rail or box.

The other mistake people make is they lean too far down the hill, and catch an edge like I do here… in all fairness this board was brand new with sharp edges. This really doesn’t happen that often, it’s much more common to slide out on towards the toes. 

Unless you’re on a kink rail, then it’s another story.

Just remember, you want your weight evenly spread across your whole base. Just because you’re leaning down hill doesn’t mean you should lean into an edge. 

I will say that if you don’t fully commit to the 90 degrees, you do a halfway front board at 45 degrees, you’re much more likely to catch your edge.

I see people with straight legs turning 45 degrees all the time.

If you bend your knees deeply it’s a lot easier to get the full 90.

Something else that goes wrong is people give up the counter rotation and turn their eyes uphill towards the rail.

This is totally fine. If you’re practicing your backside 180’s like i’ve recommended, it won’t feel all too unfamiliar. THe key is not to panic, stare straight down at the rail, but keep the pressure the whole way across your foot so you don’t slip out. When you see the end of the rail, turn your board the rest of the way and ride out fakie. 

You might also struggle with falling off the inside of the rail, with your nose sliding off. If this is the case, you most likely need to put the mass of your upper body directly over the rail, Some people just stick their nose up there and keep their body off to the side because they’re scared to commit. The longer the rail, the more you’re going to need to commit to lock in. 

You may also need to take a more extreme angle up to the rail if you’re having a hard time getting on top. Some people are completely parallel when they approach, and can’t get the momentum to get up top.

The Snowboarding FSBS

You can do this trick on a box, a rail, a down rail, a hand rail,  anything you want.

You can do a switch board to front board, or cab 270 into this trick.

You can also turn it into a blunt and 270 out, or keep it on the front foot and pretzel out.

It’s a building block for half the tricks out there, and well worth your time to learn. You will love this trick as soon as you get over the fear of turning your back down the mountain. 

That’s the frontside boardslide, also called a “front board” or “fsbs” It’s when you approach a box or rail that is in front of your toe edge, ollie up and turn a full 90 degrees towards the rail. Your back will be facing down the mountain. You can come out regular or to switch.

Peace out shredder

Get Your Own 24/7/365 Snowboard Coach For Less Than the Cost of a 1/2 Day Lesson On The Mountain

THE STEP-BY-STEP SNOWBOARD TRAINING YOU NEED TO GO FROM BEGINNER TO BACKFLIP
50% OFF
How To Carve With One Foot on a Snowboard

How To Carve With One Foot on a Snowboard

Watch The Video How To Carve With One Foot on a Snowboard (Without Slipping Out) https://youtu.be/VoevnNfri2E Introduction 50% Off Online Snowboard School: https://www.edshreds.com/school  Whattup Shredder?

Read More »
how to backside handplant
how to indy grab
how to ride switch on a snowboard

🏂 Get 3 of Our Best Video Lessons Free

Enter Your Best Email Below and Get The Lessons Straight To Your Inbox