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How to Boardslide on a Snowboard

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How to Boardslide on a Snowboard
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Boardsliding is a relatively simple rail trick to learn, and once you’ve mastered it, it can lead to an array of trick combinations that will impress your friends. A boardslide is a trick in which the rider ollies onto a rail and slides downhill with their snowboard perpendicular to the rail.

If a rider ollies onto a rail and slides with their back facing downhill, they’re doing a frontside boardslide. If a rider ollies onto a rail and slides with their chest facing downhill, they're doing a backside boardslide.

A number of trick combinations can be performed when you ollie onto the rail and when you dismount, so once you learn the basics, your bag of tricks will have a lot of room to grow.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Time Required: 20 Minutes

How to Boardslide:

  1. You’ll need to ollie onto the rail to initiate the boardslide, so it’s important that you learn to ollie first. To start an ollie, shift your weight forward, so your centre of gravity is over your front foot. Rock backwards and shift your weight until it’s on the tail of the board. With the nose of the board in the air, straighten your back leg, pop the board into the air and pull your knees toward your chest. Land softly with your knees bent and your weight centered over the board.

  2. Once you’ve mastered the ollie, it’s time to use it to land on the rail for your boardslide. Head toward the rail in a straight line with your weight balanced. Keep your legs bent as you approach the rail.

  3. If you'd like to frontside boardslide approach the rail with your board parallel to the rail. At the beginning of the rail ollie off of your toe edge while your upper body so that it's facing uphill and looking over your rear shoulder. This will enable you to rotate your board 90 degrees so that it's perpendicular to the rail. Land with your board perpendicular to the rail and your back facing downhill. Keep your weight centred, knees bent, and look downhill over your shoulder as you slide down the rail.

  4. If you'd like to backside boardslide, approach the rail with your board parallel to the rail. Ollie off of your heel edge while rotating your torso so that your chest is facing downhill (this is easier than a frontside boardslide because you're already partially facing downhill), which will enable you to rotate your board 90 degrees. Land on the rail with your board perpendicular to the rail. Keep your board centred and your chest facing downhill as you slide down the rail.

  5. At the end of the rail rotate another 90 degrees to dismount and ride away. Add additional rotations or grabs as you mount or dismount the rail to make your boardslides more impressive.

Tips:

  • Wear a helmet when you practice rail tricks. Rail injuries can be some of the most harmful injuries in snowboarding.

  • Set your bindings in a freestyle stance, centred on the board, to help maintain your balance on rails and landings.

  • Many park riders dull the edges of their snowboard with a file. This means the board won't carve or hold an edge as well, but it reduces the chance that the edge will catch on the rail and throw the rider down.

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