The mute grab (similar to an indy grab) is one of the maneuvers most riders learn immediately after they’ve mastered hitting a jump. In fact, mute and indy grabs are often used to keep riders stable in the air or while doing other, more difficult, maneuvers like flips, spins and flips with spins (like a misty flip or mctwist).
The mute grab is very similar to an indy grab, except you perform a mute grab with your front arm instead of your rear arm.
This maneuver adds style to huge frontside airs in the pipe and makes for great photo ops in the backcountry. The mute grab is a simple trick to learn that will become one of your go-to maneuvers for any type of transition.
Time Required: 30 minutes or a couple of attempts
How to Do a Mute Grab:
- Practice your mute grab on land a few times before taking it to the jump. Strap into your board and practice grabbing it with your front hand on your toeside edge between the bindings. Bend your knees so your hand naturally reaches your board. Bending over to reach for a grab results in your butt sticking into the air, and that’s a big mistake as far as style goes.
- Practice ollieing into the air, pulling your knees toward your chest and performing the mute grab. Do this a few times until you feel comfortable enough in the grab position to try it in the air.
- Head to a jump you feel comfortable hitting. If you’re in a new area, take a run to check out the jump. Make sure there are no obstacles or ice patches on the landing.
You can also use this run to gauge your speed for the jump. You’ll want to get enough speed to clear the knuckle without over-shooting the landing. It helps to hit the jump once without reaching for the grab. This will allow you to determine the exact amount of speed you need to pull off your mute grab and ride away flawlessly.
- Approach the jump with your board flat on the snow and your weight centred over it. Your knees should be bent and ready to spring off the lip. Don’t make any turns on the ramp of the jump. If you need to speed check, make turns at the beginning of the inrun instead.
- Pop off the lip of the jump with an ollie to boost yourself higher into the air. This little extra boost will give you more time to hold your grab (which means more style). Pull your knees up toward your chest and always keep your eye on the landing.
- Use your front hand to grab the toeside edge of your board between the bindings. Don’t reach forward for the grab or the whole maneuver will be thrown off-balance, and you’ll be left flailing through the air. Keep your knees up and hold the grab until you start to descend toward the landing.
- Release the grab and relax your knees slightly. You’ll want your knees bent for landing, but not quite in the crouched position you were using for the grab.
- Land with the base of your board flat on the snow. Your shoulders should be in line with your knees, your weight should be centred and you should be looking downhill.
- Ride away smoothly, ignore the applause from the chair, and hike back to the top to practice some more.
- Add style to your mute grab by straightening your front or back leg to tweak it out. You can also straighten both legs to perform a mute stiffy.
- Add a mute grab to your spins and flips for extra stability and style.
- Wear your helmet when hitting jumps and attempting new maneuvers.
- It helps to bend at your knees instead of your waist for a smooth landing. Bending at the waist will almost always throw you off balance and result in a wipe out.
- Grab different spots between the bindings to add variety to your mute grab. A grab near your rear binding can look like a completely different trick than a grab near your front binding.