‘Can you do tricks?’ is the general response you get when you tell people that don’t snowboard, that you snowboard. Whilst they’d probably appreciate it if you then started singing the national anthem whilst balancing a stack of plates on your forehead and doing a handstand at the same time; that’s probably not what they’re asking.
The deeper into snowboarding you go, the more you begin to appreciate the nuance of tricks. For example, when you look at grabs you begin to notice what the grab is, whether the grab is counter-rotational to the direction of the spin, whether the grab reduces their centre of mass, whether the rider switched up the grab in mid-air, whether the grab was held, whether the grab was poked and we could go on… and that’s just the grab.
However, we appreciate that not everyone is quietly creaming themselves over the finer details of snowboarding as much as we are, so we’ve rounded up a lucky 13 of the craziest tricks that went down last season for your viewing pleasure, as hucked by some of the most renowned sideways standing stuntmen on the planet.