We’ve teamed up with kiwi ripper Nick Hyne and his brand new mobile app Trick Bag to bring you this unique trick guide. The app comes pre-loaded with over 80 trick videos, grab challenges, trick scramble, trick battle modes and much much more. It’s a great fun way to help with visualising tricks and progressing your snowboarding on the hill.
In this exclusive article, Nick takes us through 9 weird grabs that you have to stretch for. Look out for trick videos direct from the Trick Bag app and handy explanations on each. From Canadian Bacon to Taipan, it’s all covered!
Words: Nick Hyne
Progression has gone in every direction imaginable in snowboarding in recent years. People are getting slingshotted up rails and off 3 story balconies, backflipping from roof to roof and if you aren’t going upside down at least 3 times in your slopestyle run – chances are you just aren’t quite Olympic material.
So, what to do? Well, progressing is fun – heck, without it we would all still be holding our instructor’s hand enduring another day on the magic carpet. Progression helps us all enjoy this crazy sport we love – snowboarding.
So how do we progress without spinning? The solution comes without having to even spin as much as a 180 – some days just seem a little unsafe to be getting inverted or spinning, right?
We may have found the answer to progressing without spinning – do weird grabs. It seems simple. For better or for worse, some of the grabs that should have been left with their good friend 1990, have started to resurface. Why? Because they are ridiculous. And sometimes being ridiculous is just what you need to spice up a usually mundane day on the hill. Ridiculous can be fun..and progressive!
Here are 9 grabs you may love or maybe hate with a passion but you know what they say – don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
Load these onto your phone and hit up the Grab Challenge on your next day up the hill..and then thank Steve Jobs for putting awesome in your pocket.
Find out what on earth a Taipan grab is here!