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An A-Z of Snowboarding in Amazing Photography

A – ALASKA (R: Nicolas Müller, P: Oli Gagnon)

Alaska contains some of the biggest and gnarliest mountains on the planet. Every season, the world’s best snowboarders make the journey up to AK to log shots for their movie projects and while the powder and terrain may be next level, it’s certainly not a place for the faint of heart…

B – BACKSIDE 180 (R: Mario Kaeppeli, P: Patrick Steiner)

The backside 180 will forever remain one of the simplest, yet stylish snowboard tricks in the book. Done best with a melon, indy or japan grab or simply floated Devun Walsh style without a grab at all, a big, controlled backside 180 off a backcountry jump is just as difficult to do well as some of the bigger, more tech tricks.

C – CREATIVITY (R: Elias Veijola, P: Teemu Heljo)

We snowboarders are an inherently creative bunch. From our trick selection, to the way we interpret spots on the hill or in the streets to the way we document snowboarding – like this sick reflective shot of Elias Veijola by Teemu Heljo.

D – DOUBLE CORK (R: Victor Daviet, P: Remi Petit)

The double cork was first landed by JP Walker in 2001’s ‘Shakedown’ before being consolidated as a legitimate trick by the likes of David Benedek. These days, doubles are a dime a dozen and you won’t see a slopestyle or halfpipe comp that don’t feature them.

E – EUROPE (R: Gerome Mathieu, P: Cyril Mueller)

As a European snowboard magazine, we have to give it up for Europe as an all round sick place to snowboard. The alps - spanning France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy are high altitude, legit mountains and the terrain that you can ride is pretty much limitless. We're pretty damn fortunate to have it all right on our doorstep.

F – FRONTSIDE BOARDSLIDE (R: Eiki Helgason, P: Sami Tuoriniemi)

The frontside boardslide is one of the most instantly recognisable and staple jib tricks in the game. They’re pretty straightforward to learn and feel sick when you get them on lock. A rail trick that will never go out of fashion.

G – GIGI RÜF (P: Sami Tuoriniemi)

Gigi Rüf is one of those riders that everyone can relate to. Always pushing the boundaries, be it in the parks, streets or backcountry, Gigi is a rider who has already reserved his spot on the list of the all time greats.

H – HIP (R: Peter König, P: Rolland Haschka)

Hip features are rad. Why go in a straight line when you can land on an angled transition? Shots on hips always look sick, especially when they're as massive as the one we had at our Onboard Send Off Session last year and you get Peter König to hit it...

I – INDY (R: Bode Merrill, P: Andy Wright)

The indy – grabbing the toeside edge with the back hand – is probably the grab that most snowboarders try and learn first. They feel great with a whole bunch of tricks, although don’t get caught calling a frontside one a ‘frontside indy’ or the trick police will have your head…

J – JIBBING (R: Brandon Cocard, P: Matt Georges)

Jibbing – technically defined as sliding over a non-snow surface on a snowboard – first emerged in the early 90’s with riders like Nick Perata on picnic tables and the like, before being taken to a new level by guys like JP Walker and Jeremy Jones. Today, riding non-snow features is a huge part of snowboarding, with dudes like Brandon Cocard here sliding over 69 stairs and such…

K – KICKERS (R: Ståle Sandbech, P: Frode Sandbech)

Jumps have also played a huge part in the evolution of freestyle snowboarding and are getting bigger and bigger every year!

L – LIPSLIDE (R: SAMI LUHTANEN, P: SAMULI RONKANEN)

Lipslides rule. They can be done frontside or backside (like Sami Luhtanen’s here) and involve bringing your back foot up and over the rail before touching down with the rail square between your feet.

M – METHOD (R: KALLE OHLSON, P: LUCAS NILSSON)

The method – the most iconic and instantly recognisable trick in snowboarding. Good ones don’t come all that easy and they have been an integral part in building the careers of some of the biggest names in snowboarding.

N – NICOLAS MÜLLER (P: FRODE SANDBECH)

Speaking of methods, Nicolas Müller has one of the best in the game and is one of the greatest snowboarders of our generation. Nico rides everything with cat-like precision and all with an instantly recognisable style and is certainly one of the most adorned snowboarders in the world right now.

O – ONE-FOOT (R: CHRIS GRENIER, P: ANDY WRIGHT)

Taking one foot out of your bindings has become more than a just a necessity when hopping on the lift in recent years. Riders like Bode Merrill and Scott Stevens have taken one-foot tricks to lofty new heights, and we don’t see any signs of the trend slowing down.

P – POWDER (R: PHILIPP ZURBRIGGEN, P: DOMINIC STEINMANN)

Powder: it's what we all dream about riding on the regs. There are few things as stripped back and enjoyable in life as putting in some turns down an untouched face blanketed with with a couple feet of pristine, light powder snow. You're salivating now right?

Q – QUARTERPIPE (R: OLIVIER GITTLER, P: DANNY BURROWS)

Quarterpipe competitions are definitely fewer and farther between these days, but they used to be all the rage a few years ago in high profile comps like the Arctic Challenge and Air & Style. There’s something very gladiatorial about watching a tiny speck of human being hurtling towards a massive ice wall before proceeding to launch 7m out of it. Bring ’em back we say.

R – RODEO (R: PEETU PIIROINEN, P: BLOTTO)

The backside rodeo. First pioneered by Peter Line in Mack Dawg’s Simple Pleasures (1997), the bs rodeo has become another classic snowboard trick. Half backflip, half backside 180, it’s a trick that needs to be done slow and stylish to have the proper effect.

S – SLASH (R: NICOLAS MÜLLER, P: OLI GAGNON)

Because kicking up a huge cloud of snow and getting lost in 'the white room' totally rules.

T – TERJE HAAKONSEN (P: SAMI TUORINIEMI)

Terje Haakonsen, or ‘The godfather of snowboarding’ as he’s also known, is perhaps the most influential snowboarder to have walked the earth. From his staunch views on FIS and the Olympics to his many, many achievements on his board, we all owe a lot to this man.

U – UPSIDE-DOWN TRICKS (R: JONAS STEEN, P: Emil Sollie)

To be fair, we were pretty stumped on what to do for 'U' and wanted to post this sick shot of Jonas Steen getting inverted in Trandum.

V – VIDEO (R: LNP, P: OLI GAGNON)

From playing VHS tapes until they play no more, to the never-ending stream of content that drops online today in 2014, video has always played a pretty huge part in snowboarding. If there’s no video proof it didn’t happen right?

W – WALLRIDE (R: DYLAN THOMPSON, P: E-STONE)

Urban snowboarding has been getting pretty insane over the last few years, and every building, handrail or dumpster in the streets represents a potential snowboard spot. Wallrides are a pretty big part of it all and Dylan Thompson likes them a bunch.

X – XAVIER DE LE RUE (P: TERO REPO)

Xavier de le Rue is a straight mentalist. From tackling the steepest terrain to riding down fozen waterfalls, Xavier's snowboarding commands respect. We're pretty thankful his name starts with an X otherwise we'd have been screwed for this one...

Y – YOUNGBLOOD (R: Mons Roisland, P: Emil Sollie)

The progression of snowboarding relies on a constant influx of new talent. Thankfully these days there’s plenty of that and the list of triple corkers is getting younger and younger every year.

Z – ZILLERTAL (R: WERNI STOCK, P: CARLOS BLANCHARD)

Ok, we were totally out of ideas by the time we got to ‘Z’ and we figured that the Zillertal is a sick place to ride… Plus this shot of Werni rules.

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