Category: Miscellaneous

Snowboarding Trick Terminology – Jumps

Well, I’m writing this mostly for my mom and dad, but also for myself, as I haven’t wrote about anything in a while that’s not for my writing class, so a bit of freewriting would be good.

There’s a lot of weirdly named and abbreviated tricks in snowboarding, whether you’re doing a switch-front-board-270-out on a rail, or a hard way cab-5-melon on a jump. I decided to list some of the basic (and when I say basic, I mean basic. There are so many more terms I have yet to learn, and I’ll link a couple I didn’t mention here at the end) terminology of tricks, so here I go.

Riding Switch – Riding switch means that you are snowboarding with your other foot forward, instead of your natural foot forward. The foot forward you are using to ride switch with varies depending on if you are goofy (right foot forward) or regular (obviously, left foot forward)


Spins are usually done in increments of 180 degree spins, starting with a 180 and going up to (the world record) 1800. On rails, spins can be done in increments of 90 degree spins, landing perpendicular on a rail. These can range from a 90 (which is a basic boardslide, as I’ll write about later), to a 990. Spins are usually shortened to the first number of the spin, so a 360 would be shortened to 3, 1080 would be shortened to a 10, etc.

Backside and Frontside:

Spins are done either backside or frontside, unless you’re flipping, then it’s (obviously) a backflip or frontflip. A backside spin is done (usually) off the toe edge of the board, so if you’re regular, you’re spinning clockwise to the right, and if you’re goofy, backside is counterclockwise to the left. A frontside spin is just the opposite. Usually done off the heel edge of the board, but also done off the toe edge (which is called hard way), for regular riders it’s a counterclockwise spin to the left, and for goofy riders it is the opposite. Frontside and backside are usually just referred to as front and back, and that’s why you’ll hear more commonly someone say a front 3, rather than a frontside 360.

Cab and Switch spins

Spins are often done switch, and the term “cab” refers to a switch frontside spin. The backside variant is referred to as a “switch backside” spin, shortened to “switch back” or just “switch”. A cab spin is always frontside, a switch is always backside. A cab (as a trick) is a switch frontside 360. A half cab is a switch frontside 180 (which is my go-to trick when I’m testing out a jump for the first time). Above that, you say the spin, instead of just the amount of cab (the amount of cab? What am I saying..? :P). For example, you would say a Cab 540, instead of a 1 1/2 Cab.

Hard Way

Hard way spins are spins (frontside or backside) done from the opposite edge of the natural spinning edge for the spin, depending on if it is frontside or backside. For example, a hard way front spin is a frontside spin done off the toe edge of your board. You’re still spinning the same way, but you’re setting up in opposite direction.


There are a ton of different grabs, and to save myself the time, I’m going to use a diagram from another website.

Green = Front Hand, Yellow = Back Hand

Grabs are most always put into spins off jumps, so a cab 5 indy would be a switch frontside 540 with an indy grab. Here’s a list of some with pictures from Transworld for reference.


I’ll write the next part on rails, boxes, jibs and abbreviations tomorrow, and explain what a hard way 270 to front boardslide to back 270 out on a DFD rail is.


My goals for the 2016 Snowboarding Season

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d like to accomplish this year in terms of snowboarding, and I think I’ve finally got a good list that has good goals for me on it. Here it is! Last year I landed some 360’s, so I definitely want to take things up a notch to a 540 this year. I want to get more comfortable on rails, so I put some goals for those too. I’ve always wanted to learn to flip… And this may be the year!

  • Backside 540
  • Frontside 540
  • Perfect Backside 360
  • Perfect Frontside 360
  • Wildcat (backflip)
  • Frontside Boardslide
  • Switch Frontside Boardslide
  • Backside Cork 540?

I’m hoping to land some 540’s really soon, and I’m going to start working on a backflip over the next few months! I’m excited, especially if I can land a flip.

Fallacy Detective: Analogies

What is an analogy? It’s when you compare two things, and assume something must be the same about them because other things are similar about them. 

Hmmm…. Let me think of an example. 

“The iPhone 5 has a 4 inch display. The iPhone 5S also has a 4 inch display. Both the 5 and the 5S come in silver, and have a 8 Megapixel camera. The iPhone 5S has a fingerprint sensor, so the iPhone 5 must have one too”

Just a random example :P. 

Fun Night

Last night, Mom, Dad and Jadyn went to get Grandma and Grandpa from the airport, but had to stay in a hotel in Denver due to snow… So that left me and Isaac at the house, which was awesome! We ordered a pizza and watched the Hunger Games, and in the morning we ate leftover cake for breakfast. We’ve been snowboarding a lot…. Getting better at park, I can 360 now! I’ll post a video of it sometime. I got some footage of me and Isaac doing park, here’s a video of that:

If you can’t view it, here’s a link:


I’ll upload some more videos soon, but that’s about it that’s been happening recently.