Snowboard Grab Guide: What Does Each Grab Mean?

Indy? Stalefish? Crail? Nope they’re not names of rock bands, each of these is a name for a different way to grab your snowboard.

Whether you’re hitting a small 15 foot jump or launching double corks off 90 foot jumps, a grab can make your trick look even more stylish.

There’s A LOT of grabs and people invent all sorts of funky grabs every day, so I’ll just be covering the main ones in this guide.

Snowboard Grabs

I’ve circled the area you need to grab in red.

Indy

Grab the toe edge of your snowboard with your rear hand, between your front and back foot.

Indy Grab

Mute

Grab the toe edge of your snowboard with your front hand, between your front and back foot. You grab in the same area as an indy grab.

Melon

Grab the heel edge of your snowboard with your leading hand, between your front and back foot.

Melon Grab

Stalefish

Grab the heel edge of your snowboard with your rear hand, between your front and back foot. You grab in the same location as a melon grab.

Nose

Grab the nose of your snowboard with your leading hand.

Nose Grab

Crail

Grab the nose of your snowboard with your rear hand. You grab in the same area as a nose grab.

Tail

Grab the tail of your snowboard with your rear hand.

Tail Grab

Seatbelt

Grab the tail of your snowboard with your front hand. You grab in the same location as a tail grab.

Method

Grab your heel edge anywhere between the nose of your snowboard and your rear foot. Next you need to tweak the grab so that your feet and the base of your snowboard are pointed forward. This is kind of similar to if you were about to dropkick someone with the bottom of your snowboard.

Method Grab

Method Grab Photo

Styling & Modifying A Grab

When grabbing, you have the option to make it even more stylish by ‘boning out’ one of your legs.

Nosebone & Tailbone

This means you bend one leg and straighten the other. For a nosebone you would straighten your front leg and for a tailbone you would straighten your rear leg.

Example: Indy Nosebone

Have fun with your grabs and don’t be afraid to try out different grabs! The sign of a well rounded rider is someone who can use lots of different grabs.

So, what’s your favorite grab?

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