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A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

Alley-oop
A halfpipe trick which involves rotating the board 180 degrees in an uphill direction.

B

Backflip
Flipping backwards off a jump.

Isabelle Blanc of France
Carving it up!

Betty
Female rider.

Boardercross
Downhill race over jumps and banked turns.

Bullet proof
Super hard or frozen snow.

C

Carving
Using the edge of the snowboard to turn without sliding.

D

Dope
Cool!

Double grab
Doing two separate tricks while in the air. One goes off of a jump, grabs the board one way, then grabs it in another way, then lands.

Drop-in
The start of a run when the rider enters the halfpipe.

E

Edges
The strips of metal usually made hard steel, on the outer edges of the running surface of skis or snowboards.

Eurocarve
A term used to describe a certain mode of riding in which the rider makes large and hard cutting turns; usually getting way up on the edge and leaning the body parallel to the ground.

F

Fakie
Riding backwards.

Freestyle
The kind of snowboarding which is mostly associated with riding the halfpipe, but may also be used to describe any type of snowboarding which includes tricks and maneuvers.

G

Gap
A jump that has a take-off ramp that is higher than the table below it. A gap is the distance or space between the two objects.

Goofy foot
To ride with the right foot forward.

Grind
To ride on an object like a ledge or handrail with the edges making contact.

H

Half-pipe
A snow structure used to catch air and perform tricks by traveling back and forth from wall to wall.

Jarret Thomas of the USA riding a half-pipe
Hitting the wall...

Handplant (backside)
A 180 degree handplant in which both hands or the rear hand may be planted on the lip of the wall and the rotation is backside.

Handplant (frontside)
A 180 degree handplant in which the front hand is planted on the lip of the wall and the rotation is frontside.

Hucker
A boarder who goes for big jumps but never lands them.

I

Invert
A trick where the head is below the level of the board.

J

Japan
The front hand grabs the toe edge, the front knee is tucked and the board is pulled up and the back is arched.

Jibbing
Riding on or hitting non-snow obstacles like picnic tables, tree stumps etc.

K

Kicker
A man-made jump in the snow.

L

Leash
Tie used to connect board to boot to stop it sliding away.

Lip
The top edge portion of the halfpipe wall.

M

McTwist
A 540-degree turn with a front flip.

Mogul
A snow bump formed by the action of skiers. Usually found on steeper slopes.

N

Nose-grab
Grabbing the front of the board during a jump.

O

Heikki Sorsa of Finland catches some air during the Mens Snowboard Halfpipe Competition during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games
Don't let go!

Ollie
A method to obtain air by first lifting the front foot then lifting the rear foot as you spring off of the tail.

One-footer
Doing a jump with only one foot in the bindings (not for the faint hearted!).

P

P-Tex
The material used to make the base of a board.

Q

Quarterpipe
A single curved ramp used for performing tricks.

R

Railslide
Sliding the board along a railing mounted on the snow.

S

Shaun White from the USA
Grind that rail!

Shifty
A grabless trick where the upper torso and lower body are twisted in opposite directions and then returned to normal.

Sketching
The act of riding along precariously and near falling!

Stalefish
Trick where the rear hand grabs the heel edge between the bindings.

T

Twintip
A freestyle board with symmetrical ends.

U

V

Vert
The vertical section of a halfpipe.

W

Wall
Any bank that is at or above 90 degrees.

Shay Paxton of Australia
Big air madness!

Wax
Substance applied to the base of a snowboard to make it run more smoothly.

Wipeout
A crash.

Wood core
Various types of wood used to provide the shape and thickness of a board.

X

Xtreme
Taking the snowboard over testing off-piste terrain, cliffs, etc.

Y

Z

Zonk
Hit the wall...


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