This directory was developed with the grab loving folks at Crab Grab, as a resource for all snowboarders. Learn which grabs are which, how they got their names, and see video examples of each. These aren’t how-to videos, rather great specimens of how these grabs can look, because there’s no one-and-only way to do a grab. That’s the beauty of snowboarding—your style, your rules.
Whether you’re taking flight for the first time, or a seasoned pro, we hope this directory inspires you to mix it up, explore new ways to grab, and tweak that board.
Rear hand reaches across the front of the body to grab nose.
Front hand reaches around the back all the way to the tail, while the rear hand also grabs tail.
Rear hand reaches through the legs from behind and grabs the toe edge.
Rear hand reaches through the legs, the wrist is pronated 180 degrees inward, and grabs the heel edge between the bindings.
Both hands grab the nose like a rocket air, and then you bite the nose of your board with your mouth.
Double Tail Grab
Both hands grab the tail, with the front hand reaching in front of the body like it would during a seatbelt grab.
Rear hand reaches across front of body and grabs heel edge. Front hand grabs anywhere between the front foot and the nose on the toe edge.
Rear hand grabs the toe edge between the bindings, while traveling straight or spinning frontside. Front leg is boned.
Rear hand grabs the toe edge between the bindings, while traveling straight or spinning frontside. Back leg is boned.
Front hand wraps around the front shin and grabs toe edge between the bindings. Knees are bent, folding legs backwards toward the board.
Front hand grabs the heel edge between the bindings.
Front hand grabs heel edge either between the bindings or in front of the front binding.
Front hand grabs the nose of the board.
Rear hand reaches through the legs and grabs the heel edge between the bindings.
Front hand grabs toe edge between the feet, as close as possible to the back binding.
Front hand reaches across the body and grabs the tail.
Front hand grabs toe edge between the bindings, while going straight or rotating frontside.
Rear hand reaches through the front leg from behind and grabs the toe edge in front of the front foot! Front hand is sometimes used to grab the nose.
Rear hand grabs the heel edge between the bindings.
Rear hand grabs the tail of the board.
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= Intermediate |
= Advanced |
This is not a comprehensive list of all grabs…yet. We’ll continue to add to this directory, but in the meantime, here are 20 grabs to keep you busy.
Disclaimer #2 History is inherently messy, prone to interpretation, and often remembered differently by the people who lived through it. While we believe the information included in this directory to be accurate, we know there is always more to the story. If you have additional information as to the origins of any of these grabs, please comment in the post or pass this info, or differing opinion, along to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may continue to improve this resource.