20 Tricks At The DC Mtn. Lab
More Moves Than You Can Handle

It was an experiment really, and for any proper experiment you need control … and a test group. We were hell bent on pulling off a dynamic, informative, instructional feature-we’d accept no less than everything. We needed a dedicated team stat-and a unique locale. It would be a winter-long affair-we sought comfort and demanded seclusion. A place where the squad could hole up, then hit a rail on a whim, caffeinated, at 3:00 in the morning, if the mood struck ‘em. No rules, no regulations, free of resort bureaucracy, ski patrol and lift closings. We set up shop and dug in at the DC Mountain Laboratory.

“Before trying this trick you should already have nollies and front boards locked down. If you have crazy long hair like me, it still won’t make it any easier.”-Aaron Biittner
(1) Nollie Front Board. Aaron Biittner (Seq)
1. Approach the rail with your board parallel and about a foot away-at a speed that you feel comfortable with.
2. About five feet from the lip, begin to lean slightly onto your toeside edge-get low.
3. Load up hard on your nose and pop the nollie big. Start turning your shoulders like you’re going to do a front board, but make sure that the board stays parallel with the rail after you pop so you get the nose up and over the top of the rail.
4. Once your nose has cleared the top of the rail, turn your board 90 degrees and set it down in the front board position. Get your balance and chill out for a second while keeping your eyes on the end of the rail.
5. As you reach the end of the rail, spot your landing and get a little lower. Extend your legs and give it a little pop off the end, turning the board straight again.

(2) Log Ride. Aaron Biittner (Still)
Is riding a log a trick? Hell yeah! In comparison to a handrail or box, wood is another beast all together-it’s slower and less consistent, with a lot of bumps and variation in each piece of lumber.-Dresser

(3) Nosepress, Nollie Out. Aaron Biittner (Seq)
1. Approach the feature with the right amount of speed. In this case, fast enough to slide up the bomb and get some pop off the end.
2. Pop off your tail hard and get your board up enough to land on your nose without slapping your tail down.
3. Press hard up the bomb, keep your weight balanced over the nose. Pull up with your back foot hard-try not to let your tail down.
4. As you reach the end, stay pressed, bend your knees, and prepare to pop out.
5. Lean forward over your nose, extend your legs and pop out hard.


(Priscilla Levac)
(4) Cab 270 To 270 Out. Priscilla Levac. (Seq)
When you approach something switch, make sure that you don’t forget to bend your knees first. I find that it helps if you have your back arm ready to swing it a bit to get your spin going. Once you’re on the box, keep the knees bent, and your head down looking under your shoulder. The next thing you know, you’re be making your way to the end of the box and landing back forward, all smooth.

(5) 50-50, Backside 180 Out. Priscilla Levac. (Seq)
This is a really fun and simple trick! Make sure you carry a bit of speed when approaching the rail with your knees bent. After you ollie and land on the rail 50-50, think about going for the back 180 right away. Your head will automatically start to look down and under your shoulder as you slide toward the end of the rail. Now just keep looking under your shoulder, spot the landing, and stomp it just a little bit on your toes.

(Devun)
(6) Cab 360. Devun Walsh. (Still)
Frontside 360s and Cab 360s are go-to tricks when I’m either looking to get something in the bag early in the day, or if the jump or cliff is huge-I know I can usually get a front three. They’re safety tricks I guess.
I like to throw down ‘em down as I’m warming up since they take little effort, feel cool, and when executed right, look okay, too. They’re easy, so m up the grabs or don’t even grab-a personal favorite of mine.

(7) Gap To Lip. Devun Walsh. (Still)
After locking frontside boardslides, the next step is learning a backside lipslide. The body position is similar, but the setup is more difficult: You must air up and rotate your tail over the rail for a back lipslide-it’s fun!-C.D.

(Bjorn Leines)
(8) Backside 540. Bjorn Leines. (Seq.)
Get your backside 360s and 180s dialed before learning backside 540s. Once you’re comfortable with those tricks, you’re ready to step it up. Anytime that you’re going to try a new trick, I suggest checking out a video to get a visual on how it should look-then visualize yourself being able to do the move. Confidence is key, and seeing yourself landing the trick in your mind helps make it a reality. Approach the jump smoothly, riding up the takeoff flat-based with slight pressure on your toe edge. Pop off your toe edge as you rotate your shoulders and head into a backside spin. Your front arm will initiate the spin as you swing it around toward your trailing shoulder-that arm acts like a counterweight; the harder you swing it across your body, the quicker you’ll rotate. Grab your board as soon as possible, and it will help you stay composed. Suck your legs up toward your chest to stay more compact as you’re spinning. Keep turning your head and shoulders while you look with your eyes around to your landing. Poke out your grab-at about 450 degrees you should see your landing zone coming around beneath you. Prepare to stomp by centering yourself over your board-now land it solid and ride away clean.

(9) Frontside Cork 540. Bjorn Leines. (Seq)
The trick to learning cork moves is all in the way that you initiate the spin off the lip.
Ride up the jump smooth and confident, ready to spin frontside.
As you approach, ride flat-based up ’til the lip, then slightly spring into the spin, almost slipping off your heelside edge.
Drop your head and shoulders across and down over the heelside edge as you use your back arm to swing around the tail of the board.
Grab immediately to stabilize and style it out-use your front arm like a wing to balance your rotation as you keep reaching around frontside during the spin.

Your head and eyes should continue looking between your front arm and nose of the board as you spin around to about 450.

With frontside corks, your feet will come around nicely centered beneath you right before you finish the rotation. Let go of your grab and center your weight for landing.

Stomp it flat-based trying not to put pressure on your edges. Watch out that as you ride away your arms don’t continue to twist your upper body or else you’ll easily catch your heel edge and crash. Have fun, and shred on!

(Eddie Wall)
(10) Frontside Board On A Wall. Eddie Wall (Still)
Eddie Wall, on a wall-that’s funny. Front boards feel different when you have to charge at a transition first. And you can also just go straight up the wall-stall-and do a frontside rock. Pretending you’re a vert skater is fun.-C.D.



(11) Invert On A Wallride (still)
“Handplanting a wallride is the same as doing it on the snow. Except instead of snow it’s Plexiglas, and instead of a lip it’s metal coping, and instead of … never mind.”-Eddie Wall

You have no edge control on a wall, therefore you must stay flat-based the entire time. If you plant your hand below the lip, you will slip. And remember, it’s metal coping up top, so don’t get lazy and leave your legs up on the deck-you’ll ride away with a nasty shinner.

(12) Cab 270, Back Lip. Eddie Wall (Night Rail Seq)
1. Approach the rail with your knees bent and in a low position. This lowers your center of gravity.
2. Spring off your toes, and be careful not to hang up the nose of your board on the rail, so pop off the lip hard. Keep your eyes on the area of the rail you are going to land on.
3. I pretend I’m doing a hardway 180 until I’m right over the rail, and then I turn it 90 degrees and land between my feet. Some people like to land over their front foot, this is a little safer when learning it, so you can slip off the side instead of catching your heels.
4. Once you land on the rail, just keep your knees bent and try to be light on your feet.
5. Come off the end of the rail and rotate another 90 degrees and stomp it.

(Simon)
(13) Switch Front Board, Backside 270 Out. Simon Chamberlain. (Seq)
“Before you try this trick, you should have your switch front boards dialed.”-Simon Chamberlain

1. Approach the rail switch with enough speed so that you’ll slide to the end of the rail.
2. Go off the jump onto the rail a little bit on your toes and turn backside.
3. Land on the rail centered-for the first bit of the rail you’ll be sliding blind.
4. When you have achieved a solid balance, look over your trailing shoulder and you’ll be able to see the end of the rail.
5. Turn your shoulders facing the end of the rail-this will make your 270 rotation out easier.
6. When you get to the end of the rail, pop off your front foot and swing your back foot forward-that’ll finish the 270 out.
7. Land smooth, ride away, and get ready for the next Jib.

(14) Nosepress Through A Kink, Nollie Out. Simon Chamberlain. (Seq.)
“This trick is pretty fun-it’s kind of hard, but once you get it, it feels amazing. You’re going to have to learn nosepresses first-and 50-50s through kinks-before you try this.”

1. Ride at the kinked rail with enough speed to easily make it to the end.
2. Ollie onto the rail, landing on your nose-make sure your tail doesn’t touch when you land on the rail. If you ollie too high, you’re going to tap-ollie just high enough to get over the rail.
3. Keep your weight leaning on your front foot-I bend my front knee and keep my back leg straight.
4. Keep pressing and get ready for the kink-when it comes, suck it up with your front leg, and keep your back leg up so your tail doesn’t “tap”!
5. Keep pressing the flat section and pop a nice nollie out.

(15) Switch Five-0. Simon Chamberlain (Still)
“I have a love/hate relationship with this trick because it’s hard somedays and easy on others. You want to learn this trick on a flat box first, for sure, but before that, just do some switch manuals on the snow to get used to leaning back-but not too far back.”-Simon Chamberlain

(16) Backside 180. Simon Chamberlain. (Still)
Back 180s are a beautiful, timeless trick, and there’s always another way to tweak ‘em. Check out Simon’s stylish tailbone.-C.D.

(17) Gap Frontside 450, Boardslide 270 Out. Simon Chamberlain. (Seq)
“Before trying this trick make sure that you have enough speed to make the gap onto the obstacle. Start with gapping and landing boardslide, and getting the 270 out first, just to get used to it. After doing that a few times, you’ll be ready.”-Simon Chamberlain

1. Go toward the rail as if you would be doing a frontside 540 off a jump. Take off on your toes or heels-I like my toes.
2. Spin your first 270 and keep your confidence up to keep going and looking over your shoulder.
3. When you get to your 360 rotation, you’ll see the rail and get ready to land in a boardslide.
4. When you land in the boardslide, don’t lean too forward or backward-that can result in an edge catcher or a slip out.
5. Keep sliding on the rail, and when you get really close to the end of the rail, look over your shoulder and get ready to spin your 270 out.
6. Now you go by feel-just wait until you feel the end of the rail and follow the rotation out. You’ll spin the 270 out super easy because of your momentum.
7. Land it, bend your knees, and you’ll be freaking stoked, man!

Todd Richards
(18) Switch Backside 540 Melon. Todd Richards. (Still)

“First off, this sweet move can be a little weird at first-it’s nd I’m doing a hardway 180 until I’m right over the rail, and then I turn it 90 degrees and land between my feet. Some people like to land over their front foot, this is a little safer when learning it, so you can slip off the side instead of catching your heels.
4. Once you land on the rail, just keep your knees bent and try to be light on your feet.
5. Come off the end of the rail and rotate another 90 degrees and stomp it.

(Simon)
(13) Switch Front Board, Backside 270 Out. Simon Chamberlain. (Seq)
“Before you try this trick, you should have your switch front boards dialed.”-Simon Chamberlain

1. Approach the rail switch with enough speed so that you’ll slide to the end of the rail.
2. Go off the jump onto the rail a little bit on your toes and turn backside.
3. Land on the rail centered-for the first bit of the rail you’ll be sliding blind.
4. When you have achieved a solid balance, look over your trailing shoulder and you’ll be able to see the end of the rail.
5. Turn your shoulders facing the end of the rail-this will make your 270 rotation out easier.
6. When you get to the end of the rail, pop off your front foot and swing your back foot forward-that’ll finish the 270 out.
7. Land smooth, ride away, and get ready for the next Jib.

(14) Nosepress Through A Kink, Nollie Out. Simon Chamberlain. (Seq.)
“This trick is pretty fun-it’s kind of hard, but once you get it, it feels amazing. You’re going to have to learn nosepresses first-and 50-50s through kinks-before you try this.”

1. Ride at the kinked rail with enough speed to easily make it to the end.
2. Ollie onto the rail, landing on your nose-make sure your tail doesn’t touch when you land on the rail. If you ollie too high, you’re going to tap-ollie just high enough to get over the rail.
3. Keep your weight leaning on your front foot-I bend my front knee and keep my back leg straight.
4. Keep pressing and get ready for the kink-when it comes, suck it up with your front leg, and keep your back leg up so your tail doesn’t “tap”!
5. Keep pressing the flat section and pop a nice nollie out.

(15) Switch Five-0. Simon Chamberlain (Still)
“I have a love/hate relationship with this trick because it’s hard somedays and easy on others. You want to learn this trick on a flat box first, for sure, but before that, just do some switch manuals on the snow to get used to leaning back-but not too far back.”-Simon Chamberlain

(16) Backside 180. Simon Chamberlain. (Still)
Back 180s are a beautiful, timeless trick, and there’s always another way to tweak ‘em. Check out Simon’s stylish tailbone.-C.D.

(17) Gap Frontside 450, Boardslide 270 Out. Simon Chamberlain. (Seq)
“Before trying this trick make sure that you have enough speed to make the gap onto the obstacle. Start with gapping and landing boardslide, and getting the 270 out first, just to get used to it. After doing that a few times, you’ll be ready.”-Simon Chamberlain

1. Go toward the rail as if you would be doing a frontside 540 off a jump. Take off on your toes or heels-I like my toes.
2. Spin your first 270 and keep your confidence up to keep going and looking over your shoulder.
3. When you get to your 360 rotation, you’ll see the rail and get ready to land in a boardslide.
4. When you land in the boardslide, don’t lean too forward or backward-that can result in an edge catcher or a slip out.
5. Keep sliding on the rail, and when you get really close to the end of the rail, look over your shoulder and get ready to spin your 270 out.
6. Now you go by feel-just wait until you feel the end of the rail and follow the rotation out. You’ll spin the 270 out super easy because of your momentum.
7. Land it, bend your knees, and you’ll be freaking stoked, man!

Todd Richards
(18) Switch Backside 540 Melon. Todd Richards. (Still)

“First off, this sweet move can be a little weird at first-it’s totally blind and takes a bit of commitment straight off the lip. Get switch backside 360s on lock first-a solid frontside three wouldn’t hurt either.”-T.R.
1. You’re going backwards at the jump now, so think in reverse. The secret to this move is the counter carve-as you approach the jump, swing wide on your heels so you can carve and leave the lip off of your toes.
2. As you’re getting ready to leave the lip, stay low and anticipate a solid spin-pop off your toes.
3. As you leave the lip, begin to reach down with your melon hand and keep looking over your shoulder.
4. You should now have knuckled solidly onto your board-and if you timed your pop well, you’ll be rotating through the 360-degree mark.
5. Keep holding on, it keeps you centered and stable. The landing is now under you, so stay squared up and extend the landing gear, then set that sucker down.
6. You are going am any second!

(19) Cab 720 Melon. Todd Richards
Backside 540s and Cab 540s are recommended before you try this twirl. Once you start to get the hang of this trick, you may find yourself hucking in to a McMillion-that is bad. Spinning ’til you hit can hurt. Try to slow things down and take it slow-once you get smooth Cab sevens wired, the Cab niner is just a 180 away!-T.R.

1. You’re coming in hot, switch-stanced, toward the takeoff point.
2. Counter carve on your toes so you can rock onto your heels before leaving the lip.
3. As you’re about to leave the lip, remember the fact that you’ll need to spin further than 540-your snap must accommodate this.
4. You’re in the air now-get that grab early and hold on for the whole maneuver. Grabbing melon right at the get-go locks your upper body in the proper position for a fast, compact Cab spin.
5. Continue to hold the melancholy solid as you pass 360 and rotate toward 540, ready to release the grab-now let go and you should be falling into to a your final backside 180 at this point. It’s as easy as that!

(20) Backside Air On A Wallride. Todd Richards. (Still)
“As physics dictates, to fly out the top of a wallride, you’ll need significantly more momentum than if you were going to do one of those steezy ‘hood ornament’ poses that are so popular on the tops of walls today.”-T.R.

Speed at the wall with more speed than you need-this is so you can chicken check right before the wallride and still reach the top. The first couple times is all about getting the feeling of riding up the wall flat-based with enough speed. Remember, you can’t edge on metal, unless you’re Andreas Wiig or one of those tight-pant-wearing Euro dudes that hit sticks in the snow for sport. The key to actually doing an air is waiting-make sure that you wait ’til you clear the lip of the wall before grabbing and horking out a wicked method. If you don’t, your tail will hit the wallride and you’ll springboard onto your face in the flats. As you get the feeling wired, eliminate the chick check and punch it toward the heavens. Awesome!


(21) Travis Parker
Switch Up Your Stance. Travis Parker. (Back 180/Sequence)
This is the hardest trick of them all: Travis Parker literally switched his stance and went from goofy to regular foot for the season. Here’s the most noteworthy backside 180 of the year in Parker’s modified regular-stance position!-C.D.

(22) Backside 360. Travis Parker. (Still)
Anyone can do a back three, but making it look pretty like Travis here is another story. And it’s a great safety spin, ’cause you set down forward and can easily spot your landing through the second half of the trick.-C.D.

(23) Fastplant (Still)
“I love fastplants. I first started messing around with ‘em the year we filmed Afterbang. It’s the closest feeling to a boneless on a skateboard, but you don’t have to grab the board. It’s one of those tricks you mess around with when you’re waiting for your buddy at the chairlift, or just dinkin’ off in the flats. Oncce you learn ‘em, take ‘em wherever you want-sleds, stumps, cliffs, rock walls, et cetera.”-Travis Parker








ally blind and takes a bit of commitment straight off the lip. Get switch backside 360s on lock first-a solid frontside three wouldn’t hurt either.”-T.R.
1. You’re going backwards at the jump now, so think in reverse. The secret to this move is the counter carve-as you approach the jump, swing wide on your heels so you can carve and leave the lip off of your toes.
2. As you’re getting ready to leave the lip, stay low and anticipate a solid spin-pop off your toes.
3. As you leave the lip, begin to reach down with your melon hand and keep looking over your shoulder.
4. You should now have knuckled solidly onto your board-and if you timed your pop well, you’ll be rotating through the 360-degree mark.
5. Keep holding on, it keeps you centered and stable. The landing is now under you, so stay squared up and extend the landing gear, then set that sucker down.
6. You are going am any second!

(19) Cab 720 Melon. Todd Richards
Backside 540s and Cab 540s are recommended before you try this twirl. Once you start to get the hang of this trick, you may find yourself hucking in to a McMillion-that is bad. Spinning ’til you hit can hurt. Try to slow things down and take it slow-once you get smooth Cab sevens wired, the Cab niner is just a 180 away!-T.R.

1. You’re coming in hot, switch-stanced, toward the takeoff point.
2. Counter carve on your toes so you can rock onto your heels before leaving the lip.
3. As you’re about to leave the lip, remember the fact that you’ll need to spin further than 540-your snap must accommodate this.
4. You’re in the air now-get that grab early and hold on for the whole maneuver. Grabbing melon right at the get-go locks your upper body in the proper position for a fast, compact Cab spin.
5. Continue to hold the melancholy solid as you pass 360 and rotate toward 540, ready to release the grab-now let go and you should be falling into to a your final backside 180 at this point. It’s as easy as that!

(20) Backside Air On A Wallride. Todd Richards. (Still)
“As physics dictates, to fly out the top of a wallride, you’ll need significantly more momentum than if you were going to do one of those steezy ‘hood ornament’ poses that are so popular on the tops of walls today.”-T.R.

Speed at the wall with more speed than you need-this is so you can chicken check right before the wallride and still reach the top. The first couple times is all about getting the feeling of riding up the wall flat-based with enough speed. Remember, you can’t edge on metal, unless you’re Andreas Wiig or one of those tight-pant-wearing Euro dudes that hit sticks in the snow for sport. The key to actually doing an air is waiting-make sure that you wait ’til you clear the lip of the wall before grabbing and horking out a wicked method. If you don’t, your tail will hit the wallride and you’ll springboard onto your face in the flats. As you get the feeling wired, eliminate the chick check and punch it toward the heavens. Awesome!


(21) Travis Parker
Switch Up Your Stance. Travis Parker. (Back 180/Sequence)
This is the hardest trick of them all: Travis Parker literally switched his stance and went from goofy to regular foot for the season. Here’s the most noteworthy backside 180 of the year in Parker’s modified regular-stance position!-C.D.

(22) Backside 360. Travis Parker. (Still)
Anyone can do a back three, but making it look pretty like Travis here is another story. And it’s a great safety spin, ’cause you set down forward and can easily spot your landing through the second half of the trick.-C.D.

(23) Fastplant (Still)
“I love fastplants. I first started messing around with ‘em the year we filmed Afterbang. It’s the closest feeling to a boneless on a skateboard, but you don’t have to grab the board. It’s one of those tricks you mess around with when you’re waiting for your buddy at the chairlift, or just dinkin’ off in the flats. Once you learn ‘em, take ‘em wherever you want-sleds, stumps, cliffs, rock walls, et cetera.”-Travis Parker








ats. Once you learn ‘em, take ‘em wherever you want-sleds, stumps, cliffs, rock walls, et cetera.”-Travis Parker