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How To Snowboard: Frontside Wallride

With Stevie Bell

Very few can really dial in a proper wallride: flat, locked-in, and looking right. Stevie’s been holding the secret for years, finally dropping the knowledge on this Winter Park wall. If you don’t know how to ride them, let Stevie Bell explain how. 

Approach: As you’re coming up to the lip, prepare to launch by bending your knees and keeping flat based, with some slight pressure on your toes. This will keep you from laying back and slipping off the wall on your heels.

Takeoff: Ollie hard off your toes, and immediately begin lifting your knees as high to your chest as possible. Before you touch, the board should be just as vertical as the wall.

Maneuver: One of the most important parts—with force and control, slam that base against the wall. Keep your front shoulder aimed at the end corner, spotting your landing the entire way.

Landing: As you’re approaching the end of the wall, initiate a fully based ollie off the wall to finish ’er off. From here? 360s out, laybacks, Millers, et cetera. Sky’s the limit.

Remember: Keep your base flat as long as possible, including a fully based ollie off the wall just as you’re approaching the end.

Trick To The Trick: The trick to the wallride is to pick your spot on the wall before dropping in, and really setting your line directly toward it as you approach the takeoff.

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From the October 2010 Issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding and 20 Tricks Vol. 4

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