Snowboard Grabs: Backside Crail

The Grab:
Rear hand reaches across the front of the body to grab nose.

The Tweak:
Crails are conventionally tweaked frontside, bending the front knee and completely boning out the back leg. Here, Ted Borland is twisting it backside.

Performed By: Ted Borland.

The History:
Swiped from skateboarding, this grab name comes from the crail slide, in which the nose of the board is grabbed with their rear hand while doing a tailslide. In recent years, some snowboarders have mislabeled this grab as a nuclear. Nuclear grabs, however, require the rear hand to reach across the body, and all the way around to the heel edge, the way Craig Kelly originally did them. When the rear hand is on the nose, this makes it a crail. It can also be argued that grabbing any place on the toe edge, between the front binding and the nose also qualifies as a crail. This nether region of a snowboard, which doesn’t exist on a skateboard, creates much ambiguity when using skate names for snowboard tricks. The backside crail was made famous in snowboarding by Jeff Brushie during 1995 Burton US OPEN runs. Riding his craps-table pro model graphic, Brushie blasted backside rails, once again opening riders’ eyes to ways snowboarders could take influence from skateboarding. The crail gained mainstream fame during the 2014 Winter Olympics when Sage Kotsenburg added a Japan grab to the conventional crail during his gold medal run. Dubbed the Holy Crail, Sage did this grab mid backside 1620.