Grab Directory

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 necessarily how-to videos, but 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.

  • Cross Rocket

    Both hands grab the nose of the board with arms crisscrossed.

  • Swallow Double Tail Grab

    Rear hand grabs one tip of the swallow tail, releases, then grabs the other swallow tail tip.

  • Frontside Crail

    Rear hand reaches across body and grabs nose in front of the front binding.
  • Cannonball BS 360

    Rider grabs their knees and tucks up like a cannonball.

  • Double Stiffy

    Both hands grab the toe edge of the board between the bindings.

  • Suitcase

    Front hand reaches around the base from the back and grabs the toe edge between the feet.
  • Rocking Horse

    In any order that suits you, the front hand grabs nose followed by the rear hand grabbing tail. Repeat.

  • Method to Frontside

    Front hand grabs the heel edge, then rear hand grabs the toe edge.

  • Ball Grab Backflip

    Either hand grabs the rider's balls.
  • Rewind

    For it to qualify as a true rewind, the board should be brought back a full 180 degrees.

  • Reach Around

    Front hand reaches around the the back and grabs the heel edge behind the back foot.

  • Rocket Air

    Both hands grab the nose of your board at the same time.
  • Tuck Knee

    Rear arm wraps around the outside of the knee, grabs toe edge in between the bindings, with knees tucked.

  • Stelmasky

    Front hand reaches through the legs and grabs the heel edge between the bindings.

  • Indy BS 180

    Rear hand grabs toe edge in between the bindings.
  • Cross Rocket Backflip

    Both hands grab the nose of the board with arms crisscrossed.

  • Stinkbug

    Rear hand grabs the toe edge between the bindings.

  • Extreme Beef

    Rear hand reaches through the legs and grabs the heel edge in front of the front foot.

  • One Footer Grab

    You can do any grab with one foot unstrapped! This example is a tail grab where the rear hand grabs tail.

  • Stiffy

    Either front hand or rear hand grabs toe edge between the bindings and both legs are extended.

  • Backside Crail

    Rear hand reaches across the front of the body to grab nose.
  • Bloody Dracula

    Front hand reaches around the back all the way to the tail, while the rear hand also grabs tail.
  • Canadian Bacon

    Rear hand reaches through the legs from behind and grabs the toe edge.
  • Chicken Salad

    Rear hand reaches through the legs, the wrist is pronated 180 degrees inward, and grabs the heel edge between the bindings.
  • Cookie Monster

    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.
  • Dracula Method

    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.
  • Frontside (Nosebone)

    Rear hand grabs the toe edge between the bindings, while traveling straight or spinning frontside. Front leg is boned.
  • Frontside (Tailbone)

    Rear hand grabs the toe edge between the bindings, while traveling straight or spinning frontside. Back leg is boned.
  • Japan

    Front hand wraps around the front shin and grabs toe edge between the bindings. Knees are bent, folding legs backwards toward the board.
  • Melon

    Front hand grabs the heel edge between the bindings.
     
  • Method

    Front hand grabs heel edge either between the bindings or in front of the front binding.
     
  • Nose Grab

    Front hand grabs the nose of the board.
     
  • Roast Beef

    Rear hand reaches through the legs and grabs the heel edge between the bindings.
  • Sad Air

    Front hand grabs toe edge between the feet, as close as possible to the back binding.
  • Seatbelt

    Front hand reaches across the body and grabs the tail.
     
  • Slob

    Front hand grabs toe edge between the bindings, while going straight or rotating frontside.
     
  • Spaghetti

    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.
  • Stalefish

    Rear hand grabs the heel edge between the bindings.
  • Tail Grab

    Rear hand grabs the tail of the board.
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    Disclaimer: 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, or would like to request additional grabs be added, please comment in the post or pass this info, or differing opinion, along to preston@crabgrab.com so that we may continue to improve this resource.

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