Fundamentals With Chad – Frontside Wallride

Wallride’s are fairly basic and really fun-although you see riders getting owned on them every day. That’s because they get on their edge and zing out. Treat the wallride like an icy quarterpipe by staying flat-based and it’ll come pretty easily. Another cool thing about a wallride is that you can start low and work your way higher.

1. Go at the wall however you want-straight on or from an angle. For this trick, Chad started out on the left side of the wallride. He’s goofy, so if you’re regular stanced, you’d come at it from the right in this example.

2. Keep your knees bent and ready for the inevitable kink where snow meets wallride. Absorb the transition, and ride up the wall much like a quarterpipe. Think “light on your feet” and try to unweight a bit as you travel up the wall.

3. Make sure your board is completely flat-based throughout the entire maneuver. If you’re on edge or accidentally transition onto your edge at any time, there’s a good chance you’re getting tossed onto your back or face.

4. You’re basically doing a frontside 180. As you approach the top of the wall, your body should be in the boardslide position. Go ahead and drop your weight into it. Try to push your tail over the lip of the wallride for proper style, and always remember to stay balanced over your board-don’t let it get ahead of you or you’ll be riding the coping on your butt.

5. At the apex of the wallride, remember to keep your weight focused on your front foot. This ensures you don’t fly over the back.

6. Upon reentry, once again concentrate on staying flat-based. Keep in mind, a wallride is generally grabbier than snow. Don’t come in fully pressed on your nose or you may get thrown into a faceplant. Just come in centered and relaxed. Keep the board flat to the wall until you hit the snow.

Congratulations, you just owned the wallride, son!

“It’s always good to start out slow on a wallride and work your way up. There’s no need to send it full speed first try and go flinging over the backside.”-Chad Otterstrom