How To Snowboard: Frontside Air In The Pipe

With Greg Bretz

Like a Jimmy Page guitar solo, the opening riff means all. Greg Bretz lays into sending big, bold, attention-grabbing first hits in the Northstar-at-Tahoe Superpipe.

Approach: Drop in on your heelside wall, riding across the flatbottom with a strong toe edge.

Takeoff: When you get to the lip of the pipe, begin to point your board a bit farther down the pipe, increasing your distance with each go. Wait as long as possible to pop, helping to prevent landing too low in the transition.

Maneuver: As soon as you leave the pipe, reach forward with your back hand, grabbing in front of your front foot. Kick out that back leg as much as possible, while remembering to continue to look down into the transition.

Landing: Touch your tail back down on the transition, coming back into the pipe as high on the wall as you can. Bring your weight toward your nose, and set your heel edge in to prepare for the next wall.

Remember: Don't let your edge slip while coming across the flats and up the wall; stay strong and committed throughout.

Trick To The Trick: The trick to this trick is to always, always keep your eyes focused on the lip while in the air. Don't start looking toward the bottom, or you'll end up landing flat and low in the transition.


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

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