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Snowboard Trick Tips: How to Score the Basic Air
Written By: dougfagel

Snowboard Trick Tips: How to Score the Basic Air

Jumping is one of the most fun things you can do on a snowboard. The feeling of weightlessness, if only temporary, is one of the highlights of riding on snow. But the consequences of landing off balance can be drastic. So watch this quick video to learn the basics of catching air, then get out and try it.

Check out the Learn to Snowboard Thread on the forums to ask Doug Questions about scoring your next Snowboard Trick.


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Stanky13 Stanky13 - i watched this a long time ago but never really payed any attention to it since i was no where near the jumping level. now i can see myself going fast enough to catch a little air off of certain hills and experimenting in the baby park. so i will put these tips into use on tuesday during my next visit
797 days 16 hours 4 minutes ago
humblerooster humblerooster - This is great. I love all the videos.
811 days 2 hours 1 minutes ago
graywolf316 graywolf316 - Doug and Serria Snow make the best tip videos. Good quality, good information!
812 days 5 hours 55 minutes ago
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vfrdude04 vfrdude04 - How to you hit and land air on a half pipe? Ive never tried it, but it seems like it'd be hard because of the edge at the top.
860 days 20 hours ago
tazzman tazzman - makes it soun easy we will see
860 days 20 hours 23 minutes ago
ballinsicknasty ballinsicknasty - yay doug
1149 days 2 hours 27 minutes ago
Lambo961 Lambo961 - great info
1160 days 1 hours 21 minutes ago
I8crayon I8crayon - Ty really helped I just started doing park stuff I used to just run off into the trees and do drops and stuff but this helped me alot with real jumps
1178 days 19 hours 56 minutes ago
3deezy 3deezy - thanks for the great info! just starting to take on some jumps too
1200 days 23 hours 45 minutes ago
3deezy 3deezy - thanks for the great info! just starting to take on some jumps too
1200 days 23 hours 45 minutes ago
hawkeyepnx hawkeyepnx - This will be my first season out in 10+ years and this is just a reminder for me that crap, I forgot how much I will be falling again at first. ha
1235 days 10 hours 48 minutes ago
Omitson Omitson - Most of those ramps taken look like a bit more then basic air. The techniques described all apply to the very basic jumps nonetheless! Very nice video.
1237 days 10 hours 51 minutes ago
cpark0919 cpark0919 - nice video learned alot
1237 days 19 hours 45 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - The cup is to protect you from ski poles.
1238 days 22 hours 26 minutes ago
snowmass snowmass - i am not sure how a cup would save you. but the falling on knees and then arms is definitely going to help me this year. my local mountain just opened
1238 days 22 hours 40 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - Happy I could help!!
1238 days 22 hours 59 minutes ago
aznshortguy aznshortguy - sick video. i always wanted to try to get some air, but i didnt know how to land and that there was so much involved. even though you didnt really say how the board should be oriented to the ground, i could see it clearly in the video. thanks doug!
1263 days 3 hours 14 minutes ago
baconn16 baconn16 - Doug, you have no idea how much these videos have helped me...Seriously, thanks.
1269 days 19 hours 2 minutes ago
mmm911 mmm911 - a- ha... thx
1281 days 15 hours 25 minutes ago
gofeman gofeman - dougy sougy sougy cant you see, sometimes your tips just hypnotize me. word up for the nose grab tip, i never thought of popping of that way.
1283 days 3 hours 51 minutes ago
twitchell91 twitchell91 - I never could properly land a jump. Now I kinda get the idea. Can't wait to try it out on the mountain! Thanks a lot!!
1283 days 4 hours ago
dougfagel dougfagel - Stoked that I could help you guys style out your airs. The nose grab is one of my all time favorites!! ;-)
1297 days 2 hours 15 minutes ago
Drkness Drkness - Wonderul! Thanks guys Dougie!
1298 days 19 hours 46 minutes ago
jeeemchew jeeemchew - great tutorial! thanks!
1301 days 14 hours 34 minutes ago
yowillishere yowillishere - his nose grabs are clean as shit
1307 days 10 hours 22 minutes ago
ejaeyoon ejaeyoon - seems simple enough. it helped me when i first started to wear tinted googles so i could see the landing better
1351 days 3 hours 4 minutes ago
aga_sau aga_sau - Thanks Doug, it was helpful video for me. Hardest thing building confidence for the bigger ones.
1400 days 18 hours 11 minutes ago
jamiemack89 jamiemack89 - Thanks for the tips! should help me land my jumps when I go to NZ :P
1427 days 16 hours 49 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - TunnelSnake01 - You need to KNOW that you are going to hit the landing when you hit any jump. This comes in part from experience and using your head when hitting any feature. Know the needed speed and pop for every feature. This can be learned by watching and pacing other riders hitting a feature.
1451 days 5 hours 27 minutes ago
TunnelSnake01 TunnelSnake01 - Thanks for the vids Doug, they're really helpful. Quick question tho - I've started getting smaller airs down but I worry about hurting myself in the act of chasing longer hang time. Any tips on building up confidence?
1451 days 17 hours 26 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - Great!! It does have to do a lot about mileage and quality practice. As jumps get bigger your window for needed movements gets smaller. Make sure to practice precision in your movements.
1457 days 2 hours 46 minutes ago
JandJBlks2k JandJBlks2k - Doug, you're awesome dude! I've been trying to do the jump since last season..but would always land on my behind! this year, I finally got it down!! that extra few secs on a flat board really do make a diff..Just have to gain more confidence and speed for more air! Thanks again!
1465 days 18 hours 54 minutes ago
dubplate dubplate - Thanks Doug!
1481 days 54 minutes ago

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