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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
1044 days 55 minutes ago
humblerooster humblerooster - This is great. I love all the videos.
1057 days 10 hours 52 minutes ago
graywolf316 graywolf316 - Doug and Serria Snow make the best tip videos. Good quality, good information!
1058 days 14 hours 46 minutes ago
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.
1107 days 4 hours 51 minutes ago
tazzman tazzman - makes it soun easy we will see
1107 days 5 hours 14 minutes ago
ballinsicknasty ballinsicknasty - yay doug
1395 days 11 hours 18 minutes ago
Lambo961 Lambo961 - great info
1406 days 10 hours 12 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
1425 days 4 hours 47 minutes ago
3deezy 3deezy - thanks for the great info! just starting to take on some jumps too
1447 days 8 hours 36 minutes ago
3deezy 3deezy - thanks for the great info! just starting to take on some jumps too
1447 days 8 hours 36 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
1481 days 19 hours 39 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.
1483 days 19 hours 42 minutes ago
cpark0919 cpark0919 - nice video learned alot
1484 days 4 hours 36 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - The cup is to protect you from ski poles.
1485 days 7 hours 17 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
1485 days 7 hours 31 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - Happy I could help!!
1485 days 7 hours 50 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!
1509 days 12 hours 5 minutes ago
baconn16 baconn16 - Doug, you have no idea how much these videos have helped me...Seriously, thanks.
1516 days 3 hours 53 minutes ago
mmm911 mmm911 - a- ha... thx
1528 days 16 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.
1529 days 12 hours 42 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!!
1529 days 12 hours 51 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - Stoked that I could help you guys style out your airs. The nose grab is one of my all time favorites!! ;-)
1543 days 11 hours 6 minutes ago
Drkness Drkness - Wonderul! Thanks guys Dougie!
1545 days 4 hours 37 minutes ago
jeeemchew jeeemchew - great tutorial! thanks!
1547 days 23 hours 25 minutes ago
yowillishere yowillishere - his nose grabs are clean as shit
1553 days 19 hours 13 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
1597 days 11 hours 55 minutes ago
aga_sau aga_sau - Thanks Doug, it was helpful video for me. Hardest thing building confidence for the bigger ones.
1647 days 3 hours 2 minutes ago
jamiemack89 jamiemack89 - Thanks for the tips! should help me land my jumps when I go to NZ :P
1674 days 1 hours 40 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.
1697 days 14 hours 18 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?
1698 days 2 hours 17 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.
1703 days 11 hours 37 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!
1712 days 3 hours 45 minutes ago
dubplate dubplate - Thanks Doug!
1727 days 9 hours 45 minutes ago

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