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Snowboarding is an ever-changing and evolving activity, and with it, the terms we use. The Internet has made it easier for new phrases to become ingrained in the snowboard community, but if you’re not paying constant attention, you can find yourself reading the comment section of a snowboard site in utter confusion. Never fear, Yobeat is here to explain some of the latest tricks, trends and phrases you may encounter this season, so you’ll never feel dumb again. Ok, we can’t actually promise you won’t feel dumb, but at least you’ll know what people are talking about.
Zeach: A move popularized in the early 2000s by Zach Leach. It’s any sort of off angle tailslide/press maneuver. In more recent times this technical move has been performed by groms, gapers and girls worldwide.
MJ (Michael Jackson): Jump onto the box, stand up on your toe edge and slide away, now that’s a thriller. Just about everyone except Scott Stevens looks like a fool doing these. Variations of the MJ can be seen with spinning combos, on the heels, and the ever illusive boardslide MJ aka the Herman.
Swivel: The act of changing the direction of your snowboard on a rail or box without leaving the surface, usually some variation of 50-50 swivel 50-50.
Courtesy: Tranny Finders
Noodle Whip: Ollie up and down into a tight tranny (usually along side a rail, box or tree) getting your board as vertical as possible. The act causes your legs and board to whip up and around like a wet noodle.
Chunder: Boulders of snow and ice left behind from snow cats grooming. In warm conditions they are incredibly fun. However, in the cold they are deadly.
Photo: Darcy Bacha/Windells
Bag Jump: Add one part jump and one part giant bag of air and you have a bag jump. Scared to try your first backflip? Bag jump. Want to learn double corks? Bag jump.
GoPro: A small indestructible camera that can be used by anyone and everyone to show the world you and your buddies’ sick day riding. Also know as the “StayPro” among old dudes.
Pretzel: Long before the name was taken by skiers, the “pretzel” originated from trying to spin fs out of a fs boardslide, thus causing your body to twist into a pretzel as you battled the physics of momentum and was first accomplished by JP Walker. Now the pretzel is used to define any sort of rotate in rotate out in the opposite direction, frontside180 in cab 180 out, tailslide backside 270 out and the very popular as of late backside 180 in switch backside 180 or 360 out.
Bring back: Similar to the pretzel, but spawned from a 270 in. Louif Paradis is probably the king of this move with his flawless bs and hardway bs 270 in bring backs. Mike Ravelson has a decent one here for you.
Re-direct: Gap into a wall either off a jump, rail or anything really. As long as this wall forces you to “re-direct” the direction you were previously going.
Close out: When the end of a rail comes to a 90 degree angle. The close out shows you are either good enough to not early out, or dumb enough to want to try and break your legs, arms, face, or teeth.
First!: The word used by the lucky soul who happened to find a new video, article, or post on a website. Instead of using the opportunity to set the tone of the comments he or she simply states “First!” so as to claim their internet power.