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How To 50/50 – Snowboard Addiction

Snowboard Addiction has another Awesome tutorial this time on how to 50 50. Coming in two formats, Regular and Goofy it is perfect for anyone wanting to learn the trick.

How to 50/50 on a Snowboard – Goofy

How to 50/50 on a Snowboard – Regular

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This tutorial on 50-50’s on a snowboard covers everything from the basics of riding on a rail to ollieing on frontside and backside to rail. Also as an added bonus it contains during 180s off the end of the rail. He most important aspect of riding rails is your body position whilst on it check out this picture below.Snowboard StanceSnowboard Stance

As you can see they are bent at knees and their back is up straight. There wait is central over the board and the head is up looking forwards. Try not to look down at the rail. It is important for 50-50’s to keep your whole body in line with the board, this will help keep your board straight on the rail, and to balance on the rail. This position is the foundation for all other tricks and a snowboard and if you master this everything will come much easier.

So to start off you can practice by riding on a flat base on the snow using no edge at all. This will be what it feels like on the rail or box. Practice this plenty of time in a gentle slope to get a feel for the board with your solid riding position.

The next step is target practice. Draw a box in the snow and ride over it with your solid riding position, imagine this is a real box and try to stay in the centre of it. This is exactly how it will feel on the real box. The other thing you can do to make it slightly harder is to grab a small sign post from the side of the piste and have a go riding over that (remember to put it back else you could be in trouble!). Now keep doing these target practice exercises until you can confidently say the claimant make it to the end of the box every time.

Now you ready for the Park, you need to find the safest box in there. This will be a wide, low to the ground, ride on box. Now find a spot a few metres up from the box that you can ride in at a nice slow speed without doing any speed checks. Now ride onto the box using your solid stance remember to keep your knees bent and use no edge. Once you are completely off the box regain control and come to a stop. You should now be stoked have another go and keep nailing it.

Now you can advance on to thinner and longer boxes. These will require slightly better target practice. A top tip is to keep looking at the end of the box or beyond the end of the box, this will help you get to the end every time.

Another thing to consider is the angle of the box, you must keep your solid stance no matter the angle. So to move onto down boxes or kinked boxes then you need to change your body position accordingly.

Snowboard Rail Stance

Curved boxes and rainbow boxes are again slightly harder because your body position need to be constantly changing so that it stays at 90° to the feature. Once you master this body position on loads of boxes then everything is easy.

As you progress and nail all these easier features you will probably want to have a go at some harder ones. These may require you to Ollie onto the rail of box.

A frontside 50-50 is where you Ollie on to the rail with it in front of you. A backside 50-50 is where you Ollie onto the rail with it behind you. Frontside 50-50’s are generally easier to learn. To help learn these you can go back to the signpost on the snow here you can Ollie on frontside or backside at a nice slow speed. The video is the best place to learn how to do these so highly recommend you have a good look at the videos on this page to learn more and to advance on to doing 180’s off the end of the rail to look supercool.

So top tips:

  • First should nail your stance, weight over your board, knees bent and your whole body in line with the board.
  • Do some target practice.
  • Start on a short, wide box.
  • Keep practising.

So hopefully you will nail this trick in no time, when you do be sure to come back and let us know!

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Cab 180 to 50-50

This is Will Radula Scott with the Cab 180 to 50-50 on a rail.

Here’s some tips:

Top Tips

1) Ride in switch

2) Pop frontside 180(HalfCab 180) onto the rail.

3) Land straight on rail, looking at the end of it to help keep on it

4) Ride off 🙂

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BS 180 on switch 50-50, Switch FS 360 out

Here is Tom ‘Smithy’ Smith with the “BS 180 on switch 50-50, Switch FS 360” Trick Tip from Hemel Hamstead.

Sounds like a complex trick but Smithy makes it seam easy.

Top Tips

1) Ride parallel to the rail slightly on your toes.

2) Pop a backside 180 looking back at the top of the rail

3) Keep legs inline with the rail

4) Bring shoulders round starting the pre rotation for the 3 out

5) Bring the board round, land flat and ride away feeling great!


Don’t shin yourself! it hurts…

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Snowboard Addiction – Frontside Boardslide

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Possibly the best Tutorial around, here is Snowboard Addiction with how to do the frontside boardslide.

Top Tips

  • Start on small ride on boxes
  • Counter rotate with your shoulders and arms
  • Start by going from a 50-50 into a boardslide
  • Then pop into the Front board
  • Always look to the end of the rail to help stay on
  • Keep a flat base

Go and learn one of the coolest tricks in snowboarding!

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Backside Boardslide

The backside boardslide (often shortened to just a ‘boardslide’) is the next step. Sliding down a rail with your board lengthways is fairly easy as the main focus is on keeping straight. With the boardslide however, you need to turn 90 degrees off the lip and land with your weight evenly balanced so as to not catch your edges: no mean feat. As with many rail tricks, the key is to visualise yourself doing it first – fully committed – then to really go for it.

Top Tips

1) Approach slightly faster than normal.
2) Pop 90 degrees onto the rail getting on top of your board
3) Place your back foot on the stomp pad or against the back binding in the centre of the board.
4) Keep the board flat and let the lift pull up, once you have done the first 5 meters its easy, just keep looking ahead and concentrating.
5) Once at the top just release the bar and slide away!

Don’t lean to far back.