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Top 10 Unusual Snowboarding Terms for Beginners
If you're just starting out snowboarding, you might be confused about the meaning of the words you'll hear out on the slopes. Here is a guide to ten unusual snowboarding terms with examples of how they can be used.
This is to crash or fall. "I totally biffed during that maneuver."
This is using a snowboard to make contact with a non-snow surface to add style to a jump or trick. "Dude, did you see the way I jibbed that rock?"
This is riding the board backwards. "He rode down fakie and only made it ten feet!"
This is one of the first tricks you'll learn as a snowboarder. It means to jump by your own effort by using the tail of your board as a spring. "I had to ollie over the fallen branch."
This is the opposite of ollie-ing. Here, you use the nose of the snowboard to spring it off the ground and into the air. "I found it more difficult to nollie on a snowboard than to ollie on one."
This means to ride down the slope with your weaker foot at the front of the board. "Riding switch made me a stronger rider because it tested my balance."
Why do people keep calling you goofy? It's not because they think you're silly! It's all about your stance. If you ride with your right foot leading, you ride goofy. If you ride with your left foot leading, you ride regular. Remember, when someone says, "She rides goofy," it's not an insult!
This is a slang term for "style" and "ease." When a rider does something with style and ease, you could say, "Dude, that was some steezy trick!"
Pow, or pow pow, is short for powder. It's fresh, untouched snow that's great for snowboarding. "We're getting some fresh pow overnight!"
You'll get called a gaper if you stand around too long. These are people who appear to be tourists and "gape" at their surroundings. "Hey, gaper! Why don't you get out there and ride?"
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