How To Do Handplants Lesson with Snowboard Addiction – Review

Snowboard Addiction make instructional videos for freestyle snowboarding. Their Freestyle Program is excellent. They continue to add new material, or new “lessons”, each of which are added to the overall freestyle program. In this case, they’ve just released a video teaching you how to do handplants…

It’s a good fit to their program and follows on nicely from the Riding Halfpipe Lessonread the review here. So, what’s the handplant lesson like?…

Handplants lesson review

It’s a short, 7 minute presentation that seems to give you just what you need to progress towards doing handplants. I can’t do handplants; they’re something I’ve wanted to have a go at, but have never known how to work up to tyring one. I really like this video because I think it gives me the steps to work on them.

Before you can do handplants, you should be comfortable doing 180s and straight airs, off most park jumps, and be able to do frontside airs and backside airs out of the halfpipe and the quarterpipe…

 

Practical steps. One of the great things about the SA lessons is that they provide practicel steps/exercises that you can do to learn the trick. In this case, they show the squirt – which you’ll see a little of in the preview below.

It looks like an awesome way to practice – because you can start out on the flat ground. What’s more, it’s static to begin with, then you can make it more dynamic, and then move from “two-handed” to “one-handed”. Even try putting a grab in. Great stuff.

They then lead on to cover things like: how much speed to take, how to progress to working on a transition, and how frontside handplants differ from backside.

They really break it down well – and as usual with SA, you can get the video in either Regular or Goofy. Check out the preview of the lesson:

Handplants Outline from SnowboardAddiction.com on Vimeo.

How to get it? At the moment, you can’t buy this lesson individually – it’s available in their subscription program – which is where all of their new material goes when they release it, like the Riding Powder Lesson.

9 Comments

  • Reply September 6, 2011

    dewei

    As always, a clear stepwise approach that makes it look easy …easy enough to make you want to give it a try!

    I’ve never ridden or even seen a half-pipe but I can’t wait for the opportunity!

    Actually, there is a small quarter-pipe at Tamworth. I’ve had a few straight runs up (wow what a buzz.!) before allowing myself to slide down in switch (not got the descent quite right yet). Hmmmmm I think there will be lots of falls coming before any handplant.

    BTW, I like the new fresh upgrade to the site and better pics. But I miss the other lists on the right hand side inc. recent comments.

  • Reply September 6, 2011

    Gavin

    Hey dewei,

    yeah it’s good isn’t it ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve ridden a bit of halfpipe, but never tried a handplant. I’ve tried one on a little transition at the side of the slope, but had no clue what to do. At least now I’ve got a few things to try!

    Glad you like the site update. I’m trying to keep things clean in the sidebar, make it easy for new readers to find stuff that interests them. Still in the process of working out what’s good to put where. Gradually removing the adverts and stuff.

    Have you checked out the new Guide to Riding Powder? I’m working on another one in the background – The Intermediate’s Improvement Guide. At the rate you’re going you may have passed that before I’ve got it done! Keep shredding!

    Gavin

  • Reply September 7, 2011

    dewei

    I am looking forward to the ‘The Intermediateโ€™s Improvement Guide’. Going from beginner to intermediate is the easy bit! ‘Intermediate’ is this vast category where the average punter like me get bogged down and lost. After the initial euphoria of a beginner’s rapid improvement, I know I need to work harder for smaller gains. Doesn’t matter though so long snowboarding remains fun!

    ‘Guide to Riding Powder’
    I haven’t checked yet. Is it new? There is no pow in the local fridge! I’ve only ever been in shallow powder on piste on skis. We have a family holiday in Les Arcs in early January. Will ESF bring me to deep backcountry deep pow? I doubt it.

  • Reply September 8, 2011

    Gavin

    Yeah the “Ride More Powder” guide is new. A collection of articles that I have written over the last year or so, plus some new stuff. It’s all about the “holiday snowboarder” or “weekend warrior” getting more fresh lines.

    The Intermediate’s Improvement Guide is something I’ve been wanting to collate for a while now. In a nutshell – it’s “keep setting yourself goals to improve”. Once you get to linking good turns and blasting around the place, it’s easy to stop thinking about technique and things to work on/practice on. So there are a bunch of ideas to keep snowboarders learning new stuff and getting better…

    Like you said – no pow in the fridge ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although I have ridden powder during an ESF lesson, though it wasn’t backcountry – just around the runs in the resort. If there’s fresh snow, they’ll probably take you to some ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply September 20, 2011

    dewei

    One tiny step towards a handplant. I can now do BS 180 turns on the quarter pipe. The next step (getting air) is scary especially in that narrow space in the quarterpipe at Tam.

  • Reply September 20, 2011

    dewei

    That last sentence in my entry above should read “The next steps of getting big air and going higher than the lip are scary especially in that narrow space in the quarterpipe at Tam.”

  • Reply September 22, 2011

    Gavin

    Nice work dewei! Are we to expect a little video when you drop your first handplant? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply September 23, 2011

    dewei

    You are welcome to have the videos of all the faceplants preceding the eventual handplant as well ๐Ÿ˜‰ !
    (How can you insert emoticons?)

  • Reply September 23, 2011

    Gavin

    I think wordpress just converts the common ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

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