How To Use A Trampoline To Improve Your Snowboarding

I’ve put together a video showing my first usage of a trampoline, to improve my snowboarding.

If the concept of using a trampoline to help your snowboarding is new to you, then here’s the idea. Bouncing around on a trampoline, whilst strapped onto a snowboard, gives you a lot of goes at grabbing your snowboard while in the air; a lot of practice. And that’s a lot of practice where you don’t need to think about the jumping part. Well, that’s the theory anyway…

For myself, I’m most interested in the nose grab, and along with it, the tail grab. I’ve been snowboarding for a while now, and whilst grabbing indy, mute, melon and occasionally stale-fish are within my reach (haha), I’ve always found the nose grab impossible. Literally, I’ve never achieved a nose grab snowboarding. Ever.

Some people seem to find the nose grab easy. I want it. I recently had a technique presented to me in the Snowboard Addiction freestyle tutorials: to first practice boning your back leg down, without attempting the grab. Get comfortable at that and then try for the grab. Being really keen to try this out, I wanted to put the trampoline to the test: use this approach on the trampoline – and then try it on snow.

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A few quick points about the video:

  • The video starts showing my first bounces. I was unsure how it was going to turn out, would it be useful, would it be hard, would it be safe etc? So I really wanted to show what it was like the first time.
  • The video was accidentally filmed without auto-focus, so I’m sorry if it’s blurry at times. I would have done it again, but like I said, I wanted it to be a true reflection of my first go.
  • Whilst I do advise using tape on your board edges to protect the trampoline – it’s been a hassle getting the tape off my board. I used cheap tape, which might have contributed to this.
  • The video concentrates heavily on my desire to learn nose-grabs. Depending on your current ability, I’d say the trampoline can be useful for all kinds of things. Basic grabs, rotations, trying regular rotation and counter-rotation, shifties, etc.
  • Be safe. Start small, be controlled, and, be prepared to get tired, it’s hard work!

As always, feedback and questions are welcome. Enjoy…

12 Comments

  • Reply June 26, 2010

    Mike

    One interesting thing I noticed while watching the video is the difference in body positions between being on the trampoline and being on the hill.

    The natural way to bounce with the board on the trampoline is to stand square with the board and look forwards, rather than how you would twist to the front of the board when hitting a kicker. I was wondering if it is actually easier to bone your leg out on the trampoline. Perhaps on you next attempts you could try taking a more natural riding stance to see if the nose grabs come as easily.

    Great post!

  • Reply June 26, 2010

    Gavin

    Yeah you’re probably right about the body position being a little different, and, I’d say it’s mainly the head. I’m not sure this would necessarily make it easier to bone your leg out?

    Whether it is or not, it’s always a good idea to simulate the position you’d be in on the hill – I’ll defo keep this in mind next time I’m on the trampoline.

    Cheers

  • Reply July 6, 2010

    trampoline

    You can have a freestyle board on conceive for your trampoline on this site http://www.france-trampoline.com

  • Reply September 2, 2010

    Trampolines

    If you were to buy a 14ft trampolines with a safety enclosure, persumably you could just practice freely?

  • Reply November 17, 2010

    Trampolines Australia

    It looks interesting, but I wonder if they are same experience between real snow and trampoline. Anyway thanks for your sharing.

    Trampolines Australia

  • Reply November 17, 2010

    Gavin

    There are differences for sure… mostly because you’re not ollie’ing on the trampoline, so the feeling you get when you “get air” is different to being on the snow. I’m sure it still helps though, cheers, Gavin

  • Reply November 22, 2010

    Mac Cunningham

    You have to learn how to pop and tweak your body to get any grab, this is especially important with noes and tail. And the more you week your grabs the better the style.

  • Reply November 22, 2010

    Gavin

    Hey Mac,

    yeah I definitely agree with that, tweaked out grabs look better. I’ve only had a small amount of time to practice this since posting, but the tweak following the pop was starting to work…

    Cheers, Gavin

  • Reply November 23, 2010

    Mac Cunningham

    Yeah it really helps to pop into your grab of jumps especially when your spinning.

  • Reply April 30, 2011

    rowan

    Wow i Just tried it and it was awesome but it was super tiring

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  • Reply July 22, 2011

    Gavin

    Hey Rowan, yeah, all that bouncing around is hard work! Think it’s gonna help with your grabs?

    Cheers, Gavin

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