[Really Small] Spine Transfer

A week ago while skating at Redcar, Mike got it in his head that he wanted to learn how to transfer over the spine on the mini ramp. We talked about maybe going for a “rock over” style manouver, hooking the front wheels over first followed by the back wheels; we also talked about trying to go into a tailstall and then dropping in the other side. However, Mike had the bit between his teeth and he wanted to air it, with a grab…

Of course, we’re talking about one of the smallest mini ramps around, which makes for a really small spine and therefore a small tranfer. But let me tell you, the first time you try it, it aint easy!

We opted for the basic indy grab. Our intention was to get it dialed on this ramp and then take it to the slightly larger spine – but a few attempts on that ramp at the end of the night showed quickly that it was going to be a different story.

I don’t want to belittle our achievement but I don’t want to big it up either. It’s fair to say though that we were pretty damn pleased when we started landing this thing! Just take it for what it is – learning to do something new 🙂 The song, “The Only Living Boy In New York” by Simon & Garfunkel has a “nothing to serious” feel to it, which I think kinda fits.

Actually, I’ve got this song on the soundtrack to the film Garden State. It’s a little off track when compared with the type of music I normally associate with snowboarding – but it’s good. Also, by some strange coincidence I bought this CD just before I watched DC Mountain Lab for the first time: they both have the song “Let Go” by Frou Frou…


  • Reply April 13, 2010


    Man, that’s really cool. I love the way you’re showing all of the failures building up to you nailing it. I feel like I’m there with you! Sweet! 🙂

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    Thanks mate I’m glad you like it. “Feel like you’re there?” Maybe you should be! Even if you don’t skate the trips to redcar are always fun…

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    Thanks Hesh, its been a long time since I was near a ramp, but all that might change as they’ve just put up a new mini-ramp about a mile from my house. Nice

  • Reply April 13, 2010


    Just a tip…I find it a lot easier if you don’t early grab over it, but grab the indy right after you launch. But maybe early grabs are easier on a smaller ramp? Nice video, good job learning them. They’re super fun.

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