In this video I'm going to show you how you can train for boardslides and lipslides off the snow. To help me train I'm using a half foam roller. Boardslides and lipslides can be done frontside or backside and on a variety of different features in the park, from fun boxes, to kinked rails. By training these tricks off the snow you'll learn the movements to get your board on completely sideways and improve your balance to stay on the feature until the end.
The first skill to focus on is the twisting motion, which gets your board on completely sideways. For the twist you turn your upper and lower body in opposite directions. A trick to help you twist is to reach your back hand and back foot away from each other. Or you can reach your front hand and front foot away from each other too. By twisting you not only get your board sideways, but you set yourself up to untwist and ride out straight. Practice twisting on front boardslide, front lipslide, back boardslide and back lipslide.
The second skill to focus on is balance, which will help keep you on the feature until the end. To keep your board level, make sure your body is centered over the feature. The most common mistake people make when trying their first boardslide is leaning too far back and sliding out onto their butt. Practice landing with your board flat, by keeping your knees bent and back fairly straight. You can tell if your landing flat if you don't see an imprint from your edge on the foam roller. Training off snow will improve your balance without the fear of falling.
By training and repeating these movement you'll build muscle memory and confidence that's needed to nail these tricks on the snow. Connect with me on Instagram if you want to share any photos or video of your training progress. Check out the snowboard training playlist for more videos that will help prepare you for the mountain. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.