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Snowboarding Tricks - Rock-n-Roll Grinds

Rock-n-Roll Grind is another trick that you can do on the rail or box. In this maneuver, you need to keep your board across the rail while grinding. Make sure to brush up on your Ollies first as well as your turns before performing this Grind. In this section, learn how to execute a Rock-n-Roll Grind. Use the animation as your guide.

STEP 1: It is essential to note that approach and timing are very important when doing a Rock-n-Roll Grind. Ride towards the rail, with speed under control.

STEP 2: Have a good take-off so you will stay balanced and in control. Make an Ollie to reach the rail's surface.

STEP 3: Move your board in such a way that it will be perpendicular to the rail. In order to maintain balance, make sure that the middle of the board is on the surface, while the nose and tail are on either side.

STEP 4: Simply grind like you would if you are just on snow. Keep your board across the rail. Stay balanced and just go with the grind.

STEP 5: Make another Ollie as you reach the end of the rail. Have perfect timing to avoid an early exit.

STEP 6: Land with both feet and then ride away.

Just like in 50/50 Grinds, make sure to have the right approach, balance and timing in doing Rock-n-Roll Grinds. Keep on practicing until you get comfortable doing it.

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Thursday 22nd February 2007 at 1:46:23 AM  

You should do a feature article on your animator!

Friday 13th July 2007 at 5:39:30 AM  

This makes it look easier than it is...

Keep your weight perpendicular to the surface of the box or rail with your board flat. If you lean back too much you will be on your ass quicker than you can say "impact shorts". Lean forward too much and you'll perform a sick face-plant.

In short, don't use your edges like you would on snow.

Sunday 14th October 2007 at 1:05:29 PM  

like hielan says, it says nothing about to much weight forward and your hi siding and to much weight backwards and your glad you bought them impact shorts.

Thursday 6th December 2007 at 2:16:01 AM  

A rock and roll is a vert trick from skating and requires a skater to roll up over the coping and stall on the base of their board, then re-enter the tranny. This section is describing a backside boardslide and maybe should be edited???

Tuesday 5th February 2008 at 7:53:15 AM  

this animator you have is perfect for helping out beginers with tricks.

Thursday 7th February 2008 at 1:12:47 PM  

Amazing animation job, was really helpful when i was still learning thanks a lot

plzzzz put some new animatinons

Saturday 16th February 2008 at 11:37:42 AM  

Looks easy. Last time I did it it was a horrible accident. went toeside, leaned to far forward, hit my knee on the box, and hit my elbow on the ground. it kinda sounded like whoa, bam, crash, ouch!It was kinda funny>;lol.

Friday 28th November 2008 at 3:37:19 AM  

This is actually a frontside boardslide, I broke my nose learning it so it''s not as easy as it sounds, practice on short rails so if you mess up you wiil hopesully just hit snow.

Sunday 4th January 2009 at 6:15:28 PM  

not as easy as it sounds....i leaned back to

Sunday 4th January 2009 at 6:19:20 PM  

not as easy as it sounds....i leaned back to far and fell on the box.BROKE MY LEG IN THE PROCESS..DONT LEAN BACK!!!!!

Wednesday 25th March 2009 at 4:44:36 PM  


Monday 30th March 2009 at 8:42:11 PM  

Actually, to all you people who think this is a frontside board, it's not. This is a backside board, when you are sliding with your heel edge facing the end of the box. A frontside board would be when your toe edge is facing the end of the box. Just to inform you all...

14 y.o. boarder
Sunday 5th April 2009 at 11:45:36 AM  

this is a frontside boardslide not a rock-n-roll. That is for skateboarding not snowboarding. Backside boardslides are harder than frontside boardslides.

Tuesday 19th May 2009 at 10:17:34 AM  

This is a BACKSIDE's something to do with how you exit. If it were a frontside boardslide you'd slide looking over your shoulder and turn out frontside.

Sunday 7th June 2009 at 12:57:07 PM  

it''s called a BACKSIDE boardslide in snowboarding, cuz he''s facing forward :P

christian h
Friday 28th August 2009 at 12:24:30 AM  

whether a grind/slide is frontside or backside is related to the approach angle, whether your front or back is towards the grinding surface before you start the grind.

Tuesday 15th December 2009 at 6:36:20 PM  

This is actually a frontside lipslide. He approached the rail Frontside (rail in front of rider) and hit it with tail edge swinging counter-clockwise (for regular riders). It''s similar to the backside boardslide but with the approach on the opposite side of the rail. This is not even close to a frontside boardslide except for the approach. People are confusing the tricks with the 180 aerial maneuvers. Any grind trick is considered frontside or backside depending on where the obstacle is in reference (in front of, or behind the behind the rider). That being said, they were the first tricks I learned on a rail but not easy to learn at all. You can, and most assuredly will slip out the first few times. My suggestion is use your own rail with a very slight height to learn the trick (makes bails easier to handle)

response to G
Tuesday 5th January 2010 at 2:16:41 AM  

what if he hit it fakie, then you can fuck your explanation. Im just kidding... you pretty much hit the nail on the head

response to G
Tuesday 5th January 2010 at 2:17:16 AM  

what if he hit it fakie, then you can **** your explanation. Im just kidding... you pretty much hit the nail on the head

Sunday 17th January 2010 at 4:18:26 PM  

It''s backside boardslide. The orgin of this name is from skateboarding where you rarely ollie front of the rail/curb. It depends how you approach obstacle/rail - when you have it behind your back its backside and when you have it in front of your face it''s frontside (it reefers to all jib tricks and all skateboarding grinds/slides boardslides lipslides 50-50s etc.)Remember it finally!

Tuesday 19th January 2010 at 7:44:08 PM  

i haven''t tried the rock and roll grind but i have done normal grinds. a few important things are, DON''T lean back!!! make sure you have enough speed (not fun to stop in the middle of a grind rail, or atleast the ones mad river has)dont try to do an ollie the first time you try a grind (or rock n roll grind).

Thursday 18th February 2010 at 3:24:01 PM  

Nevermind what step 4 says... "Simply grind like you would if you are just on snow." If I turn my board perpendicular to the fall line to face downhill while riding on snow, then I�m going to shift my weight slightly back and lift my toes a bit. If I do the same thing while on a rail, then I�m going to need a new butt bone. DON�T grind as if you were on snow, DO grind as if you�re on a rail� meaning keep your front-to-back weight totally centered. This happens to be the hardest part of learning this trick because you have to re-teach yourself to slide on rails differently that you would slide on snow.

Wednesday 16th June 2010 at 2:52:09 PM  

As Ctrides already said, a Rock''N''Roll is a Skateboarding Trick used in a Half Pipe.
That''s a FS Lipslide. (NOT Boardslide, because you''re turning your Tail over the rail and not your Nose)

Sunday 26th September 2010 at 10:17:10 AM  

hey good animation but this is a boardslide rather than a rock and roll which is a vert trick for skateboarding plus how do u do it goofy??

CJ''s experience
Friday 24th December 2010 at 1:13:35 PM  

The first time I tried this i put to much weight on the back and fell backward hitting my shoulder blade and head on the rail. But I''m a teenager so guess what I wanted to do after that? Yep, tried it again and nailed it. It was an incredible feeling. Amazing animation and awesome steps. Thank You for helping the Beginners explore this amazing sport and incredibly fun experience.

Friday 7th January 2011 at 5:32:43 PM  

This is clearly a Mocha into a Japan Air, with a method tucked in some where in between, as he exits the rail he performs a Emmy and rides away clean.

Monday 14th February 2011 at 4:45:52 AM  

Thanx, nice animation! By the way, how it is you call it slide not grind gals, guess you can see here frontside lipgrind, snowboarding is not skateboarding where you got trucks so these are rather grinds, Emmy...:*

snowboard sizing
Thursday 21st April 2011 at 9:47:13 PM  

You can even bone one leg out in front more, which looks cool on the rail!

Friday 29th July 2011 at 10:29:55 PM  

No, G, the way you described that is in skateboarding... this dude is doing a backside boardslide...if it were frontside his back would be pointing down the rail and he''d be looking over his shoulder

Monday 19th September 2011 at 4:14:37 PM  

Love the argument going on here but im gonna be even more critical and say its a bloody FrontSide LipSlide! Thats how the animation looks anyway.
Oh and as for the FrontSide/BackSide thing.... Its where the Rail/Box is in relation to you when you start the trick. Same terminology applies for Snowboarding and Skateboarding.
Dont belive me??? Try searching it in YouTube and just see which ones are consistent with this explanation. btw some will of course be incorrect.
Hope this helps

Monday 2nd January 2012 at 10:05:16 PM  

not sure if anyone said this (didn''t feel like reading through all of that)
if your edges are sharp,detune them! otherwise you will be more likely to fall forward or backward or face plant.

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5: Nose and Tail Rolls
6: 50/50 Grinds
7: Rock-n-Roll Grinds
8: 180 Grinds
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10: Alley Oops
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