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Snowboarding Tricks - 50/50 Grinds

In its simplest form, Grinding is riding on things other than snow such as Snowboarding Rails, ramps, and boxes. There are a lot of tricks and moves that can be done on rails. The most fundamental one is the 50/50 Grind. It is also the easiest grind to learn. Just take note that you should be comfortable doing Ollies before trying this grind. In this section, learn how to perform a 50/50 Grind. Follow the steps below and use our animation as your guide.

STEP 1: Look for a good place to grind. Find a Snowboarding Rail that is not too high so you will be able to execute an Ollie with ease.

STEP 2: Approach is very crucial in doing a 50/50 Grind, as this will ensure that your board will stay flat and straight while on the rail. Ride down the rail, keeping speed under control.

STEP 3: Have a good take-off so you will stay balanced and in control. Crouch slightly and make a small Ollie to reach the rail, with your board completely on its surface.

STEP 4: Simply grind like you would if you are just on snow. Keep your board parallel to the Snowboarding Rail. Maintain your balance and just go with the grind.

STEP 5: To get off, make a small 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.

It takes some practice and patience to be able to do 50/50 Grinds with ease. Make sure to brush up on your Ollies first to minimize the problems that you may encounter as you perform moves on Snowboarding Rails.

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Tuesday 8th September 2009 at 11:45:20 PM  

I think one of the most important things, which isnt mentioned here, is to be sure not to hold any edge once you hit the rail or box. You will end up slipping off and potentially hurting yourself. Your board should be flat, even if you''re drifting off sideways you are better just to ride it out.

Monday 4th January 2010 at 12:05:18 PM  

i love that "have perfect timing" is given as an instruction.... if i just "had" it, what would i be learning here exactly? so how do you know how to time your exit ollie? how do you know if it''s too early or too late?

(haven''t tried yet, so i can''t comment on my experience, but i''d like to know what to expect when i do go try these out for myself, seeing as i will likely be alone)

Thursday 7th January 2010 at 10:27:43 PM  

One thing i was taught that helps me ride the whole rail instead of slipping off midway, is to focus on the end of the rail, as oppose to looking straight down at it

Monday 1st March 2010 at 7:32:29 PM  

I have tried this but I cant land it quite land it as well as i would hope!! Any suggestions?

Thursday 1st April 2010 at 1:41:24 PM  

id say that the most important thing here is focus and balance.
No balance, you slip off.
No focus, you risk not getting to the end.

Sunday 6th June 2010 at 5:32:31 PM  

Try putting a little more weight on your front foot, it helped me when i was starting off

Wednesday 24th November 2010 at 4:14:37 PM  

try wide boxes first to experience the slide first. than work on keeping direction on rails afterwards

Sunday 13th February 2011 at 10:49:42 AM  

yeah the first time i did this i landed crooked and nailed my head

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Thursday 21st April 2011 at 9:46:10 PM  

The next step from this grind would be to do a nose or tail press on the rail.

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Tricks Overview

These are all the Snowboarding Tricks covered in our Tricks Section:

1: Ollies
2: Wheelies
3: Butters
4: Air to Fakie
5: Nose and Tail Rolls
6: 50/50 Grinds
7: Rock-n-Roll Grinds
8: 180 Grinds
9: Five-O Grinds
10: Alley Oops
11: Backside 720