If you’re still thinking: “yeah, but I’m hitting the rail/box straight on, I’m not getting on from the side” – just imagine a rail like the following, where it’s designed to ollie on from the side: The same terminology can be used for the 50-50. Get comfortable with these terms, because they are used to describe the majority of tricks in skateboarding. When turning, backside is analogous to a toeedge turn, and frontside is analogous to a heeledge turn. To carry out a frontside boardslide, a regular-stance skater will rotate slightly clockwise before sliding, facing away from the direction of travel. If the obstacle is behind you, the trick is backside. Well it’s exactly the same on a snowboard – it’s based on the part of your body that faces the rail on approach, just before you get on the rail, while the board is still parallel with the rail. For many, the more natural way to turn is frontside. To be clear, when someone says “boardslide” – as far as the trick terminology goes, they’re actually referring to a “backside boardslide”. Skaters more comfortable with frontside turns usually find backside boardslides and frontside lipslides easier to learn, but that’s likely because they are facing where they are going. Figure out whether the pro turned frontside or backside to do the trick, and see how those relationships are sometimes the same and sometimes opposites. This article is part of the afterbang Guide to Snowboard Tricks. Sometimes choosing the right term is straightforward. The only exception to this rule is fakie as there is an implied 180 degree rotation already completed causing the expression to be reversed.. Grabbing the edge of the board in front of you equates to a frontside grab, while grabbing behind you is a backside grab. But if these terms are new to you, the whole thing can seem quite confusing! Take the backside boardside. It's so easy. Conversely, a skater doing a backside rotation/trick is rotating clockwise. If it is behind us, we are approaching the obstacle backside. Wherever you are now, try going through the motion of a frontside spin: A backside spin is simply the opposite, but you can still try one; it will help you quickly recognise a spin when you see other riders pulling tricks: Once you’ve worked that out in your head, you should be able to (a) understand what spin you’re trying to do, or want to do, and (b) be able to spot what tricks other riders are doing, even though some of them will be riding regular, and some of them will be riding goofy. Few terms in skateboarding cause as much confusion to the newly initiated as backside and frontside. Sooner or later, it will all make perfect sense. The Frontside 180 is the first spin to learn for sure. The same is true for skateboarding. Frontside and backside are surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and aggressive inline skating terms that are used to describe how a person approaches an obstacle or performs a certain trick. If you’re still confused about the distinction between frontside and backside, just remember this: Unless you’re talking about turns, the correct term to use depends on where things are in relation to you. If the rider is spinning it will indicate which side of the rider is first to face in the direction of travel. With rails and boxes, the frontside/backside tag does not come from the spin that you used to get on the box. The 10,000-Hour Rule: How Long Does it Take to Get Good At Snowboarding? Snowboarding Helmet – Should You Wear One? For example, a rider in the "goofy" stance (right foot leading) does a frontside 180 when he/she rotates 180 degrees clockwise. Neither is inherently more difficult, though. This can be many things, rail, pipe wall, or slope/implied slope. That’s a backside boardslide. Frontside and backside are the terms we use to describe the direction a skateboarder turns during a trick. When it comes to direction, it does not matter if a skater is goofy- or regular-footed. How to find the best powder spots in ski resorts, Stand up in your snowboarding stance, facing forward/downhill, so that you’re looking over your leading shoulder, Keeping your feet on the floor, turn your head more, to look over and past your leading shoulder, then let your shoulders turn in the same direction, Notice how the front side of your body, your chest, is turning to face the direction that is downhill, as the spin starts, Get back into in your snowboard stance, head turned to face forward/downhill, Keeping your feet on the floor, turn your head as if you were looking back up the hill, in the direction of your trailing shoulder. Most skaters find turning to one side or the other more comfortable. It’s only natural, as frontside turns have you facing where you’re going. Doesn't matter which grab you do. What the difference between backside and frontside? Frontside and backside are terms that describe completely different actions in skateboarding. But if these terms are new to you, the whole thing can seem quite confusing! The terms frontside and backside are also used to describe which way skateboarders turn when they do tricks. So it’s: frontside boardslide vs. (backside) boardslide. It’s just common to drop the “backside” part. If it’s behind you, the trick is backside.