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12 snowboarding terms you need to know

12 snowboarding terms

Snowboarding made its first appearance at the Winter Olympics in 1998, after over 30 years of growing interest as a competitive sport. It has inherited both athletic and linguistic elements from its older cousins on land, sea, and snow—skateboarding, surfing, and skiing, respectively. Here are 12 words you need to know:

1. big air (n.)

A high jump off the ground.

2. deck (n.)

The flat part of a snowboard.

3. fakie (n.)

A movement in which the snowboard is ridden backwards.

4. half-pipe (n.)

A channel cut into the snow with a U-shaped cross section, used by snowboarders to perform jumps and other manoeuvres.

5. hand plant (n.)

A jump or other manoeuvre involving the use of a hand to push away from a surface.

6. nollie (n.)

A jump performed without the aid of a take-off ramp, executed by pressing the foot down on the nose of the snowboard.

7. ollie (n.)

A jump performed without the aid of a take-off ramp, executed by pressing the foot down on the tail of the snowboard to rebound the deck off the ground.

8. piste (n.)

A ski or snowboarding run of compacted snow.

9. slide (n.)

A manoeuvre in which the board slides along an obstacle such as a rail or the edge of a ramp.

10. stack (v.)

To fall over.

11. terrain park (n.)

A specially designed outdoor area for snowboarding, containing a variety of ramps, jumps, etc.

12. vert (n.)

A vertical or very steeply sloping part of a ramp, used by snowboarders to perform jumps and other manoeuvres.

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