The origins of modern snowboarding can be traced back to the 1920s when people would tie wooden or plastic barrels to their feet in order to propel themselves downhill. This winter sport involves riders falling down a slope while standing on a board attached to their feet using a special boot. Whether you’re just trying to improve your skills or if you’re a seasoned pro, learning to snowboard is a fantastic way to experience the beauty of winter. The term freestyle refers to all types of riding that involve performing tricks.

While it’s easier to perform a tail press, learning how to do a nose press is significantly more challenging since it involves shifting your weight forward while balancing on the nose of the board. A simple tail press consists of shifting your weight towards the back of the board enough to lift the front off the ground while the back continues to touch the ground. This may be a simple trick, but if you don’t have the proper experience or confidence on a snowboard, it may be difficult to grasp at first. A tail press can be performed on the ground or, after some practice, on an object that allows you to ollie first, then land with a tail press. Completing a nose press is more complex than a tail press and requires more experience to perform successfully.

Much like a tail press, a nose press involves lifting one end of the board up while the other stays grounded. Instead of lifting the front and staying balanced on the back, you want to shift your weight over the front of the nose of the board and lift the back. A successful nose press creates a gap between the back of the board and the ground. This can be very intimidating since it is counter-intuitive to maintain balance on the board while leaning forward. Completing a press trick on a snowboard may be a rudimentary trick that doesn’t involve much, but understanding the mechanics of just how it’s done will open the door to more complicated and fast-paced tricks.