How to Stall aka Rock to Fakie on a snowboard

A stall is a very straight forward trick that you do not need to be very skilled to achieve. It can easily look great and feel awesome with minimal effort.

Starting out with a stall. Even weight between both feet

Starting out with a stall. Even weight between both feet

Once you have the basic balance achieved on a feature as above with even weight between both feet you’ll want to add some extra style. That will involve shifting your weight to you back leg. You can see this below.

Shift your weight to your back leg for extra style

Shift your weight to your back leg for extra style

You can practice this on the snow or at home before you try it on a stall. The key goal is to shift your board under your torso. Draw a line between your feet…

Stage 1 — Draw a line between your feet

Stage 1 — Draw a line between your feet

Pop (even weight jump) your board and push it forwards, so you get your back foot under your belly button and on the line you have in front of you without moving your upper body much.

Stage 2 — Regular Rider — Jump and get your back foot to the line and balance in a press

Stage 2 — Regular Rider — Jump and get your back foot to the line and balance in a press

Stage 2 — Goofy Rider — Jump and get your back foot to the line and balance in a press

Stage 2 — Goofy Rider — Jump and get your back foot to the line and balance in a press

It will be tough to do this movement when travelling as everything will come at you quite quickly. You need to start super slow and not even on the top of the feature so you can get the movement and timing on lock.

Improve your balance and control by trying the movement on something you need to balance upon.

Step up your skills and try to balance on a flat feature — Regular Rider

Step up your skills and try to balance on a flat feature — Regular Rider

Step up your skills and try to balance on a flat feature — Goofy Rider

Step up your skills and try to balance on a flat feature — Goofy Rider

To help focus towards the final goal you need to plan to get your front foot just to the lip of the stall. You then jump and move your back foot to where your foot foot was. You also do not need to try this on a park feature. You can just ride up a bank of snow and have a go. That way you can practice the trick and really dial it in for the park.


James Streater is the head coach and owner of Maverix Snow Ltd, providing year round snowboard instruction, coaching and personal development. He is part of a select group of professionals who hold the worlds highest snowsport qualification ISTD. Follow him on Instagram @maverixsnow