Melon Grab

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GRABS

How to grab Melon

A Melon grab is where the front hand grabs the heel edge between the feet. The board is kept flat. This grab is often a lot easier than trying to grab the toe edge. It will also help create a more balanced posture in the air due to its compact nature and acts as a key component towards dialling Method grabs.

Approach

Start directly behind the kicker at a point that will enable you to safely land on the table top or just over the knuckle. Re-create a funnel shape with your turns with a focus towards riding straight up the centre of the kicker.

Takeoff

Aim to be flat base as you travel up the kicker with your upper body aligned with the board. You have the option of maintaining that flat base or transferring the pressure slightly to your toes as you initiate a pop or ollie.

An ollie will often float more easily into the grab than a pop. You can ride up the kicker slightly lower than normal to reduce the travel distance for the grab.

Trick

Grab the heel edge between the bindings with your font hand keeping the board flat.

Goofy Trick

Regular Trick

Landing

Be ready to absorb the landing with a focus towards a soft landing on the toe edge to enable control and then feather the board to flat if required absorbing more through your legs than your back. Ride away straight for a short while before speed checking to create a more fluid looking straight air.

Key Check Points

  1. Prepare for the grab by riding in slightly lower than normal
  2. Pop or ollie to assist in bringing the board up for the grab
  3. Don’t absorb into the grab on the lip of the kicker.
  4. Pop or ollie and then grab.

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