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 on a straight air.

Aim to be flat base as you travel up the kicker with your upper body aligned with the board as you ride up the kicker.

Takeoff

Start from a low, flexed position with your front hand ready by your front knee for the grab.

You can maintain a flat base or transfer the pressure slightly to your toes as you initiate a pop or ollie at the lip of the kicker.

Trick

An ollie will create a more fluid movement and make the grab easier. You grab between your bindings with your front hand, keeping the board as flat as possible. Bring your knees up to your chest to make your body compact and keep your shoulders inline with the board.

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 ease 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 look more fluid and stylish.

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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