quinta-feira, 16 de outubro de 2008

The snowboard dictionary: top 40

Assim como os surfistas, skatistas, tenistas, entre outras tribos esportivas, o snowboard também tem suas gírias, e não são poucas. Aqui seguem as quarenta palavras mais usadas entre os snowboarders americanos, para você começar a aprender!

The section of a halfpipe that slopes up from the flat bottom, propelling the rider into the air. The 2002 Olympic halfpipe
had 15’ high walls.

Flat bottom
The space in the half-pipe between the two walls.

The section of a halfpipe where it “transitions” from the flat bottom to the vertical wall. Transitions are measured as the radius of a large imaginary circle.

The upper edge of the halfpipe where the wall ends.

The flat area on either side of the halfpipe where people hike back up the pipe or stand and watch.

Dropping or Dropping In
To start a run inside the halfpipe, you first “drop in.”

Each time a rider goes into the air and performs a trick, it is called a hit.

Straight Air
When a rider goes into the air and pivots 180 degrees to re-enter the pipe, but does not spin around and around while in the air.

A trick whereby a rider goes into the air and grabs the snowboard. Each grab has a different name that depends on where and with which hand the snowboard is grabbed. Some common grab names are: method, lien, stalefish, melancholy, indy, mute, tail, nose, etc.

Spin or rotation
When a rider goes into the air and spins 360 or more degrees before coming back down into the pipe.

3, 5, 7, 9, 1080
Spins are measured in degrees, but sometimes these are shortened to just the first digit. Hence, a 360 degree spin will sometimes be called a “three”, likewise with a “five” (540), “seven” (720) and “nine” (900). The 1080 (pronounced ten-eighty) is such a big trick, it is referred to in full.

Cab or switch or fakie
All riders prefer to have a specific foot in front, like being right- or left-handed. When the opposite foot is in front from the rider’s natural preference, it is called switch, fakie or Cab; e.g., a Cab 900 is a trick where a rider spins 900 degrees while in the air and takes off with the unnatural foot in the lead.

One of the most common inverted tricks in the halfpipe, a McTwist is basically an inverted 540 or a backflip with a
twist. Other inverted tricks are: cripplers, Kasseroles, and Haakonflips.

Outros termos
Sketch or sketchy
Being slightly off balance or out of control, but not necessarily falling down.

Bullet Proof
When the conditions are icy and hard. À prova de bala.

A big jump where you need lots of speed and you get launch into the air.

This is a type of snow with uneven surface and lumps of soft powder-like snow and slippery patches.

To be able to do a trick perfectly time after time. Por exemplo: This guy is dialed, man!

Riding a board backwards.

A big jump where you have to go off the front side and can land only on one side.

Backflip with a spin.

Sweet, good. Em bom carioquês: maneiro.

A term used to describe crashing or falling.

A term used to describe something that is not good.

The act of hitting a no-snow object with the snowboard (e.g., a tail bonk could be hitting a chair-lift with the tail of your board.

Used interchangeably with the verb “to do” only with more emphasis. Você pode falar, “He busted a… (manobra)”

When a snowcat freshly grooms a trail, leaves a finely ridged surface. Corduroy is typically good. A tradução literal é veludo.

A term used to describe a crash or fall. For example, “He fell off the lift and cratered into a snow bank.”

A term used to describe riding badly and out of control.

Grommet (Grom)
Another name for a small, young snowboarding devotee.

One who throws him/herself wildly through the air and does not land on his/her feet. Brasileiros geralmente são chamados de huckers por não terem medo de se arrebetarem na montanha, mas acaba acontecendo. Cuidado!

Roast Beef Air
After launching off the halfpipe, the rear hand reaches between the legs and grabs the board.

Rolling down the windows
A phrase used to describe when someone is caught off balance, and they wave their arms.

Someone that is all styled up to ride. O snowboarder fashionista, geralmente todo vestido de Burton.

Rat packing
Riding in a big group of friends.

Broken off
Someone that fell and hurt themselves.

Yard sale
When an individual crashes and everything that could come off the person does. i.e. hat, goggles, cell phone, etc.

A Skier.

When referenced to a snowboarder: Exceptionally good
When referenced to a terrain feature or area: Crazy scary
This trail is gnarly, dude!

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