In the freestyle discipline , the snowboarder expresses his creativity. The word freestyle translates as "free style" . This originally means that everyone can drive however they want. Since freestyle snowboarding is already a professional discipline, the structure of the jumps is subject to several criteria for assessment. In professional competitions, the form, jump (turns, maneuvers, grabs) and landing in the foreground are scored with points.
In freestyle there are the disciplines straight jump (big air), halfpipe, quarterpipe and slopestyle .
Straight jump / big air
A straight jump (also called big air) is a large jump over which the individual riders jump and try to do the most difficult tricks possible. This is assessed by judges in the categories of style, difficulty, level of the trick and landing. One example of this type of event is the Air & Style Contest.
As with skateboarding , it is considered a master discipline in freestyle. In the halfpipe , the drivers try to do as many tricks as possible in one run. The judges evaluate the difficulty of the tricks, the type of execution, the style and the order in which the tricks are done. Halfpipe is since the Winter Olympics in 1998 in Nagano an Olympic event. In the halfpipe you are exposed to the highest risk of injury.
In contrast to the halfpipe, the quarterpipe only consists of one side and can therefore only be approached once. You can imagine the shape like a jump, only that its end protrudes at an angle of 90 °. After the jump, the driver ends up on the same level again. Quarterpipe contests have become more and more popular in recent years; the biggest event in this discipline is probably the Arctic Challenge , which is held annually in Norway .
A slopestyle course can be compared to a skate park . There are jumps and rails in various variations. The course is set up in such a way that the drivers have many options for combining the individual elements. In a competition, attention is paid to how the driver uses the individual elements (creativity), which tricks he does and how he performs them.