As far as washing out on your tail landing:
It is very easy to leave the lip of the jump with your weight in the backseat, especially if you are sketching even a little as you begin to get air, and is really really bad. Keep your weight centered, and don't be afraid to feel extra pressure on your front leg as it goes up the transition of the jump, this can even give the sensation of having your weight slightly forward.
Honestly those jumps are really small, and you can learn everything that you are trying to accomplish on those jumps, anywhere on the mountain. Side hits, rollers, ollie off the knuckle of bigger jumps, you can easily replicate the "air time" of these beginner jumps.
Not to chastise you for going small, I'm very slow and methodical with my own progression and do not hit big features by any means. The point is simply that all of the "technique" that is explained on the SA videos is going to make ALOT more sense in body feel as you execute it on a larger jump, rather than hitting a jump whose transisition is only 4 feet long. For example, mimicking the approach kinetics explained in the SA videos, especially regarding pop as you bend into the setup and pop off the lip, the timing changes drastically between a proper "kicker" that has a 20-40 foot setup, even for smaller jumps, compared to these ones you are hitting (if you start bending your knees when you hit the "setup" of these smaller jumps, the tip of your board is already off the lip and your timing is fucked).
Make sense? Just own those jumps in the video, pretend they are just natural features, confidence is your best weapon.
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Last edited by snowklinger; 02-07-2012 at 12:45 AM.