Originally Posted by poutanen
Also I find I'm more comfortable when I pre-load instead of just riding off a jump. Pre-loading means you squat down before the lip, then as you're ready to leave the earth, you spring up. You're in control of the jump this way instead of the jump controlling you.
Also (and I'm just learning this myself) you can control the amount of loft you get off the jump if your approach speed isn't right. If you find you're coming in too slow you can pop at the lip to get extra distance and (hopefully) avoid the knuckle. If you're coming in too fast you can suck up the board as you go over and reduce the amount of loft. Of course you still have to have enough experience to know what to do when.