Originally Posted by West Baden Iron
I am having trouble jumping off of my heel edge. I'm just getting into park riding and have been practicing my 180's carving across the slope. I feel way more comfortable jumping from my heel side but I can't get any pop. If I jump from my toe side, I can pop like Spud Webb. I have eaten it a few times from my board catching an edge trying to 180 with some speed jumping from my heel side.
I can 180 off a jump but obviously I don't catch my edge because I'm in the air from the jump. I'm sure it's ugly and I don't feel like my technique is correct. I haven't attempted a backside 180 off a jump because I don't feel comfortable yet landing blind.
It is the same whether I'm riding regular or switch so I know my technique is way off. I'm assuming I'm probably trying to jump flat footed but it doesn't feel like it.
Any tips or just more practice? Anything I can do around the house to practice my technique because the season is pretty much over here in Indiana.
You'll basically never get as much pop on your heelside as you can on toeside simply because popping off your toes is a lot easier (which is why some people prefer popping off their toes when spinning frontside).
As far as practice goes, you can practice the heelside pop motion just carving on green runs and popping into a spin. No need to do it off jumps, you can learn the motion carving on green runs.
Don't expect to get as much pop as toeside though because toeside always wins in pop.
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