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Posted 03-23-2009 at 11:13 PM by justdust

Well, I finally got up the nerve to attempt a kicker in the park on Sunday. In my mind, the warm temperatures had shrunk their size just enough that I was willing to try the smallest one in the park.
It was an impressive failure! I don't remember the flying through the air part, but I do remember landing on the knuckle, catching my heelside edge, and slamming my (helmeted) head into the mountain before sliding 50 or 60 feet on my backside down the landing zone. I did a quick damage assessment as I was sliding upside-down toward the next jump and was surprised to find nothing broken and no excruiating pain. Then I realized that I had not slowed down at all and was still heading for the knuckle of the next I dug in and stopped about 2 feet from the knuckle where 2 guys were sitting (grays on trays like me). One just looks at me and nonchalantly says "you need a little more speed." Continuing to lie there upside-down, I asked his opinion as to how many more crashes like that I could expect before landing a jump, because I didn't think I had many left in me! He was encouraging and convinced me that I just need to approach with more speed than I think I need and it will all work out. I went back to that kicker three more times that day, but didn't have the stones to try again.
I'm not giving up though...I know when the moment is right, I will hurl myself into the air once more...just to see what happens....
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    Don't give up! I'm glad you did try one though. Always approach a kicker with more speed than you think you need. Remember, with a kicker you're able to "overshoot" just a bit, landing in the middle of the landing, but going to slow will result in knuckle burn for sure! Keep up the good work
    Posted 06-29-2009 at 11:02 AM by alaric alaric is offline
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