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12-05-2012 01:26 AM
snowklinger Don't fully get it but there is actually some advanced techniques with taking off on the "wrong" edge for the fs or bs that you are going for, but yea, those vids are money for basics. You can get consistently better at airtime with simple mechanics to follow into the jump.
12-04-2012 05:06 PM
Originally Posted by snowklinger View Post

And This
Those were really good vids! Explains why on my first real attempt at a 360 yesterday I failed every time... It was off an off-piste hip that had me on my heel edge and I was trying a BS 360. Should have tried a FS 360 instead.

ORRRRRR, I just need to keep trying!
12-04-2012 04:42 PM
Vaughanabe13 This video will literally be haunting my dreams for weeks. Overshot & Undershot Ski / Snowboard Jump Video Collaboration - YouTube
10-05-2012 10:02 PM
almostheaven When you are first learning to hit kickers (jumps) the main thing you need to worry about is proper speed as you approach and nice solid form as you hit the jump.

Use edges to control speed as you approach but before take off let your board go flat.

Also, when first learning dont worry about actually ollie-ing to get air off of the jump. Its called a jump for a reason, with proper speed it does all of the work for you.
10-02-2012 04:41 PM
Skinny Bam Depends how big your going...smaller jumps I like to pop ollie because when i kick my front foot forward it levels out my board in the air and it ensures im not going to lean too far back, 40 footers and up I dont pop as much because your speed is going to launch you anyway, but still do it to level my board in the air
10-02-2012 04:27 PM
ShadowCloud04 I also had a scary experience on the same kicker as my friend because I accidentley didn't maintain my stance and start falling backwards mid flight and land on my back going down the down ramp. I was lucky and my backpack broke some of my fall.
10-02-2012 04:13 PM
Donutz Every once in a while someone posts a vid of an overshoot (usually that one off the giant pyramid). Gives me nightmares. And I mean literally.
10-02-2012 03:48 PM
ShadowCloud04 [QUOTE=Donutz;520199] Approach speed is the factor I'm having the most trouble with, because I have a deathly fear of overshooting, so I tend to over-brake.

What you said reminded me of the second time my buddy and I went to Breckenridge. He blasted down park lane at kicker and had way to much speed. He had roughly double the speed needed so he ended up landing flat on a giant kicker at the base of the down ramp. Luckily he only bruised his foot and had no serious injury, but it could have gone much worse.
09-25-2012 12:26 AM
Originally Posted by Donutz View Post
1. Approach the ramp in a downhill trajectory, with no regard for safety.
2. Catch an edge just at the lowest point in the approach
3. Fly forward head first, burying your head and shoulders to about mid-shoulder.
4. For extra steeze points, bone your entire body on impact so that it extends rigidly up from the snow at an angle, before relaxing and letting yourself fall to earth.
5. If desired, you can hold up a cartoon sign that says "Medic" at this point.

^this had me howling
09-21-2012 06:36 PM
slyder My input is learn "air awareness" what I mean by this. My 1st time I'm looking at the transition of the ramp next thing I know I'm riding down the hill. I completely blocked out anything happening. As I went a few more times I was able to see what was happening and spotting my landing.
This was key to me as I started to get better and see what was happening on each jump
Good luck start small and build up.
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