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12-08-2012 09:09 PM
Honey Badger Yeah, I ollied over it on accident on my first attempt. To describe the rail itself, it was a flat rail, about three inches wide. It was possible to ride-on, but it would shoot you in the air if you hit the front of the rail. But now I am getting the concept of just commitment. I speed checked way to much initially and then bombed the rest. Counter-intuitive, and I was staring at my feet... lol. I now have a point to begin with on monday...

Also, bonus to the Honey Badger clip. Honey Badger doesn't give a shit.
12-08-2012 07:09 PM
IdahoFreshies
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All of this is extremely helpful. The problems I was/am having are:

Watching my feet, and I have a hard time telling myself I can "make the gap" in my head. Ollie-ing itself is difficult for me... I have a lot of heel lifting in my boots...
dont worry if you cant actually ollie onto it. A simple hop works fine. Making the gap comes down to comitting to it, once you look at that feature and decide to hit it dont start second guessing yourself or thinking about what ifs, just do it as focused and as best you can. Looking down at your feet, just dont. Make sure you watch the end of the rail. In boarding if you look somewhere thats where you are going to go, so if you look at the end/beyond the end of the rail your body will begin to make the little movements and adjustments you need to keep you there.
12-08-2012 03:28 PM
alaric
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All of this is extremely helpful. The problems I was/am having are:

Watching my feet, and I have a hard time telling myself I can "make the gap" in my head. Ollie-ing itself is difficult for me... I have a lot of heel lifting in my boots...
Then definitely try to invest in new boots. Get them fit in a store, don't buy online. Try different brands and styles as all fit a bit differently. Having properly fitting boots will help all of your riding as well as make it a touch easier to progress.
12-08-2012 03:13 PM
Efilnikufesin
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Recently, I have been trying my hand at rails. I am able to comfortably ride all shapes of rails, and I am confortable on ride-ons, and cautiously comfortable on straight gap rails.

BUT, I would really like to get into some handrails. What are some tips for those "side-ollie" hand rails? I have gotten a few sketch ones in tonight when I went out, but I also had a nasty scorpion-esque fall on a flat gapped rail, and I filleted the skin off of both shins.

Overall, are there any tips for rails that more experienced riders can offer, such as the ollie on, approach, and getting off? That would be great to have here for the community.

Why are you worried? Honey Badger don't give a shit!:

12-08-2012 01:37 PM
Honey Badger All of this is extremely helpful. The problems I was/am having are:

Watching my feet, and I have a hard time telling myself I can "make the gap" in my head. Ollie-ing itself is difficult for me... I have a lot of heel lifting in my boots...
12-08-2012 10:05 AM
david_z I like to approach maybe a board's width or so to the side of the rail and just before the takeoff i make a quick setup turn and point myself a narrow angle maybe 20-30 degrees towards the feature, pop off the lip, don't look at where you're want to land look at where you're going to dismount the rail (so, at the end or beyond), there's a tiny adjustment in the air, to keep yourself from continuing on that angled approach (and hence sliding off the rail to the side).

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Commit commit and more commit. As soon as you olly on, look towards the end of the rail and don't try correct any mistakes. If you slide off, wait until you aren't touching the rail and then secure your landing. Keep your weight centered and DON'T use edges!
Thisthisthisthisthis

Yep as others have said look to the end of the feature (or even beyond it) this keeps you upright and balanced, as opposed to what might be your instinct to look down between your feet to make sure you're locking on, but you'll *feel* whether you locked or not.

If you don't *feel* it, and you'll know what this feels like if you're already comfortable on rails, you're off-center or off balance or whatever there's like a 1% chance you'll be able to correct it and about a 99% chance you'll end up eating shit if you try, so it's best to just let it roll and dismount gracefully.
12-08-2012 09:16 AM
Edge Commit commit and more commit. As soon as you olly on, look towards the end of the rail and don't try correct any mistakes. If you slide off, wait until you aren't touching the rail and then secure your landing. Keep your weight centered and DON'T use edges!
12-08-2012 09:05 AM
alaric
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Recently, I have been trying my hand at rails.
This is overall your biggest problem. I've found that making contact to the rail with my snowboard works better than other parts of my body.

Committing is the biggest thing, in my opinion. You can't chicken out half way through. As another user suggested, make sure you can Ollie well. This may be better practiced on rollers in the terrain so you don't have to worry about clipping the rail.
12-08-2012 07:39 AM
SHREDDER97 First of all commit! Make sure when you hop onto the rail you look to the end of the rail. If you look t your feet you will bail.
12-08-2012 05:29 AM
slyder Are you 50/50'ing or boardslides? The approach is the same but i think learning to 50/50 first is easiest, just me.
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