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10-28-2013 09:18 AM
Jed You line up by looking at the end of the box/rail (or where it would roughly be if you're approaching a box/rail where you can't see the end right away). I think you figured it out by the looks of your second post.

Where you look = where you go, so you line up by looking.

Also, just a tip for future posts, if you can use fullstops and paragraphs it'll make it a lot easier to read/answer your questions. It was really, really hard to understand your post because right now it's just a huge block of text without spaces.
10-28-2013 09:07 AM
shelbybeck
I know this is a key

when you said this something clicked....I know you're supposed to look to the end of the feature.......but training yourself to look to the end while you are running in the last 20-10 feet....ahh.....now that is making my brain go crazy with the possibility of a revolution in my approach and thinking.
Please elaborate as much as you can/want to!!
10-28-2013 09:00 AM
shelbybeck
please explain further....

I know this is an old thread...but you've touched on something here that I think might be a key for me.
I know what you're saying about lining up with the end of the feature as you're comin' in.....but can you kindof go into alittle detail on HOW you personally do this?.....what is your technique for doing this?.....I'm assuming this is how you do it for a box OR a rail?....
so for example, if you're hitting a hop on downrail, how would you do this?
also, some downrails/bars you can't see the end til you pop....what is your approach to this?....
I know applying this concept of lining up with the END of the rail is key..I just need alittle help understanding exactly how you do that and how/when that takes place with the timing of what you're doing as you're approaching the feature during the last 10 - 20 feet if the run in.
So if you're approaching a down rail/bar where you can see the end and you're hopping on frontside to do a 5050 (and you're a regular rider) are you looking just slightly to the right of the end of the rail as you're riding in?.....directly at the end of the rail?.....slightly to the left of the rail? ie- the same side you're jumping on from?......lol.......sorry for the book, but I'm just trying to understand your own personal technique, what you're seeing and feeling and what you try to duplicate everytime you're settin' up and comin' in to the feature.
thanx!
02-12-2013 05:46 PM
Lemmon04 Sack up and get more speed. Honestly, speed makes snowboarding as a whole much easier. Although it looks scary, it makes hitting jumps, rails, and boxes effortless.
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02-12-2013 05:39 PM
snowklinger
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Originally Posted by MeanJoe View Post
Sometimes it is the simplest things.

I've been working on boxes and learned a few tips from here and a coach at my local hill which have been covered here. I tried to practice the idea that once on the box look to the end to ride it all the way. I always struggled with approaching the box, trying to be lined up straight to ride the length but my eyes were always on the beginning of the box. Once on, I'd shift my view to the end of the feature. Unfortunately, many times I'd be just a few degrees off and would go off the side near the end or before making it that far. It never dawned on me to look at the end BEFORE getting on the feature. This simple suggestion makes so much sense, and is so obvious I'm ticked I haven't thought of this before.

And this is why I love this place.
Thanks, my basics are pretty solid but I've only really begun to hit the non-jump features. It's easy to explain since I'm learning it right now too. All I do is 5050s for now, maybe a bit of nose/tail press or nollie/ollie - been riding with some guys that are real rail slayers, makes a huge difference.
02-12-2013 03:06 PM
makken
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Originally Posted by crystal View Post
I've came to the fact that I hate all boxes. I don't know why but whenever I pull up on a box I either start slowing down because most boxes around my hill are sticky as hell. I usually kick my feet out, smash my shins on the edge and sprain my wrist every time I hit a box. Meanwhile I can ride the hell out of a rail and come off clean. Any tips for riding the box smoother ?
i hate them too. just hit them as fast as you can. it will maintain your speed and the forward momentum will actually make it easier to stay centered. try riding a bike as slowly as possible and see how hard it is to stay up. same kind of principle.

rails rule.
02-12-2013 11:08 AM
MeanJoe
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Originally Posted by snowklinger View Post
The worst single thing you can do on a box is hit it too slow, this gives you time to really try and hurt yourself on the feature.

As everyone has said aim off the end of box, as you do setup carves to get on the thing, imgaine the carve lining up your landing on the other side instead of lining up the front of the feature.
Sometimes it is the simplest things.

I've been working on boxes and learned a few tips from here and a coach at my local hill which have been covered here. I tried to practice the idea that once on the box look to the end to ride it all the way. I always struggled with approaching the box, trying to be lined up straight to ride the length but my eyes were always on the beginning of the box. Once on, I'd shift my view to the end of the feature. Unfortunately, many times I'd be just a few degrees off and would go off the side near the end or before making it that far. It never dawned on me to look at the end BEFORE getting on the feature. This simple suggestion makes so much sense, and is so obvious I'm ticked I haven't thought of this before.

And this is why I love this place.
02-12-2013 10:37 AM
snowklinger The worst single thing you can do on a box is hit it too slow, this gives you time to really try and hurt yourself on the feature.

As everyone has said aim off the end of box, as you do setup carves to get on the thing, imgaine the carve lining up your landing on the other side instead of lining up the front of the feature.
02-12-2013 10:34 AM
Casual
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what's the best way to line yourself up? I always find that when i'm speed checking on ride-ons that I can never line myself up straight, is there a trick to it?
Don't speed check on your approach. Stop above it where you have the desired speed and drop straight at it, no checks. Also as donuts said look to the end, not the start - that really helps.
02-11-2013 08:12 PM
paul Thanks donutz I'll give it a shot this weekend
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