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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-05-2012, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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ate my 1st rail tonight

As many of you know, I've been working on rails. Just started to ride them this year actually 2 days ago, 50/50 only. I have spent about 5 hours straight these last 2 days trying to get better on them.

I don't know what happened and looking back, still don't know. I slammed hard on my hip, taco'd, then end up on my belly. Lots of things hit and still not sure how I got where I got. I just remember the "Oh Shit" coming out of my mouth before I biffed. As did the people riding the lift above said rail

No big bad wounds to show, but still I needed to step back for a bit. I hit them one last time before the night ended just to show them who is BOSS

-I'm Slyder and I suffer from "Gummer Syndrome"
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That's always what worries me about getting into tricks, I'm 35 and have rent/car payment's/etc. Then again I bomb down the mountain at the fastest speeds I can handle and let me tell you when some choppy terrain or a rock sticking up over the snow catches me off guard and I miss popping over it, I take some nasty tumbles. So after taking many of these nasty spills, at the end of this year I said "fuck it I only live once" and am picking up a more park friendly board for days I want to play there.

Keep it up man, don't let that rail tell you who's boss! I mean shit does happen, butt 99% of the time you will walk away just fine right? Right? LoL, eh fuck it.
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Yah, my first rail slam was this week too. Wanted to analyze it to do better but couldn't remember what went wrong. I get what you say about having to go back at least once to get it right. It's demoralizing if ya don't, isn't it.
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haha i did that on my skateboard in college. was working on 50/50's all afternoon. it was getting dark and i was not doing so well. i took a nasty fall but walked away un injured. but i had to rock out one more time didnt i? i ended up rolling my ankle on the landing and fractured it, and tore 3 ligaments. its so hard to walk away when your ahead but sometimes we should listen to our guts.
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Funny I saw a dude in Maine do that same thing last night. He snuck into the park (still off limits from little snow) and took an epic solo run which ended in him eating a rail, sliding all the way down on his gut, then flipping off the end and rolling twice. It was a hot mess and and a great show for us on the lift.
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If you don't know what happened, you probably caught your edge or nose under the rail. Doing that can put your ass above your head before you can blink, last time I did it I cracked a rib...now before I hit a new rail I always jump OVER it a few times and land on the other side to get the feel for how much pop I need to land on it.
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There's no law/rule that says that you can't learn to ride the park at 35, but there is definitely a reason that most of the people you see in the park are younger.

They don't break as easily.
They don't break as badly
Once broken, they heal faster.

You don't have to pay as many dues in your youth
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At least you went back to hit it again the same day before you left. Impressive I remember the first time I bit it really hard when I was first trying rails and boxes. It was 3 or 4 years before I attempted another one. The first one after my "accident" was probably the most timid 50-50 on a box that you have ever seen!
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Rails scare me the most out of anything while on the slopes..aside from another person crashing into me. I really do want to get comfortable with them. My goal is to be able to do a down rail like a hand rail one day but its not looking good so far haha.
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