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Old 02-13-2014, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I did my first real rails yesterday (just a ride-on, but you have to start somewhere). I was kind of tentative and was only completing about 20% of my attempts, just kept dropping off early on most tries. Today I went a little more balls-to-the-wall and just charged at it and after the first 2-3 attempts of the morning I never missed or dropped off again. It's rare that a statement gets proven so dramatically, but in this case I'd have to say

I think it's actually safer as well hitting it faster.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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agree with you when i was learning side gaps speed helped me so much. I think it helps because you are on the rail for less time therefore less time to catch edge or slipout
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its because you direct far less downward force when you go faster. that makes it way easier to balance.

i suck at rails, but i do know that i'm waaay better at them when i make sure that by the time i'm actually on it i'm looking at the end of the rail and then the landing rather than looking at my board on the rail... and i know i'm way better at hitting cliffs and natural shit than i am at rails and i'm gonna hurt myself if i ride rails casually (for me this means not hiking it over over) and i don't care enough about riding rails to risk getting hurt on them so i don't ride em anymore
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So true ! I remember a couple years ago me and some friends set up homemade boxes with PVC and getting pulled with the snowmobile off a small kicker was much, much easier than using a drop-in on the same features. Lesson learned !
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Donutz so cool to see you riding the rails.

Im at the point that I need more speed but that fear factor of going to fast is still hitting me.

Keep at it, it is a blast
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wait until you taco youre first one... I was on one of those large and long wide tubular ones on monday hauling ass on it, caught an edge and the pain in my ribs speaks for the rest... least it wasnt my tailbone.
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Tailbone to the rail is the worst. +1 to looking at the end of the rail and not at your feet. Also don't fight getting off early, if it feels like you are sliding off just hop off and ride away.
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Ahem. Well, considering my advanced years I've kind of prepared a bit.




Seriously, I have helmet, knee/shin guards, impact shorts with hard-tail protection, and a spine protector. Still not invulnerable, but feeling a little safer...
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wait until you taco youre first one... I was on one of those large and long wide tubular ones on monday hauling ass on it, caught an edge and the pain in my ribs speaks for the rest... least it wasnt my tailbone.
There is a down-tube in the park. Been eyeing it. Biggest problem is it's a street-style and I'm not quite there yet.
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