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Old 12-09-2010, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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so whenever i plan on a jump, i get a little scared so i go too slow and i will always eat it hard on the knuckle. my fear is that if i go too fast, i will overshoot it and eat it hard on the flat spot, which has happened a few times lol. so now i form this mental block. but man, even landing on my feet on the knuckle it hurts my ankles. but when i land on the sweet spot it's like landing on a pillow.

what's my solution? should i just keep straight airing over this jump until i can land on the sweet spot 10 out of 10? thanks.

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Old 12-09-2010, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You need to find a kicker with a long enough landing, where you do not need to worry about hitting the flat. I would look for a kicker that's not a tabletop mound of snow. A lot of the launch style kickers (not tabletops) land on a natural down slope of the mountain that continues for a longer stretch than the artifcial downslope of a tabletop.

Once you find one of these, point toward it and launch away. You'll get a better feel for how long you are in the air, and how far you travel. Then head back to the tabletops with a better sense of the speed you need to land on the transition.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have a friend hit it and follow him. This is how I learned speed on a couple jumps last year.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thnx for the tip. i probably won't be able to find a kicker like u described. the parks in my areas are all 20, 30, 40+ft step down/step up jumps lol. i actually haven't seen a table top jump in years haha. what other options are there? again, it's mostly in my head. i just wanna get over this mental block somehow. it's kinda ironic, the thing i'm afraid of actually hurts me.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I know how you feel. I'm not scared of landing on the knuckle, but I have an unreasoning fear of landing past the slope (partly based on a vid or two that I've seen). Couple of times I've gone over rollers, half expecting to bite it on the flats, ended up going like 2 or 3 feet in the air. Laughed and said to myself "well, that was a letdown.". Myself answers "and you're a wanker."
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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A couple of tips for getting comfortable with jumping.

1. Learning how to go fast on a flat board down several steeper faces. Part of the fear is fear of speed and and double guessing yourself. The easy way out is to find a steep face similar to the jumps your doing it and ridding a flat board straight down the fall line for the same distance as the run in to the jump you plan on hitting.

2. If able when someone goes to hit the jump(s) try riding down parrallel to them to the left or right of the jump and match speeds. This will give you an idea of the speed necessary ( this is also the same practice you should take anytime jumping into the park for the first time that day or ir after shifts in temperatures over the course of the day, its called pre-ride)
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Let me tell you something that comes with age and park riding. It is far better to over shoot a jump than it ever is to knuckle on. Knuckles compress spines and buck you over shooting you're generally going to ride it out.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Like someone previously said, my advice would be to just sit and wait for someone who knows what thier doing to hit the jump, then follow them and hit it at the same speed. This way your gonna know where you will land and don't have to worry about overshooting.

I've seen this happen many times in the park, people will hit big jumps with not nearly enough speed to clear them. I always thinking: OUCH

Another thing I suggest is listening to whatever type of music pumps you up, this works really well for me
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Let me tell you something that comes with age and park riding. It is far better to over shoot a jump than it ever is to knuckle on. Knuckles compress spines and buck you over shooting you're generally going to ride it out.
While it does suck to knuckle, I've never blown out a knee on a knuckle. I have by over jumping though. The reason is when you overshoot the height you are away from the snow is greater then the height you ever get away from the knuckle. Add this in with the greater amount of time you have to drift of axis and the risk of a devastating hit increase as do the pressures of landing and serious injury. However I will say that depending on the design of the jump this might not always hold true, but generally the accidents I have seen on jumps involving ski patrol are the over shoots and the jumps that are under shoots involve the hot tub or bar later.

P.S. I dislike knuckling a lot too since it does cause my knees(repairs done on both) and back do get sore. I'll take soreness any day over crutches though.
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Well sucks for you. But having hundreds if not thousands of days in the park it's taught me one thing over shooting less painful than compressing on a knuckle. Let alone any pro I know will say the exact same thing far better to take a jump deep or flat than to just hit the knuckle.
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