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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-06-2011, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hit my first 20-footer

Yesterday on Seymour I finally got up the nerve to try a real jump. I was really stoked a month ago when I hit that small ramp off Mushroom Bowl, but let's face it, it was a small jump -- just enough to get a taste of what it's like. Plus the stupid <expletive> park crew mowed it down and replaced it with <expletive> rollers.

Anyway, the jump at the top of Northlands is what most of us I think would consider a proper jump. Took me 3 attempts with last-second chicken-outs before I finally actually hit it. Then it took me 3 attempts to get up enough speed to get past the knuckle. But damn, it's sweet when you make that perfect touchdown.

To my debit (the opposite of credit), the jump is a little more mellow than normal because of the melt, so if/when we get snow again and the crew builds it back up, I'll have to re-man-up all over again. But I'm willing to make that sacrifice.

The one thing I find a little weird is that I'm more freaked out by going over the roller on either side of the jump, than just going over the jump. Am I odd? Or does anyone else get that?


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i heard whistler has a 100 ft jump. true?
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i heard whistler has a 100 ft jump. true?
Dunno. I've never been to Whistler for boarding. But I know they have some impressive setups for their snowboarding camps.


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That awesome...I will be a happy when I get comfortable on the "small jumps". I can't imagine hitting 20 footer..


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Yeah, that rush of hitting the first big kicker is awesome, and you'll probably get it double up the first time you try to spin.
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is a 15ft considered beginner or progressive? cause they just put one in at my park.
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is a 15ft considered beginner or progressive? cause they just put one in at my park.
15 ft is not beginner. Go slay that thing...
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So today I went up Seymour again, and hit my new jump again. Only today for some reason I had a lot of fails. Maybe because it was icier today, or maybe I was being a bit more aggressive, but wow did I ever bite it some good ones! The only good thing about this is that unless I go total yard-sale, I've basically cratered on the jump and not gotten hurt (other than pride). So I won't feel so apprehensive in the future.


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When your hitting a kicker like this, make sure you're not on any of your edges. Make sure you're not carving; go flat based off the takeoff, (unless you're trying to spin). Also keep centered above your board, and don't lean back or forward. Don't pop too hard either, it'll throw off your balance.

Do all this and you'll be slaying jumps in no time. I remember when I hit my first 20ish footer, I could've thrown a party I was so excited.

And to whomever asked what a 15-footer would be classified as, I'd probably say intermediate. I hate when the damn pros call 30+" jumps "beginner" or "warm-up".
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