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Old 04-10-2012, 07:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default It's time to setup the astroturf!

With my snow gone and dying to get back out, I'm going to get a solid setup for the summer. What I'm thinking I'll use is astro turf (6x9 feet mat is $30, thinking split it into 3x18 and then use some outdoor carpet on the landing, unless I need 4 feet wide in which case I'll need two mats. Thoughts?)

For a drop in ramp I was thinking of using a sheet of plywood rather than my hill as it's uneven (how big exactly to get enough speed for a rail + a bit of flat before it?)

For the jump I was planing on making a wooden ramp, with a 1:3 ratio, and then just putting the astroturf on top.

I have a few different rails so that won't be a problem, but I was wondering how well 8 months of PVC rails will translate to metal park features, and if it would be worth investing in one.

I'd love to make a jump too, but that isn't realistic so that won't happen, best case situation is to make it high enough off the ground to have a few feet drop off the end for some "bigger" spins.

I also plan on making some starting gate handles to pop in and out for practicing boardercross starts, shouldn't be hard to do.

Any comments, tips, related advice, bump for good luck, yah di yah di yahda?
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I would do some tests with the astroturf. Its not easy to generate speed without a steep pitch or a long in run. Also any flat before the rail will kill the momentum you have generated.GL
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I would do some tests with the astroturf. Its not easy to generate speed without a steep pitch or a long in run. Also any flat before the rail will kill the momentum you have generated.GL
Maybe not perfect flat then, but a little run of a lower pitch (10 degrees sound alright?) to hold speed but mock the "lining up" part of rails
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You wont have the ability to ¨line up¨like on snow. Your board should only be able to do little micro edging on the turf so its pretty much drop in straight and flat. Is your hill pretty steep or long?
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You wont have the ability to ¨line up¨like on snow. Your board should only be able to do little micro edging on the turf so its pretty much drop in straight and flat. Is your hill pretty steep or long?
I know I won't be able to line up, but I can still mock it, or wind for whatever I'm doing. I don't have much of a hill, I was planning on a drop in ramp/ incline.
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