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Old 12-16-2013, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone - Was up riding at Whistler this weekend and was really trying to work on core fundamentals since conditions weren't the greatest.

One of the tricks I continue to struggle with is popping a stylish 1 off of small gradual shelves or rollers while at full speed to enter or exit switch efficiently.

I can 1 and 3 off of side hits or steeper lips and ride out more consistently than I ever have, but I'm usually bleeding off a fair amount of speed or setting up "safe" with an extra setup turn or two depending on the circumstance.

Anyone have any drills to build confidence / courage to do this while flying down the mountain? I know it's all about timing the pop / rotation, but this has been a trick I've not worked on in the past because of fear. I can ride switch proficiently enough to handle speed and my board awareness continues to improve every season, so I know this trick is well within my grasp with a few more days on the hill.

For those guys who can really pop a smooth 1 while ripping down the mountain, any advice?
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You really shouldn't need a big setup turn for a 180, sounds to me like you could use some practice just slowing down and getting used to popping them from an edge rather then a big carve. Just get on an edge, initiate with your shoulders, jump and follow through. BS/FS very similar as far as that goes. just do a shit ton of them and work your speed up as you get comfortable. Personally I like to do FS 1's off my toe edge when I'm riding fast doing them off flat or small rollers, you could try that.
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You really shouldn't need a big setup turn for a 180, sounds to me like you could use some practice just slowing down and getting used to popping them from an edge rather then a big carve.
That's fair...I'll slow down and work on that.

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Just get on an edge, initiate with your shoulders, jump and follow through. BS/FS very similar as far as that goes.
I think I still have to improve the shoulder initiation timing because my lower body feels slow to get around at times when I mess up.

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Personally I like to do FS 1's off my toe edge when I'm riding fast doing them off flat or small rollers, you could try that.
This is exactly where I was going to start...I'm more comfortable popping/spinning off toe edge and it's usually backside that comes easier.

Thanks for the tips!
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just make sure when u are doing back 1s at speed that u commit, half of one leads to a scorp of epic proportions.
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LOL! I was about to say, perfect time to insert a picture of snowklinger's shattered helmet!

I wish I could've seen that full sequence. Like I said, I'd just pulled into the lift line and turned around to see you already mid-air in full flail and then impact. I immediately thought to myself while you were in the air, uh oh this one's gonna sting.
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i like to think i have 1s at speed mastered, like mentioned it's all about coming in your toe edge for FS or BS and popping straight up when you reach the peak of the roller. Initiating the shoulder rotation will help as well. keep the lean slightly forward on landing and stomp on your toe edge to continue to ride away at speed.
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just make sure when u are doing back 1s at speed that u commit, half of one leads to a scorp of epic proportions.
god this right here. i like back 3s more than front 3s, but popping a back 1 riding down a cat track...i just pray i commit to making it around or im going to eat it hard
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I would just suggest you ride switch as much as possible so that it becomes more than proficient, it becomes natural. That way there is no awkwardness and it will be more fluid when landing in switch. That will also take a lot of the fear out of it.
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i really like backside 180s, they translated nice from skateboarding. as said above, just work your way up with speed, and work on your switch.

popping half cabs, (like riding fakie and popping of the tail) may build your confidence at speed as well.
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i really like backside 180s, they translated nice from skateboarding. as said above, just work your way up with speed, and work on your switch.

popping half cabs, (like riding fakie and popping of the tail) may build your confidence at speed as well.
yea thats why I love them
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