Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Wiscompton (Madison)
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To start, find some easier features on your hill that have no gap or a straight-on gap to the feature. Don't attempt to hit features with a side-ollie on right away.
My first feature was a straight box which sat 3 feet above ground, and had about a 2(1/2) foot gap between the lip of the takeoff to the actual feature--which you can't feel at all when you actually try the feature.
Some tips for trying boxes/rails for the first time, which really helped me:
Don't take a ton of speed checks (side to side lining up motions), you'll just get off-balance and hit the feature crooked.
Keep the base of your board absolutely flat and lined up straight-on with the rail/box.
If you feel like you are slipping off the box (which you will), let yourself slip off. Trying to use your edges will not work on a box, and that's how everybody eats shit.
As far as landing it, keep your knees slightly bent, and loose. But not wet-noodle loose. You're in Utah, so landings on features will be perfect and nice, so not much to worry about here if you can already pop and ollie a bit. I learned on Midwest, 5 degrees ungroomed ice landings.
Don't cut people off approaching a feature, and always look uphill to make sure nobody else is about to hit something you want to move over and hit.
You will fall. People might give you shit. But keep trying, even as sore as your arms and tailbone gets, trust me.