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Old 12-26-2013, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old Schooler (fart) here. Just getting my first BS boardslides in on flat, low kids rails. Feeling decent for having done my last boardslide on a skateboard in the 80s. Let me tell you the grace and balance don't come as easy after 40, but I'm commmited.

I'm psyching myself to transition to down rails with ollie on approaches. I'm pretty content to keep it BS boardslides and 50-50s for now. I imagine it's even more crucial to have your body and board flat to the angle of the feature. Anyone have some wisdom to pass my way so I don't rack myself too bad?
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What's up man. 36 here and similar story. Down rails still scare me but one thing that really helps is getting comfortable hitting the easy ones fast and gapping onto them, even if you air over most of it and just slide the end. Really helps get the feeling of gap to down rail with less consequence. That way your landing on it instead if just riding on. Good luck man, some days are easier then others that's for sure lol.
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Thanks for the input. I'm assuming by "the gap" you mean the lip of the departure to the landing. That's certainly the freaky aspect.
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great advice from "Casual". i'm 39 and just getting comfortable with 50-50's on street style features.
go on youtube and check out "Snowboard Addiction" vids. By FAR the best "how to" vids around
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Old Schooler (fart) here. Just getting my first BS boardslides in on flat, low kids rails. Feeling decent for having done my last boardslide on a skateboard in the 80s. Let me tell you the grace and balance don't come as easy after 40, but I'm commmited.

I'm psyching myself to transition to down rails with ollie on approaches. I'm pretty content to keep it BS boardslides and 50-50s for now. I imagine it's even more crucial to have your body and board flat to the angle of the feature. Anyone have some wisdom to pass my way so I don't rack myself too bad?
Just wanted to say what's up to another 40+ year old guy out there, props for still trying to progress on park rails. I've been struggling with rails, which I used to love to do back in my glory days. I'd hike em repeatedly all day long. 15 years later, I've pretty much decided parks aren't for me anymore other than some of the smaller jumps, and an occasional tiny flat rail or box.

I'm sure there are plenty of guys in their mid 40s able to hit rails like a champ, just took me awhile to realize I'm not one of them. I can blame it on my body aging, but I think it's most likely my balls aren't as big as they were 20 years ago. Much respect to you for your commitment and good luck. Would be interested to see a follow up post in the future with your progress.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well do you want to blunt them into your tail or do a nose slide approach?
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