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Old 01-02-2014, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys - might seem like a simple question but I find that anytime I start riding more uneven terrain I become less confident. I'm not falling or crashing but I find that I sometimes tend to stiffen up a bit (perhaps in anticipation). Any tips or drills to work on keeping my knees bent/soft and being able to absorb bumps? Or is it really just a matter of more practice?

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Old 01-02-2014, 09:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In my experience it just meant more experience and practice. I find the more experienced I get the more confident I am and it shows in my body posture. Keep an athletic stance (knees bent, arms extended but down to your side), try not to flail your arms and let your legs do the work.
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Just keep ridding that technical terrain and your confidence and skill set will improve. Always keep an athletic stance, stay loose. The only tip I have is really learn how to link turns efficiently and quickly. Speed is also a major factor when it comes to advanced terrain. How many years have you been boarding?

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keep your knees bent. shift weight back and forth if you are going over some some small hills.

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It comes with practice. If you feel that you stiffen your legs, take a short rest, loosen/shake your knees, make some squats n hop. Helps me in neverending mogul runs.
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Get low, get low get low get low...

Seriously though, bend your knees and stay loose. Practice it on easy terrain until your able to turn really easily and quickly using dynamic motions (pumping your knees and turning with your lower body and keeping a calm upper body). Don't bend at the hips though.

The ability to turn very quickly and easily at anytime will help with your confidence on the more difficult terrain.

Lean foward as well, like at least 60% weight on the front foot.
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^get low, isolate some of the following skills and then put them together...practice big kitty, little kitty...lol dropping in the knees, learning to move the board under you...instead of you moving over the board (much faster) and keep your upper body compact but dynamic...meaning kind of like boxing...duck and weave with the shoulders and throwing the elbows (not hands...hands get too far away and actually slow the response).
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:17 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks - these tips are very helpful. I'll give it some practice over the next few weeks and provide further feedback.

Been boarding for a short while (this is my fourth season) and trying to develop the confidence to ride more uneven terrain.
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^get low, isolate some of the following skills and then put them together...practice big kitty, little kitty...lol dropping in the knees, learning to move the board under you...instead of you moving over the board (much faster) and keep your upper body compact but dynamic...meaning kind of like boxing...duck and weave with the shoulders and throwing the elbows (not hands...hands get too far away and actually slow the response).
whats big kitty, little kitty?
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I think the line about moving the board underneath you is very good... like, say you are on a billy goat track and you have a quick steep down-and-then-up little hump... on the up bit you're going to want to suck your legs right up, so that your torso stays pretty much where it's at. So you can apply this idea of sucking up your legs (or conversely, pushing your legs away when you find a little drop) to the rest of the terrain you're riding and this helps you not only get through the terrain but also start to use the terrain to gain you speed.

Hope some of that makes sense (I'm pre coffee right now :P)
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