Originally Posted by shc89
about the big kickers that you approach with a lot of speed, is there a need to pop a little ollie just before taking off for a rotation, or you just start rotating without any ollie ?
with a lot of speed and a steep angle of transition, momentum can be enuff to shoot you off into the big blue sky with nice lofty air.
however, i think (and this is only my opinion NOT gospel) that it is good form
to ollie off all jumps when possible, to avoid the 'falling off a lip' type jump trajectory. you want to pop; afterall this will extend your 'hang time' and thus allow you greater tweakage of your grab and or more rotation.
Second thing is about landing. Well I always learned to land flat based for stability. But when landing on very angled slopes from the spin I saw many boarders touch the ground with their tail first and then nose, not whole base of the board at the same time. Is that intentional, and there's a reason for it
landings generally require a slight edge bite when following a rotation to stop it and thus prevent you from sketching out; ie to stop the rotation of your upper body, that was set in motion. but this only really matters for those uber twists like 5's and 7's.
the phenomenom of tail landing is a 'safety blanket'
, which betrays a lack of confidence in the rider or indeed an incomplete half spin.
say for example you throw a 360, but when coming into land, you see you have only made it around about 310.... death and destruction awaits? well not really. by planting down the tail first, friction can work on your board in a way that pulls the nose around and thus correcting the incomplete rotation.
really, tail heavy landings are bad form
, but they are a 'get out of jail free'
card.... but as ever, with practice your confidence increases and such landings will become less frequent as they become sweetly flat.