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Old 10-12-2011, 10:59 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Snowboarding is really all about mindset. Go into stuff fast and confident. You need a lot more speed than you think, and if you do something too fast and nothing happens (which it most likely won't)
this isnt always true. in fact, its almost never true. try flat landing a 40 or 50 foot jump and tell me nothing will happen and youll bounce right back.


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i do agree with this. especially if youre new and want to get into the park. i got a concussion last year and it was pretty scary. if youre pushing your riding ability, youre going to eat shit. and if youre not eating shit, youre not pushing yourself
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Another concept that is invaluable is the "outside in" method. Quite simply it is learning much of your freestyle moves outside of the park, using natural features as you are free riding. This allows you to dial in your freestyle riding without the pressure and potential hazards of of being in the actual terrain park.
On a sidenote, this is one of the most fun things you can do and is almost another style of riding all together (all-mountain freestyle?). So definitely do as Wolf suggests here and give it a shot. Everything from transitions between cat tracks, side hips, natural moguls or stashes and if your balls and the mountains you ride are epically big enough, dropping over big cornices into steep grades.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:01 PM   #13 (permalink)
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On a sidenote, this is one of the most fun things you can do and is almost another style of riding all together (all-mountain freestyle?). So definitely do as Wolf suggests here and give it a shot. Everything from transitions between cat tracks, side hips, natural moguls or stashes and if your balls and the mountains you ride are epically big enough, dropping over big cornices into steep grades.
as long as there is some nice fresh snow, integrating these natural freestyle features into my line is what i usually do the most of, and i thinks its one of the funnest things you can do on a snowboard. Any trick you can do in the park looks twice as good if you apply it to natural terrain. Anyone can do a straight air + grab off of a park jump and nobody cares, but as soon as you take it to the mountain and huck it off of a 15 ft tall rock face...the entire chairlift cheers and goes wild. Doing smaller natural jumps will greatly help you when you take it to the park, because natural jumps are far from perfect, and if you can dial in your landings on the mountain, you take it to the smoothed out park jumps and land solidly every time even when you are just starting out.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:30 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I agree with the go slow way of learning tricks and start on regular runs using little natural bumps or side walls.
You don't even have to get air at first, just get used to the feel of the board as you go over bumps and terrain with little transitions. That way you start getting used to how you need to change your posture and your foot pressure on the board to keep your balance.

If you find a nice little natural jump landing is powder you can hit it small to start and slowly increase speed and pop off the jump. The beauty of powder landings is when you get it wrong its like falling into a big fluffy pillow. You get it badly wrong in the terrain park and you will be going to the hospital.

I've seen it happen many times and I barely go through the park. Must be the place with the most injuries by far (IMO).

When you have some basics down you can hit the park if thats your thing.
I don't bother with it because I don't like the posing/showing off element. I prefer to hit natural features and I get the satisfaction of landing a sweet grab or a 360, no one else even sees most of my tricks apart from maybe my riding buddies.
I do it for the pleasure not the props.

Each to their own.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:45 PM   #15 (permalink)
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One of the best things about going to mountain and learning all the trails is just finding those places hits tend to build up and memorizing them. A couple of side hits, a roller, a transition between cat tracks, some mogus, trees etc. you can have your own terrain park down the entire mountain.
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