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Old 11-12-2010, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just a little something to help anyone out there wanting to learn or perfect some basic 180's / Ollie / Nollie etc Tips & Tricks | Key Aspects Coaching Freelance Snowboard and Surf Instructor/Coach

Just added the first 7 of 15 articles to my tips and tricks section.
All content is aimed at a basic entry level freestyle riding. I will be adding more every couple of weeks.

Tail Press: How to: Tail Press Snowboard | Key Aspects Coaching Freelance Snowboard and Surf Instructor/Coach
Ollie: How to: Ollie Snowboard | Key Aspects Coaching Freelance Snowboard and Surf Instructor/Coach
Nollie: How to: Nollie Snowboard | Key Aspects Coaching Freelance Snowboard and Surf Instructor/Coach
Frontside 180 off the toes. How to: Frontside 180 ? Toe Edge | Key Aspects Coaching Freelance Snowboard and Surf Instructor/Coach

All in Goofy and Regular. Click on pictures to switch - right click to enlarge.

Will add another one next week - hope it helps
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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New trick added. Frontside 180 off the heels
How to: Frontside 180 ? Heel Edge | Key Aspects Coaching Freelance Snowboard and Surf Instructor/Coach

Glad the tips helped re: the ollie / nollie.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Check your Tail press tutorial though, think you forgot an "e" in spine. Which brings my question, so when lowering your body before popping, you do recommend to hunch over a little at the spine while not breaking at the waist to keep your shoulders above the board?
Thanks for mention about the 'typo error'.

In regards to having a slight curve in your spine. In my opinion yes. As you contract and get smaller, flex all your joints and just let the spine curve naturally.

You should ideally do this to counter the movement of your hips over the heel edge. As you compress and flex down, you will naturally shift weight over your heel edge slightly, via your hips. The curving, or 'hunching' as you mention, of the spine will counter that movement. It will make the movement of getting low feel more natural, helping you stay centred over your board.

The same also applies when landing on kickers etc, or any big drops with large amounts of compression or flat landing, cliff/street etc.

Don't try to keep a straight back. Let the curve in the spine happen. However, as you do point out above, this curve of the spine is not to be confused with breaking at the waist/mid section.

I often see people flexing down and not letting the spine curve at all. What happens?: The hips shift over to the heel edge with no counter balance going on. This can lead to the board turning in that direction, then when they come to extend upwards (say they are going for a jump) they end up taking off on the heel edge.

Too much curving of the spin (breaking at the waist) leads to the opposite. So we need to find a stance somewhere in between. And that takes time and practice. Try to feel lots when riding, it's your bodies way of giving you a private coaching session!

I know that was probably in a little bit more depth than what was required for your question, but I just thought I'd mention a wee bit more for others out there.

Glad the tips are helpful.
More to come soon.
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New trick added.
Backside 180 off the toes.

How to: Backside 180 ? Toe Edge | Key Aspects Coaching Freelance Snowboard and Surf Instructor/Coach

Anyone who is after some more info regarding rotation for 180's - see this post and comments New articles added to tips and tricks | Key Aspects Coaching Freelance Snowboard and Surf Instructor/Coach
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Great stuff Key, I like the ways you get real specific with the techniques. keep it up, Im sure your site is going to be very usefull for alot of people.
Glad they're helping. Just added a new trick:

Backside 180 off the heel edge Backside 180 ? Heel Edge | Key Aspects Coaching Freelance Snowboard and Surf Instructor/Coach
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New trick added.

Nollie Backside 180: Nollie Backside 180 | Key Aspects Coaching
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first off, i really appreciate you taking your time and making these tips for everyone to learn from. Was wondering if you have any indepth tips for newbies starting jumps. i've been having trouble going off a jump, air and then the landing. thanks
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Before going through any particulars, start off by checking your body alignment. Shoulders hips in line with you board as you ride, with knees and ankles slightly flexed in a comfortable position (knees over toes). Maybe get a friend to film you riding towards them on a shallow gradient just to check everything is looking good.

This is really important as if you are not nicely stacked over your board and in alignment when you take off a jump, you'll get all messed up in the air. I often have students ask me, why do I blow out on the landing?, why do I land on the tail of the board? etc etc. A lot of the time it is due to position you were in prior or just on take off that ultimately affect you in the air.

With that out of the way, head over and take a look at my intro to an Ollie How to Ollie | Key Aspects Coaching

Think about taking this (the Ollie) to some small rollers and then small jumps in the park. Think of the following 2 things when next trying them.

1. front hand out, relaxed, over the nose of your board - keep it there on the run in, in the air and on the run out.
2. Keep the head up looking forward. Focus on the lip, or object you want to jump over on the run in, as you reach this point transfer your focus point into the direction of travel and finally the landing.

See how you get on and come back when you feel you want some more to work on. (oh and forget worrying about what you might look like with you arm out, your learning so go with it, it's there for balance)
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Firstly, thanks for the sticky Snowolf.

A bit late I know but 'happy new year to all'

I have just added a couple of slow motion videos to complement the Ollie and Nollie how to's - here's the link How to ollie on a snowboard - step by step guide with pictures and video | Key Aspects Coaching

Shot out in Davos (Switzerland) - here for a month working with Synergy Snowsports so will hopefully get some more stuff up soon. The superpipe / park and conditions are gorgeous right now by the way!
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Your tutorials are well written and illustrated. Thanks.

360s up next?
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