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Old 01-07-2011, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy New to freestyle, need PRO to help clear some things

Hello everyone, who's reading this Personally I would love someone who's very good at snowboarding to help me understand some stuff about tricks

So, I just began tricking with my board (moth~). Well I can jump and land properly (usually ) I never tried boxes or rails, but scared as hell I saw every single tutorial about freestyle tricking on youtube and surfed the entire forum The problem is: What should I do in air? Should I go fast than try something, like touching board with my hand? I can't slide backwards ( with another foot in front) Should I learn? And do I need to master it or just enought not to fall? How should I change foots? Easily by jump and spin? (I can do that, but i fall cuz can't slide on another foot) SO basically I just need to go and try everything or there are some tactics? Actually I'm very scared to improvise in air, cuz it may put me in hospital Thanks for help!
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am just past you in learning freestyle.

If i were you i would do ground tricks till you have excellent board control (to the point of if you mess up you can save the trick and ride out from it
I would do that because when you do get to the point to were you are hittiing rails and something goes wrong you will have the skills to get off the rail. Lets say you cand spin, pop, olie, noli, butter, and press on the ground. When you get to the rail that is what you will be tryin to do. If you cant do them on the ground i wouldnt try them in the air or on a rail.

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Old 01-07-2011, 11:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Definitely learn how to ride switch (with another foot in front). The sooner you do this the better you'll be, all around. It is difficult at first and you have to commit to it because it's so much easier just to revert to your normal riding stance. But spend a day or so doing mostly switch riding.

When you're comfortable riding in the switch position, then I would say you can work on the different ways of getting in to that stance: You can jump/hop/ollie to the switch position, but you don't need to. You can just carve/turn in to the switch position, or you can butter in to it which would be sliding on one end of your board while raising the other end and rotating. You'll have to youtube this because it's difficult to explain.

You will also want to do jumps from the switch position but this shouldn't be done until you've done all of the above probably.

In the meantime keep working on ollies (on flat land) and on doing jumps from regular stance. When you are to the point where you land them consistently, then you can add a grab. Safe grabs are like Indy (back hand grabs between bindings on toeside of your board) or melon (front hand grabs between bindings on heelside of the board).
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