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Old 01-24-2011, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a bigger guy, and I want to do big air like everyone else. I am athletic, strong and very motivated. I just don't get air like everyone else. Should I hit the jump faster? Should I go anorexic? Maybe I should just get super drunk and go warp speed at the jumps?



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Old 01-24-2011, 10:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am a bigger guy, and I want to do big air like everyone else. I am athletic, strong and very motivated. I just don't get air like everyone else. Should I hit the jump faster? Should I go anorexic? Maybe I should just get super drunk and go warp speed at the jumps?



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Define your body type? I would urge caution going 'warp speed' lol, but it's really difficult to offer any real advice without seeing you/riding with you in person.

Maybe you just need to step it up a notch with respect to kickers? I know that I felt the same way as you did years ago but one day decided to step it up and hit some huge kickers and honestly, they just naturally put you in the air. Don't charge 'em like a bat out of hell because you run the risk of missing the transition all together on the landing, but don't speed check like the po po on the interstate either because you risk landing on the table.

Just wear a helmet, ok.
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I wouldn't recommend getting smashed then hucking some jumps, save that for apres after you stomp a trick. Speed will definitely help you go far and bigger, but you need to get more comfortable in the air first, as speed can also be scary. I would suggest learning how to "pop" off jumps instead of just coasting. Popping helps you get a lot more air when changing nothing else (size of jump and speed). Crouch down, bending your knees when going up the jump and just as you're about to clear the lip, "pop" by pushing off the lip, extending your legs. When you're in the air, be sure to stay compact (centered and knees bent).

Ollieing will also help you get more air, but I would suggest trying this off of cat tracks and side hits first.

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Difference in weight has no effect on trajectory between two riders hitting the same jump with the same velocity.
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Difference in weight has no effect on trajectory between two riders hitting the same jump with the same velocity.
I was a physics major.....This statement is completely wrong . It is called inertia. Thanks
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Because you weight is higher than those other guys, you can go faster as resistance has less effect on your speed, and because you're stronger (as you said you were atletic) you just need to pop really hard, so bend your knees and JUMP of the lip, with both feet or with an ollie, but ollie'ing might be difficult as it's hard to stay balanced at big kickers.

Those two things will do the job, but do it with care. You don't want to go too fast, being off-balance and land totally wrong, so take small steps up every time!
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I was a physics major.....This statement is completely wrong . It is called inertia. Thanks
You'll need to explain yourself if you're going to correct someone. Unless you're talking about wind resistance, gravity acts the same regardless of mass.
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Do not get drunk and just go warp speed off jumps, you will end up in the hospital. What is your skill level when it comes to jumps? Big jumps are not something you just decide to do one day, you need to work your way up to them.
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I am a bigger guy, and I want to do big air like everyone else. I am athletic, strong and very motivated. I just don't get air like everyone else. Should I hit the jump faster? Should I go anorexic? Maybe I should just get super drunk and go warp speed at the jumps?



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Being 6' 200lbs I am by no means the smallest guy out there. I've been riding for 4 years now, and this year was my first attempt at a 8-10' tabletop. I've been working on jumping for the last two seasons. All I can say is take baby steps when it comes to jumping. You have to remember that those boys/gals hitting 25+ kickers did not wake up one day and just decide to go for it. They put time into learning on the small stuff and transitioning to the larger stuff. I may start working on the 20 footer at my local hill later this year, but I guran-damn-tee ya that I am not going to hit it at the proper speed. I will probably hit it slow and land on the table-top a few times, and get used to the feel of the jump. Granted there comes to a point where you have to build a little courage and self confidence to move on to the next step. But take it slow.
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You'll need to explain yourself if you're going to correct someone. Unless you're talking about wind resistance, gravity acts the same regardless of mass.
lmfao! you physics guys crack me up. on a not-so-much more serious note, it would be great if this forum would allow side-threads - like a side room to the thread in question - where all the people who want to debate any side issues could thrash it out and come back into the main room/thread with a winner - the definitive answer as decided by the Head of MIT's Physics Faculty. If we got that shit figured out i think most of the time i'm online you'd find me in the physics side-room laughing my ass off!
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