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Old 01-29-2011, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If you can do 3's on rollers, flat grounds, etc. does it make it easier when going off jumps?

In other words, is it easier to do 3's on the hill than on the jumps? I just started trying 3's on flat lands/rollers and stuff, but am a little hesitant to take it into the park. Surely if you can do a 3 on a small roller, you can do it off a jump? or is the mechanic totally different.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Doing it off rollers gives you the muscle memory and partial technique, but it is pretty different off of a jump. If you weren't already on your edges on rollers, you need to get on them with jumps. Toe side for a backside spin, heel side for a frontside spin. You need to really spot your landing and not huck as hard. You need a lot more pre-wind off of a roller than on a jump. Goodluck with your 3's man
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The park is the best place to learn the 360 in my opinion. The jumps may look intimidating at first but once you get over your initial fear the jumps and landings are usually much safer than backcountry kickers and rollers. Most resorts have a park crew that design jumps for all skill levels that are ideal for learning new tricks.

Also, doing 360s on flat land requires you to whip the board around as fast as you can, which is not the same movement you need to do off a 10 ft jump in the park. When attempting a 360 on a park jump you want to come up to the lip on your edge, pop off evenly with both legs, start your rotation by looking around your shoulder and most importantly (IMO) suck your knees up and don't let them down until you're ready to land. I found that if I didn't bend my knees and bring my board up I would open my body and stop rotating at 270.

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Old 01-29-2011, 11:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The big difference between flatland/rollers and a built jump will be the angles of the take off and landing. If you can see in your head how to handle that then you should be good.
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's definitely helps for muscle memory but the park is a whole different animal.

Check out our free instructional vid on spinning 3s in the park

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