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Old 02-24-2011, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need some tips for boxes/ rails

I have been snowboarding for over 10 years but this year I have decided to start hitting the boxes and rails in the park. I went out and bought a park specific rocker board and also gave the board a slight all around detune to the super sharp magnatraction edges.

For now, the only thing I have to show for it is a separated A/C joint in my shoulder. I can still ride but I have a lot more fear now when it comes to approaching the boxes.

I used to mostly do freeriding and all mountain freestyle type riding, so I am used to camber boards that require you to keep a consistent edge.

I injured my shoulder because I hit a technical box which was large and way beyond my skill level. I did ok on the flat section, but then there was a decline in the box. As soon as I hit the decline, I went on my toe edge out of old habit. I went flying off the box and separated my a/c.

So now I am trying to take it really easy and only ride small boxes that are flat and don’t require to be jumped on to. I have a hard time staying flat based on the box. The stance that I am running is 18 / -12, 22inch. I am 5'9.

What is the proper technique for box / rail riding?
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Keep the board flat on the box. Thats really all there is to it. If you start sliding off the side of a box be patient and don't rush getting off the box otherwise you risks having your feet slip out from under you.

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Old 02-24-2011, 04:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When you went onto your toe edge, were you doing a 50-50, sliding forwards, or sliding backwards?

When riding boxes or rails it's super important to keep the base of your board flat at all times. As soon as you get on edge, you will slide out.

So how do you keep your board flat on the rail?

Here's a few points to think about...

Commit. If you are scared, you won't commit, and you will likely slide out. If you are scared, start on a small feature where the consequences are low. Start small, get comfortable, then progress to something bigger.

Always stay perfectly balanced on your snowboard, with all your weight stacked over the board.

Your body should always be perpendicular to the rail. If the rail is on an angle, get your body perpendicular to the rail. If you are sliding forwards, get your weight forward. If you are sliding backwards, get your weight over your butt.

Edges. A big NO NO. Keep that board FLAT.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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And THIS is why I'm proceeding cautiously and conservatively in the park. I've got great medical coverage (beside just being Canadian), but I have a severe allergy to pain.

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One thing that helps me is to always look toward the end of the feature or beyond, never down at my feet.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by john doe View Post
Keep the board flat on the box. Thats really all there is to it. If you start sliding off the side of a box be patient...
For sure. And I think someone else mentioned the "don't look down at your feet". Looking down at your feet is an almost surefire way to end up on your ass. When you commit to the feature, look beyond the end of the feature. I know the instinct is to look down and make sure your footing is correct especially when starting out with boardslides, noseslides, etc., but you just have to trust yourself

Keep practicing on the smaller boxes or rails after a few sessions you will really get a feel for what it feels like when you are about to slip off early, or what it feels like when you don't "lock" on the feature. At first you are going to try and fight this feeling and try to balance it out but this almost never works. Once you know what it feels like, you should be able to smoothly decommit yourself and ride away unscathed. That's board control that comes with practice but you'll get it if you keep working on it!
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i started hitting a lot more rails and boxes this year too. Where I live, in wisconsin, I feel like we don't have a lot of good progression parks. When i go out west or east, i always come across these really short boxes and rails that are almost level with the snow. They are a great way to get a feel of how to ride flat on the feature without falling into sharp corners when you catch an edge (usually). If you find these features, take advantage of them. Don't think they are for kids and you look foolish going over them. Don't feel like you have to be on the cannon box 10 feet in the air.
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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YouTube - Learning to hit a fun box

Video of me doing a box at a local hill
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Good job
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I did it a bunch of times without falling but it looks in the video that m shoulders are not in line with the board. They are facing forward. How can I correct this?
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