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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-25-2011, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Starting Jumps. Spins in the future?

So i started hitting table top jumps today. They were about 5 feet long. It was pretty exciting, and super frustrating. I thought it would be easy cheese to start hitting jumps and adding in some spins. I can do 180's/360's on the flats. I just can't seem to link the jump and a spin. I was having a little bit of trouble even getting a good jump off. I felt weird in the air. I've watched snow-wolfs video on jumping and i think I'm doing everything he suggested. Anyone have any tricks to building up confidence with jumps?

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Just keep jumping. I felt really uncomfortable in the air at the end of last season (lots of flailing and falling), and now i am super comfy in the air on larger jumps (little to no arm waving). Just concentrate on strait airs for now, until you get those down really well before you start spinning.

Start on small jumps and move up when you feel comfy. I find that actually poping (not ollying) at the lip helped me feel more like i'm not being launched as much for some reason.

Just jump jump and jump some more. It really is something that comes with time, there is no magic recipie to become comfortable in the air.

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I was impatient with jump progress and then outpatient at E.R. Take your time and acclimate. Think about it...you are off the frigging ground...of course it takes some time to get used to!
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Being someone who is starting jumps too, I must agree with everyone. I went off a 20 foot kicker on wednesday and went for a 3 before landing pretty hard on my back. I learned my lesson and I am going to stick to the smaller stuff for now

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Video tape yourself, it really is nice to see and show others to help pinpoint what is going right/wrong.
I'm in same boat. I thought I would be throwing 3's by this time of the year, haahahaaa not so. I'm still trying to nail straight airs consistently.

Start small, get them solid and keep adding from their. Grabs, shifties, then slowly move to a little bigger jump and start again getting everything down solid.

Keep us posted and post a video.

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I went the path of SPAZ last time up and was hucking back 3's off a 20-footer and landing multiple times on my back and chest, and even over-rotated to a 540 and faceplant. Good times good times, especially since i'm 17 and made of rubber haha but i think if i ever want to actually land them i'll have to progress properly.

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I think the only issue right now is that you may be trying to progress too fast. Get straight airs down comfortable before trying spins...
Sound advice, but my experience was the opposite. i could land 180s all day before i could land a strait air. The only reason i could think of is because during a 180, im concentrating on the rotation, spotting the landing, and it generally keeps me occupied while in the air. When i was just trying to strait air over a jump i would get Air man arms and beef it because i would get unstable.

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5 feet sounds a bit small to get good air time, but it depends on how good it's built. Definitely focus on grabs and shifty's so you'll have something to do in the air before progressing on to spins.
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Sound advice, but my experience was the opposite. i could land 180s all day before i could land a strait air. The only reason i could think of is because during a 180, im concentrating on the rotation, spotting the landing, and it generally keeps me occupied while in the air. When i was just trying to strait air over a jump i would get Air man arms and beef it because i would get unstable.
I would recommend trying a simple indy (back hand on toe edge) while you're in the air. Some people find that it keeps them more stable.
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do the Hail Mary approach: aim down, hope for the best...
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