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Old 03-12-2011, 06:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,
this year I spent a bit more time in the park with the instructor (I am not a fan of park).
I am not scared of height or jumps, I use to dive into the water from 35 feet, head first.
I rationalize it's almost two distinct kinds of fear: being too fast before the jump, then fear of landing in the wrong way since in the air I feel getting more speed. FOr this reason I try to brake as soon as I touch ground, falling down in most cases.

Consider I am also not an expert, so I am not comfortable in riding switch, and I am getting used to go fast on flat using my edges rather than going board-flat. I still remember how painful it was the first week every time I was on the flat. So I am also thinking my fear at the lending is the fact that I am supposed to land flat, then I try to stay on an edge.
Watching vids, it seems pros are floating in the air, but I am sure they are going freakingly fast.

It's just practice? is there any hint/suggestion you might share? should I forgo my instinct to stop as soon as I land?
thanks a lot in advance
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's just practice? is there any hint/suggestion you might share? should I forgo my instinct to stop as soon as I land?
thanks a lot in advance


You're right on track. You don't want to speed check too quickly after stomping. Makes sure to ride 10-20 feet (if you've got it) and get your legs back under you before you react. It's not a bad idea to hold a minor edge, either. Nothing too deep, but a little will help ensure you're tracking correctly.

One way to practice this would be to find a natural step down of some degree. Doesn't need to be huge, just a small drop where you can ride/ollie off. Practice hitting it and engaging a sidewall within the first couple feet of landing. This doesn't mean to turn, just to make sure you're not completely flat. You already mentioned that you do this, so keep at it.

Also of note, being able to conquer the fear is just as important as muscle memory at high speed. If you're not comfortable yet, give it more time. Even the most veteran riders can get wrapped around a tree. Take your time and ride safe.
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If you aren't feeling comfortable, there is usually a very good reason. In your case, it seems as though you are not comfortable at high speeds yet. No matter how much you do not fear heights, this is only a small part of successfully completing jumps. My suggestion to you would be, stay out of the park for a little and get really comfortable at high speeds. Without that comfort, there is no way that you are ever going to be comfortable on jumps because clearing jumps requires speed. Don't rush into anything. The key to park riding is having good fundamentals.
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yea just get used to riding fast and maybe start with some smaller jumps and work your way up.
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lol. my first time in the park today, my brother put me straight on a box until i got it right. he's havin me do repeated 360's (on the ground) to get used to riding switch.
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lol. my first time in the park today, my brother put me straight on a box until i got it right. he's havin me do repeated 360's (on the ground) to get used to riding switch.
If you do a 360 how are you riding switch?

Fact of the matter is you don't have edge control which is a key fundamental in riding park. Any rider worth a damn knows how to go fast on edge and control the board, you haven't gotten to that level of comfort.
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Thanks to above post I am now secure that my riding is worth a damn, thank you breckenridge avenger... btw Grand Timber Lodge and Empire Burger is the shit.

P.S. Can I live with you?

P.P.S. Like even in a tent outside in your yard.

P.P.P.S. Please?
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im working my way up, rails/boxes first, then little jumps then a combo of both then huge features. still learning to ride fast, things get sketchy when your not wearing a helmet to protect your noggin.
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Thanks to above post I am now secure that my riding is worth a damn, thank you breckenridge avenger... btw Grand Timber Lodge and Empire Burger is the shit.

P.S. Can I live with you?

P.P.S. Like even in a tent outside in your yard.

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Empire burger sucks ass and GTL is a fucking eyesore.
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hmmm, i think thats a yes?
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