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Old 03-23-2011, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Real quick about me, I've been boarding since I was 18 (34 now) but I took off the last 5 years due to an ankle injury. This year I got all new gear (skate banana, burton missions, burton hail boots) to replace my old crap. I've been boarding about 10 times this year, concentrating mostly on the park.

I've made great progress in the park this year. For the first time I've hit boxes, rails, cliff jumps, table top jumps and regular kickers. I've stuck to the smaller features so far. I need a little more confidence for the larger rails and boxes that require that you ollie on to them from the side, as opposed to the smaller features that you can ollie strait on to.

Anyway I've had a few recurring problems with some boxes and rails. Every once in a while I will tend to rock too far back onto my heel edge which will make my board immediately kick out, dropping me on my ass. Is there any advice other than don't rock back too far on the heel edge? Any way to save it when the board starts to kick out? For park riding I usually take out some of the binding forward lean.

Also any advice for getting onto the larger features? The only feature I have been able to hit, that I couldn't jump strait onto, was a down rail. On the videos it looks so easy and smooth. When I get up to the features I tend to chicken out last minute because the rail or whatever seems to high to ollie onto. Any advice?
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not rocking back too far and reducing forward lean is a good start. I'm not sure if it will work for you, but when I feel i am too heel egde heavy on some tricks I remined myself to ensure that my toes are also flush against the feature. Also check to see that your centre of gravity is over your board - i usually do a knee, hip, shoulder and head check to see if everything is stacked up nicely and not leaning too much either way (get someone to video or watch you, it helps alot). Since you been boarding when you were 18 until now, I dont know why you are asking all this or why I am bothering to reply. It prob isnt even useful to you.

The larger features are about growing a larger pair really. Im a big fan of working my way up slowly. Confidence is only helpful when it goes hand in hand with ability. Hubris is when you cross that line. Rather be riding small and medium features all season long than a big feature once ....
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not rocking back too far and reducing forward lean is a good start. I'm not sure if it will work for you, but when I feel i am too heel egde heavy on some tricks I remined myself to ensure that my toes are also flush against the feature. Also check to see that your centre of gravity is over your board - i usually do a knee, hip, shoulder and head check to see if everything is stacked up nicely and not leaning too much either way (get someone to video or watch you, it helps alot). Since you been boarding when you were 18 until now, I dont know why you are asking all this or why I am bothering to reply. It prob isnt even useful to you.

The larger features are about growing a larger pair really. Im a big fan of working my way up slowly. Confidence is only helpful when it goes hand in hand with ability. Hubris is when you cross that line. Rather be riding small and medium features all season long than a big feature once ....
Words of wisdom right there.

I always talk myself into hitting larger stuff, but getting out for a couple of weeks a year due to living in the UK there's only so quickly you can progress and hearing about a guy breaking his pelvis on the first day of the trip when I got to the mountains in Jan just confirms to me that i'd rather progress slow and steady then going big and going home in an ambulance...
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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When I started back in the day I only did free riding. I had to take 5 years off due to a motorcycle accident. Now that I'm back at it, I've been hitting the parks for the first time. So in that respect i'm a noob.

I'm heading to VT in a few days hopefully I'll bring my nut sack with me.
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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That instant where we decide to man-up and hit something we are scared of and actually land the damn thing is a huge part of what makes up the stoke we get from snowboarding. If it is at all possible, you may wish to entertain a minimal level of safety gear, say a helmet and rail guard, ass and elbow pads if u can be bothered. May not be your style, but keeps you riding longer.
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