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summer snowboarding ramps/jib setups....
hey all...I've been lurking around here and soaking up as much info
as I can about snowboarding skills so I can improve quickly but
efficiently.....umm well, and safely.....lol
anyway...this coming season will be my 5th season and I am doing
everything I can to improve--even in the off season.
well,....that includes building a ramp that I can practice on
and also doing alot of balance training .....like I said,...ANYTHING
that will help me improve for when I hit the slopes this winter.
I will say that my riding is pretty decent...I can do a so so 360
(needs alittle polishing, but I can do it and understand the concept)
I can ride rails but have not gotten into 180'ing on or off yet..
(thus the interest in practicing on the ramp). I can ride switch well
and am comfortable on my board just shreddin' down the hill and hitting
20-30' kickers/ straight airs/ solid 180's/ etc.
sooooo.....after all that...lol.....my question is as follows for anyone that might have some insight into what my problem is when I
go off the drop on my ramp I built.
The top of the platform is alittle over 6' tall....and the actual drop
is around 45 degrees, and about 8' to the bottom. At the bottom of the drop, it tapers and flattens (kinda rounded) for about 5', then
tapers up for about another 4' and ends in a small kicker about 15"
off the ground. I have a strip of hdpe lattice on the drop surface,
and another wider piece at the bottom of the drop going into the
jump, but it ends about 5' from the jump where the surface is blue
astro turf only.
So,...my question is this.....when I leave the platform and start
heading down the drop.....I usually make it off the takeoff ramp fine,
but once and awhile I catch my heelside edge and eat shit...lol
what I want to know is....am I going down the drop trying to stay
flat based and this is what is causing me to fall from time to time?
should I be like slightly on the balls of my feet but not on the toeside edge?.....I have watched video after video of people going down their ramps and to me it looks like they are just slightly over
the toeside edge of the board with their leading shoulder slightly turned toward the heelside edge. I am really wanting to understand
what I'm doing wrong.....and I think it has to do with how I'm positioning my body weight......like I should be on the balls of my feet but not on the edge.....does that make sense?...and please feel
free to input your ideas on the physics of this problem.....
the thing is that when you leave the platform to the time you leave
the ramp...it's such a short time.....three or four seconds......very little time to think about what's happening....but I think I may be on the right track in thinking about the body positioning and the board trajectory......thanks for any thoughts on this!
oh and did I tell you I'm in love with snowboarding?....hahahaha!