I am 5'9, 165 lbs, ride 157 board, +15/-15, 21 inch wide. I have two problems:
1. I can pop easily 2 feet but I can only Ollie about 2 inches off ground. I have difficulty putting even weight on back foot to start the Ollie. Is this because I ride -15 on back foot? Would switching this to 0 make ollie easier. Would making stance wider or smaller make this easier?
2. When I am on a box, I would like to 180 off. But I fell paralized when riding flat base. I often stall out in the air and can only get I couple of inches off the ground no matter which type of jumping method I use. Should I Ollie or pop off the box to get the 180.
I appreciate any help with this.
1. I'm 5'9" 155 lbs, I ride 15/-15, 21 inch wide myself on a 155 cm board and it really sounds like you have technique issues. I can ollie more than 2 on a 178 cm board riding +60/+55, 19.5" wide. It's really about timing and body control which you need to practice.
2. Again, it sound like you just haven't progressed far enough yet to do this trick if you still stall out air 180s and can only get a few inches off the ground on jumps.
Before you should try 50-50 to 180 off a box, you should be able to do the following progression:
- 50-50 (check),
- a clean 180 (definitely sounds like no), preferable both frontside and backside.
- a switch 50-50 (my guess is no)
To avoid stalling a frontside 180, you have to point your back shoulder to the front while in the air (your legs will follow). This is really easy to practice at home. Just stand in snowboard stance, then hop a 180, but focus on getting your back shoulder to rotate all the way around until it is the new "front" shoulder. Here is a video I took at a board sports trampoline class
that shows what it looks like (just the first 5 seconds and I apologize for the background music).
For backside 180s, same idea... in this case you should make sure you front shoulder rotates all that way until it is pointing back along your direction of travel. You also need to be spotting (or looking) either back at the snow behind your tail, or at the snow between your feet... this is why it is a "blind rotation" as you have to look away from the direction you are going in. Many people make the mistake of always stare downhill... so their shoulders stop rotating in the air... and their rotation stalls.
Ok... you really need to master the above stuff first, but here's something to look forward to...
One way to do a 50-50 180 out, is to wind up for a frontside 180 with your shoulders (just counter-twist you shoulder/arms in the opposite direction), just pop/ride onto the box with them in that position, just hold hold hold the shoulders (don't open them up and turn your chest towards the end of the box) until you reach the end. Then let your shoulder unwind as you nose leaves the end of the box and the 180 will come naturally.