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Old 12-25-2011, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Handrails and Kinked Rails?

Hey guys.
I was lapping the park at my local hill today just cruising and hitting the boxes and small rails.
I decided I wanted to start trying the handrail style features in my local park (no big ones set up yet just some small ones)
It took a few tries but I was finally able to get onto the rail and slide the entire thing.
I still feel like its very sketchy and I have a lot of work to do.
Do you guys have any tips for jumping on to handrail style features from the side other than come in at an angle.
As my hill sets up more features I wanna start to try the bigger rails once they have them.


Also today I kept getting sketched out while trying to get on to the Ollie on kink rail. Its not a huge rail but its a pretty decent sized down flat rail. Is there anything particularly different I need to do or should I just go for it? I was able to do smaller kink features last year and even the bigger ones that were Ollie on but those were boxes. I think its just the fact that its a legit rail that has me faked out. I keep thinking I'm gonna be off center on the kink and its gonna either flip me off backwards or slam me on my stomach.
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Old 12-25-2011, 07:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not much of rail guy myself and tend to stick with easy boxes. From the few that I have tried I think it is much easier to boardslide a hand rail than 50-50 them. I have not had much success staying one in a 50-50 when mounting from the side but the 90 or 270 on from the side into a boardslide feels more stable to me.
I did not try any kind of slides on purpose. I ACCIDENTLY went into front board the first attempt and it actually did not feel too bad (cept I cant do front boards)
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board slides are tons of fun and imo feel much cooler than 50/50. when doing a BS is just important to not lean forward or back too much or you will wash out. this is when the detuned edges become handy also.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I can do the down flat rail now (aka the donkey dick) and I am getting better at getting onto the hand rail.
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If you skated in your earlier days or still do, then that will help out a hell of a lot. And dont be a gaper and come into the rail with an angle and expect your board to magically get atop of the damn thing. no matter what (unless you really know what you're doing) stay completely parallel to the rail with a margin no greater than a foot and a half away from it. Your going to do an ollie that will not only get you elevated, but will bunny hop you towards the rail.

In the end street style featrues are the ultimate test to your ollie, kinks are really just a mind game and secondly test how well you can lock on to a rail. The more attempts you put into it the more comfortable you will become. Then you can look at all the street style features in the park and feel comfortable hitting any of them.
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If you skated in your earlier days or still do, then that will help out a hell of a lot. And dont be a gaper and come into the rail with an angle and expect your board to magically get atop of the damn thing. no matter what (unless you really know what you're doing) stay completely parallel to the rail with a margin no greater than a foot and a half away from it. Your going to do an ollie that will not only get you elevated, but will bunny hop you towards the rail.

In the end street style featrues are the ultimate test to your ollie, kinks are really just a mind game and secondly test how well you can lock on to a rail. The more attempts you put into it the more comfortable you will become. Then you can look at all the street style features in the park and feel comfortable hitting any of them.
I am getting over the kinked rail sketching me out. Once I'm on it its easy.
As for the street style rail I realize that I am coming at it at a slight angle but nothing insane. I feel like I can lock onto it pretty good and want to start trying some front boards or front lips on it (I hate backside rail tricks) I will be getting a lot of practice in over the next few days.
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the only piece of advice i can offer is once youre on the rail, if it doesnt feel right dont freak out. just keep your balance steady and let yourself slide off. squirming around or shifting your weight quickly will almost always end badly
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the only piece of advice i can offer is once youre on the rail, if it doesnt feel right dont freak out. just keep your balance steady and let yourself slide off. squirming around or shifting your weight quickly will almost always end badly
To be honest after doing it a few times the fear factor is just gone mainly because I KNOW I can do it. I am getting much better at locking in to my 50-50 down the rail and want to start to try more advanced slides on it.
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Progressing a lot. Can get on to all the street style features in the park and learned frontside 3's off the down flat rail.
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Progressing a lot. Can get on to all the street style features in the park and learned frontside 3's off the down flat rail.
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