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Halfpipe alley oop advice and landing blind?

So I stared riding the halfpipe this season. I am from Calgary, so we have an olympic size 22ft pipe here. I am also a regular footed rider. I can get air on both sides of the pipe (usually between 1 to 5 feet, above the top), I can do switch airs to fakies and I can front side 360s on the right side wall of the pipe (which is go up regular, do a 270 in the air and land switch; if I am correct).

Yesterday, I wanted to try to learn the ally opp. However I just could not convince my body to turn the right direction. I find when doing a regular 180, you have downward momentum to help you turn. Where as the ally opp your body naturally wants to go in the opposite dirrection.

I don't really want to try to learn the ally opp half way up the pipe, because you will then need to ollie. Which could potentially become a very dangerous habbit once I bring it to the top of the pipe.

I'm really stuck on what should I do. Any help would be nice.

....And does anyone have advice on landing spins which land blind in the pipe?
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So I stared riding the halfpipe this season. I am from Calgary, so we have an olympic size 22ft pipe here. I am also a regular footed rider. I can get air on both sides of the pipe (usually between 1 to 5 feet, above the top), I can do switch airs to fakies and I can front side 360s on the right side wall of the pipe (which is go up regular, do a 270 in the air and land switch; if I am correct).

Yesterday, I wanted to try to learn the ally opp. However I just could not convince my body to turn the right direction. I find when doing a regular 180, you have downward momentum to help you turn. Where as the ally opp your body naturally wants to go in the opposite dirrection.

I don't really want to try to learn the ally opp half way up the pipe, because you will then need to ollie. Which could potentially become a very dangerous habbit once I bring it to the top of the pipe.

I'm really stuck on what should I do. Any help would be nice.

....And does anyone have advice on landing spins which land blind in the pipe?
Alley-oop is the same as a backside 360 on a flat jump, you don't land blind.

The key to the alley oop is keeping a good toeside edge in up the wall (just get the edge engaged and holding, do not try to carve a hard turn up the wall), that will give a good stable platform to spin from - after that, like I said, it's just a backside 360 (if you don't know how to do that, practice that on a jump first).

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Thanks for all the advice guys. Its actually a bit hard to find good half pipe advice on the web.

Whats ironic is a day before i got yours guys advice. On my last run i landed a 360 into a switch 360(super stoked, first time i tried a switch 360... and i landed it), so on my last hit i decided "what the heck, im going to throw a alley oop".

Next thing i know, i am waking up on the ground, shoulder killing me.

I have a 3rd degree shoulder separation. Looks like i am out for a couple of weeks.

All i do now, is sit on the couch; checking out 2013 gear tread... and thinking about, how much money i need to save for next season gear, i want some flows.
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Sorry I don't have any helpful advise, but I just started to use COP's pipe the last week and thought it was a little bit of an odd coincidence we both ended up on t his forum.
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