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Old 02-06-2012, 11:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here is a short clip of my first attempts at jumping. I would like to iron out some of my bad habits. I've been following slyders jumping thread. I've also watched the snowboarding addiction intro to jumping and Snowwolfs jumping vid.

From what I see I need to work on:
1)Hitting the jumps with a little more speed
2)Hitting the jumps in a more athletic position
3)Pop off the lip
4)The times I did pull my legs up, I think i miss timed my landing and still landed straight legged.
5)quite my upper body.

It appears I need to work on all of ATML. Do you guys see anything else that I need to work on? Does it appear my shoulders are open or closed?

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Old 02-06-2012, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just general advice because I think all the shoulder stuff makes people overthink is that you need to keep your weight a little more centered. Also if you just suck up your knees when you come off the jump and bring them down when you land I think it will help.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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As far as washing out on your tail landing:
It is very easy to leave the lip of the jump with your weight in the backseat, especially if you are sketching even a little as you begin to get air, and is really really bad. Keep your weight centered, and don't be afraid to feel extra pressure on your front leg as it goes up the transition of the jump, this can even give the sensation of having your weight slightly forward.

Honestly those jumps are really small, and you can learn everything that you are trying to accomplish on those jumps, anywhere on the mountain. Side hits, rollers, ollie off the knuckle of bigger jumps, you can easily replicate the "air time" of these beginner jumps.

Not to chastise you for going small, I'm very slow and methodical with my own progression and do not hit big features by any means. The point is simply that all of the "technique" that is explained on the SA videos is going to make ALOT more sense in body feel as you execute it on a larger jump, rather than hitting a jump whose transisition is only 4 feet long. For example, mimicking the approach kinetics explained in the SA videos, especially regarding pop as you bend into the setup and pop off the lip, the timing changes drastically between a proper "kicker" that has a 20-40 foot setup, even for smaller jumps, compared to these ones you are hitting (if you start bending your knees when you hit the "setup" of these smaller jumps, the tip of your board is already off the lip and your timing is fucked).

Make sense? Just own those jumps in the video, pretend they are just natural features, confidence is your best weapon.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I think when youre new, you may want to squat a bit more at "take off". Which will give youa lowere center of gravity
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Where is this? These jumps look pretty haggard.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Is that place better than cascade?
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I like both. They both have pro's and con's. Last season I only went to Cascade. This season I've only gone to Devils head.
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Isn't chestnut much closer?
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Nah, chestnut is a little bit farther away.
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