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Any tips on staying balanced while hitting ollie-ons?

One of my problems when I hit an ollie-on handrail is I slide off in a second. I am the epitome of "White Boy Can't Jump" and so if it is a fairly high rail, it takes all of my might just to get up and then I will lean too far forward and fall off. When I started learning ollie-on box rails I would try to aim my board for the edging. That helped me out and gave me pretty good balance, but handrails obviously aren't that big of a target and so I evidently fall off whether it's in the front or from behind. How can you practice balancing?!?!
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do you fall off to the side you jump on from or the side opposite of where you are ollie'ing onto from??? or both

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if you are slipping off toeside almost immediately, it sounds like you are jumping up at the rail rather than following a more natural trajectory which will take you down the rail as well. this also means you don't need to jump quite as high because you're landing on the rail where it will be a little lower.
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if you are slipping off toeside almost immediately, it sounds like you are jumping up at the rail rather than following a more natural trajectory which will take you down the rail as well. this also means you don't need to jump quite as high because you're landing on the rail where it will be a little lower.
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Any tips on how to do that? Lol if I just let my body "flow with it" I naturally want to do a fs noseslide.
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I just learned handrails a few weeks ago so I know exactly what you mean. My biggest tip is look where you want to go. When your comin up to the rail look at where your approaching then as you can start seeing down the rail look to the bottom and you will follow. It will feel really weird or scary not looking at where your jumping on to but when I do it I find its almost no problem at all making it. Good luck on it dude hope you get them on lock soon.
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Any tips on how to do that? Lol if I just let my body "flow with it" I naturally want to do a fs noseslide.
Like Bock E said in the previous comment, where you're looking matters. I do spot the rail because I have to see that I'm going to hit it, then shift my gaze towards the end of the rail or beyond. It is times when I catch myself looking down at my feet or somewhere else, that I fall off the rail too early.

You can kind of see what I mean here, although this video doesn't really have the best perspective and also it is a 180 on, but I would take basically the same approach to a front 50/50 on that rail.



I slip out a little early but this is because I'm still dialing in that 180. Watch it again though and you'll see that I don't really lock on to the rail until about 0:17, I'm definitely going a few feet down the rail before I'm actually on top of it and that's what I'm talking about.

This is a relatively short rail, but you can see how if you land a few feet further down the rail you're going more forward and less "up" when you pop off the lip. That should help you if you are suffering from white boy can't jump syndrome
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Like Bock E said in the previous comment, where you're looking matters. I do spot the rail because I have to see that I'm going to hit it, then shift my gaze towards the end of the rail or beyond. It is times when I catch myself looking down at my feet or somewhere else, that I fall off the rail too early.

You can kind of see what I mean here, although this video doesn't really have the best perspective and also it is a 180 on, but I would take basically the same approach to a front 50/50 on that rail.



I slip out a little early but this is because I'm still dialing in that 180. Watch it again though and you'll see that I don't really lock on to the rail until about 0:17, I'm definitely going a few feet down the rail before I'm actually on top of it and that's what I'm talking about.

This is a relatively short rail, but you can see how if you land a few feet further down the rail you're going more forward and less "up" when you pop off the lip. That should help you if you are suffering from white boy can't jump syndrome
Lol thanks, I see what you mean. His head was always looking at the bottom. I'm always looking at the very beginning of the rail because I am more focused on getting on then riding it out
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One thing I struggled with was getting locked into the rail and kept sliding off. I can't explain it very well, but goggling it will explain it.
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Virus you are also referring to a hand rail, more the smaller round ones right.

Try changing your approach angle it should pretty shallow.

Also you should be landing on the rail around 2-3 feet down the rail, not the very top. Your momentum is carrying you off the far side and when you fall off the same side you ollie on from your not getting your weight fully on the rail, a little bit of `not totally committed`.

If you have fair speed you may have to angle your board to kinda hit the rail then shift your weight up onto the rail. That angle very slight allows your board to absorb some of your forward momentum slowing you down to not slip off the rail.

Hope some of this helped

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i dont know if this will help but snowboardaddiction made their 50/50 video free on youtube.



At about the 6:20 mark they start to talk about ollie-ons. Maybe it will help you, sbaddiction has helped my riding out a lot.
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