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Old 03-25-2012, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,took a shitty cam out with me and did the best I could to capture a few tricks, angle is not the best but I needed access to start/stop the camera since my film crew is busy with Travis Rice etc etc... lol. Anyways, I wanted to get another angle as well and also get some street style rails and some boxes but the battery died.

My critique after watching myself... Go faster and hold my grabs longer. Although from the angle its tough to tell but I did clear the knuckle with no issue every time but I definitely could send it deeper. I actually thought I was holding my grabs longer, but the video doesn't lie... I will work on that next time I'm out. This was my first day spinning more than 1's off this jump,the timing was very different than the 15'ers I'm user too, I was barely spinning at all, I am sure 5's would not be tough... next season. Still - not bad for an old man?




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Old 03-25-2012, 01:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I guess I don't know how to embed video:

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Old 03-25-2012, 02:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Rabbit hill what an awesome place. theres some real talent there....

try tucking your knees more you will find your spins will be more fluid and you will automatically begin to have bigger amplitude that and grabs will be much easier . for tips just watch the guys at rabbit some of those guys are insane!
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ya I noticed the bent over deal too, video is so telling... Thats really why I did this so I could see where to improve. I never actually considered that being the reason I was coming off the 50/50's, I assumed I was just jumping too far over or getting the wrong angle. Funny enough my FS spins suffer from inconsistency and unbalance, so perhaps you are bang on. I have been working on getting my knees up more, and it's getting better but the video shows I have room to improve there for sure, especially if I want to spin 5's next season. Some of that is just from being old and not very flexible lol, if I look stiff it's because I am... my IT bands are like steel rods.

Thanks for the critique.

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Old 03-25-2012, 08:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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On the rail you kind of look a bit Tin Man. Fluidity will come with time because as you get comfortable from practice, you'll relax more etc. Maybe hit them a little slower? You seem to be fighting for balance.

No frontside spins? If you can chuck back 3's of a wedge that big (looks like 25+ foot?), you should be able to spin frontside, too. I (personally) make a mental checklist and make sure to hit a few frontside and backside stuff every time on the hill because I have the tendency to whore certain tricks which limits my improvement in other areas. I've just worked it into my warmup routine and I switch it up. I know, making a checklist for snowboarding sounds lame, and it kind of is, but it helps me make sure I'm not limiting my freestyle riding to only certain things. Might work for you.

I know mute it's an easy grab when going backside, but switching it up might be a good idea. Also, on your second backside 1, I notice you tried to grab really early and immediately had to bail, looked more unstable than your other 1's (which looked legit) and you ended up biffing on the knuckle. I think you are trying to grab before you are really set up and it screwed up your takeoff which is why you looked unstable and crashed. Don't rush the grab.

The last thing I noticed is you kind of flail when opening up and releasing the grab landing your back 3's. I don't think there's anything you can do for this, just keep hitting those and it'll naturally clean itself up as you get really used to it.

I hope this doesn't come off as harsh because overall your riding is very solid and you have a good base to expand on. I would imagine next year you'll be chucking 540 rodeos, 7's and doing some gnarly rail stuff so keep it up!
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I agree you look alot more advanced on jumped than on rails. I also notice bent over at the waist thing (but only on heel side. toe side looks fine). It might be why you look little sketch on the approach to the jump (since you started approach on heelside turn). Work on your heelside carve. it will give you more control coming off the jump leading to better control in air. Just learn to carve on your heelside on regular trail or ride half pipe. (pull your shoulder back so as result you are little more upright) It will help you tons on jumps. Just nick picking since your jumps look ver solid. I would have never thought this was your first day doing 3's. they look really solid. As far as rails, I am in no position to give any advice since i am awful.
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CheeseforSteeze's statement definitely is true. just keep on riding as much as possible because last year i was at your skill level and now im doing Rodeo 540's, 720's, Tamedogs, and 270 off or on rails.
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On the rail you kind of look a bit Tin Man. Fluidity will come with time because as you get comfortable from practice, you'll relax more etc. Maybe hit them a little slower? You seem to be fighting for balance.

No frontside spins? If you can chuck back 3's of a wedge that big (looks like 25+ foot?), you should be able to spin frontside, too. I (personally) make a mental checklist and make sure to hit a few frontside and backside stuff every time on the hill because I have the tendency to whore certain tricks which limits my improvement in other areas. I've just worked it into my warmup routine and I switch it up. I know, making a checklist for snowboarding sounds lame, and it kind of is, but it helps me make sure I'm not limiting my freestyle riding to only certain things. Might work for you.

I know mute it's an easy grab when going backside, but switching it up might be a good idea. Also, on your second backside 1, I notice you tried to grab really early and immediately had to bail, looked more unstable than your other 1's (which looked legit) and you ended up biffing on the knuckle. I think you are trying to grab before you are really set up and it screwed up your takeoff which is why you looked unstable and crashed. Don't rush the grab.

The last thing I noticed is you kind of flail when opening up and releasing the grab landing your back 3's. I don't think there's anything you can do for this, just keep hitting those and it'll naturally clean itself up as you get really used to it.

I hope this doesn't come off as harsh because overall your riding is very solid and you have a good base to expand on. I would imagine next year you'll be chucking 540 rodeos, 7's and doing some gnarly rail stuff so keep it up!
I feel as stiff on rails as I look, its just not my comfort zone. I hit boxes, tubes and street style rails but I just need to do more of it, this year was the first time hitting anything other than a flat box.

As for FS - I can do FS 3's, just not as well so I leave them on the 15 footers for now... last thing I need at my age is a big crash off a 25.... when I feel confident with them I'll move them to the bigger jump.

I do switch up the grabs quite a bit actually, just today I was trying to work on my timing off the bigger jump and didn't want the grab to be a part of the thought process, hence mute all day lol. Definitely can try and be more patient with the grabs, it doesn't feel rushed but I can see it on the tape.

The flail on landing - my biggest disgust with this footy... I really reach for the landing with my feet and throw my arms up. I think I need to hold my grab longer and just stay compressed... I'll have to watch some videos of guys like Mark Mcmorris and Seb Toots... these guys are so compressed the whole time.

I did't take any of this as harsh, If I was worried about that I wouldn't put it on here. I appreciate the honesty and the input... I want to get better not stay the same.

Thanks!
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I agree you look alot more advanced on jumped than on rails. I also notice bent over at the waist thing (but only on heel side. toe side looks fine). It might be why you look little sketch on the approach to the jump (since you started approach on heelside turn). Work on your heelside carve. it will give you more control coming off the jump leading to better control in air. Just learn to carve on your heelside on regular trail or ride half pipe. (pull your shoulder back so as result you are little more upright) It will help you tons on jumps. Just nick picking since your jumps look ver solid. I would have never thought this was your first day doing 3's. they look really solid. As far as rails, I am in no position to give any advice since i am awful.
Sorry - not first day doing 3's - just off a jump this big. I think what your seeing on my heelside is simply me being uncomfortable hitting a big jump and being a bit freaked to get my setup carve right lol.. I assure you when I am just freeriding my carving is quite strong
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Oh, gotcha on he grab thingy. I have natural safety grab, too, usually indy on frontside or stalefish on straight airs and backside.

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I want to get better not stay the same.
That's pretty much all ya need right there. There are technical details here and there but I think once a rider has learned front/back 3's, everything else is just a matter of time, commitment and work. And fun! Most important ingredient.
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