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Old 01-10-2013, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've came to the fact that I hate all boxes. I don't know why but whenever I pull up on a box I either start slowing down because most boxes around my hill are sticky as hell. I usually kick my feet out, smash my shins on the edge and sprain my wrist every time I hit a box. Meanwhile I can ride the hell out of a rail and come off clean. Any tips for riding the box smoother ?
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Honestly it's hard to say what's wrong without video of your riding.

Are you trying to use an edge or turn while on the box? That's usually the common reason people fall on boxes because they aren't treating the box like a frictionless surface.

As long as you keep your body weight balanced and you keep your base flat against the box (no turning at all, even if you aren't lined up correctly you have to just go with it) you shouldn't be falling.

If the box is a little sticky you could try going faster. Sometimes going slower makes sticky boxes more sticky because you have less momentum going forward.

One other thing is to check your edges for burrs. This can cause you to catch on boxes if you have big burrs along the edge of your snowboard.
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More speed. Your brain says it wrong, but more speed makes it easier.
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The way i see it is if you don't dig your edges in or fight to stay on the box you wont hurt yourself. Keep a flat bass and just let the box take you where it takes you.
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Without understanding what's the real cause of "board sticking on the box", there is a solution that might work, but would require some pre-training. That is to to a tail-press on the box reducing the suface area (and presumably suction) that slows you down and messes you up.
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More speed. Your brain says it wrong, but more speed makes it easier.
So true. Something that helped me was to imagine that ~10-15 ft before (and after) the box, I enter a forcefield where I wasn't allowed to turn. I could wiggle and waggle all I want before the forcefield but once I enter the zone, no turning and no slowing down. I noticed that instead of turning, I responded to the uncomfortably faster speed by changing/correcting my body positioning. This silly mind trick has helped me tremendously with my park progression.
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So true. Something that helped me was to imagine that ~10-15 ft before (and after) the box, I enter a forcefield where I wasn't allowed to turn. I could wiggle and waggle all I want before the forcefield but once I enter the zone, no turning and no slowing down. I noticed that instead of turning, I responded to the uncomfortably faster speed by changing/correcting my body positioning. This silly mind trick has helped me tremendously with my park progression.


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Old 01-20-2013, 04:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Stay flat
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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A box is going to have more drag than a rail. This is especially going to be true in warmer weather with wet, slushy corn snow. As people hit the box, it will get a layer of water on the top and the surface tension creates this "sticky" feeling. The only thing I can say here is to try to anticipate the grab in these conditions. A structured base will help but sometimes conditions do make boxes just plaim too much work to ride. I have hit them fast on a warm spring day with a lot of water and it was like stomping velcro, sent me cartwheeling off the end of the thing.
Thats basically what happened to me. It was super sunny out and the top of the box had a thin layer of water. I found going a little quicker and pressing my tail helps slide along it a little better. Thanks for the replies ! ^^
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The first day I started hitting boxen, I had a draggy one that threw me off it onto my shoulder. The proximal cause was because the board was sticky, but the real reason was because I was standing too tall. Since I've been making sure that my knees are bent, I haven't bailed like that.
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