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Old 01-26-2013, 04:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Don't know how much it'll help, but when I started doing grabs in tramp training it was pretty comical the first couple of tries. Came damned close to landing on my head. Maybe 5 minutes of trying to grab the soles of my feet and it started to come together. If you can get onto a trampoline for a couple of minutes it might be enough to figure out the balance.
Not crazy at all, that's what the freestyle skiers use to train. Aren't there jump schools out there that let you strap a board on your feet and use the trampoline in a harness?!?
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The best method for approaching a jump on the takeoff ramp is to flex (squat) before starting up the ramp then slowly extend as you ride up the ramp. Just before the front foot hits the lip, finish this extension with the pop.

This slow extension going up the ramp actually increases forward speed slightly and helps the rider maintain their forward momentum. This means a more stable takeoff and a bit more air. This technique is also used in the half pipe and is often referred to as " pumping the tranny".
I was hitting the smaller jump in Young Guns on Seymour all day today. Was having trouble clearing the knuckle. I finally remembered this advice and decided to try it. Amazing difference! It was like someone had put a trampoline under me. I immediately started clearing the knuckle and then some. And it was almost without effort.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the awesome replies, I have a nasty suspicion that my love of beer and rapidly closing on 40 is not helping. I got no problem with some good airtime, can shifty the 30 footers, its just that last couple inches reaching for the deck in midair that is so sketchy.

I used to be good at it on a skateboard..wtf fat old man...

doesn't help Loveland has not yet built a jump this year...kinda hard to practice.....
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Somehting I haven't seen here yet is to keep your knees up/bent, don't extend your legs out reaching for the ground, relax and let it come to you and have a nice soft knees bent touch down.

For grabs, get your knees up to your chest, try looking down at your board so you can spot your grab off maller jumps until to get used to this. It's a lot easier to grab when you can see it, but first you need to get your knees up. Try hitting a few jumps and practice just pulling it into your chest and get that feeling down, then add the grabs and the board should just be there.
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"pumping the tranny"
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I seem to have a lot of issue with pop. NO idea why and its driving me nuts. I dont know if I am trying to just ollie (I can ollie fine) off or and just starting too early. I dont get any pop but I do feel like a dead weight.
Same issue off rollers. I am getting really mad at myself here.
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I seem to have a lot of issue with pop. NO idea why and its driving me nuts. I dont know if I am trying to just ollie (I can ollie fine) off or and just starting too early. I dont get any pop but I do feel like a dead weight.
Same issue off rollers. I am getting really mad at myself here.
Tough to know without a video, but you could very well be trying to pop too early. Off rollers are you getting air already just riding over? If so, next time over it just jump right as you're leaving the ground... It should feel natural, if not something's wrong.
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I seem to have a lot of issue with pop. NO idea why and its driving me nuts. I dont know if I am trying to just ollie (I can ollie fine) off or and just starting too early. I dont get any pop but I do feel like a dead weight.
Same issue off rollers. I am getting really mad at myself here.
Sounds like a timing issue. You need to pop as your coming off the lip at the last second, like when the lip is between your bindings you should be extended almost completely. Do it too early and your going to go dead in the air for sure. You need to ollie off rollers though but again wait til the last second, popping early is how you get over things with no air and gain speed like in boardercross.
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I seem to have a lot of issue with pop. NO idea why and its driving me nuts. I dont know if I am trying to just ollie (I can ollie fine) off or and just starting too early. I dont get any pop but I do feel like a dead weight.
Same issue off rollers. I am getting really mad at myself here.
Try this (I tried it last weekend, worked great):

As you hit the transition, crouch. As you come up the ramp on the jump, gradually straighten up, timed so that as you hit the lip you'll be extended as much as you want to be (not necessarily standing straight). You don't even have to put a lot of effort into it. It just seems to send you into a higher orbit.
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