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Old 02-11-2013, 04:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, I've been snowboarding for a bit less than 2 months and I'm trying to learn myself some rails. The problem is, my local park, while having great beginner boxes, and I can now boardslide pretty much any box, but the hill doesn't have any ride on rails except for this 1" round rail. I'm learning to ride that, but having trouble going more than 6 ft or so on it.

I want to learn on some 3" rails, but the problem is, all of those are either jump on rails or gap rails. Do you have any tips for learning one of those?

I tried it once but lost my balance when I landed on it, and fell flat on my belly on it, knocking the breath out of me. Can anyone give me tips on balancing on things like that? Thanks!
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have any tips for the gap/jump rails except to use some speed (helps with balancing). You should build yourself a small balance bar (or purchase one) to work on your balance. The nice thing about this method is you can set it up anywhere and falling off doesn't hurt/or knock the wind out of you.

This will improve you skills and allow you to hit the full length of the rail.


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Im not confident at all on jump on rails myself, but hitting rails after 2 months is pretty damn good progression.

I started jump on rails on one that was a angle down and not too high over the lip so i could olly straight on. The first time i tried ollying on from the side i think i nearly messed myself up falling backwards, but i managed to hold on till the very end of the rail before falling back.
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The reason I'm able to progress a lot is because I'm homeschooled. Heck yeah.

In 2 months I've hit the hills 17 times now.

Yeah, I like the balance bar Idea. I'll try that.

As far as going faster over the rail, you are probably right. My problem is I panic and slow down when I'm coming up to a feature. (Sucks on 25 ft jumps, I knuckle those things all the time....) I guess I just need a little more speed.
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Today, I couldn't get enough height to fully ride onto the down rail; I kept tapping the rail from the side and falling off, so I thought, MOAR SPEED.

Accidentally gapped the whole rail and my tail tapped the end. ACCIDENTALLY PULLED A COOL TRICK.

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Start by simply ollieing over the rail. Then tap it on your way over. Then work on looking down the rail and staying on the whole thing. Also, there is nothing stopping you from approaching ride on boxes and rails from the side a little to practice ollieing on.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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A 1" round bar? And you went for it? Props dude.

Round bar rails scare me. I can do everything else, but skinny round bar rails just make me nervous, even if it is a ride on.

Anyways, keep your eyes locked on the end of the rail or just beyond it. And like the others said, speed is your friend.
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On round bars you don't want to come too parallel at them. Take a good angle at it so you can catch the rail.

Make sure you stay on the side you come at if from so you can push off of it if you can't make it to the end.

You want to practice catching the rail and rolling on top of it without going over. It takes practice and you're going to fall alot. If you're learning them just make sure its a soft snow day.
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Start by simply ollieing over the rail. Then tap it on your way over. Then work on looking down the rail and staying on the whole thing. Also, there is nothing stopping you from approaching ride on boxes and rails from the side a little to practice ollieing on.
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On round bars you don't want to come too parallel at them. Take a good angle at it so you can catch the rail.

Make sure you stay on the side you come at if from so you can push off of it if you can't make it to the end.

You want to practice catching the rail and rolling on top of it without going over. It takes practice and you're going to fall alot. If you're learning them just make sure its a soft snow day.
I am at the same stage with rails, I have ridden ride ons...but keep eyeing off a jump on that I probably could do but not sure how to get the confidence to do so. Helpful posts guys!
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Speed is the most important thing. You just gotta sack up and go for it. Make sure to keep your board straight with the rail, and just ollie right before the jump and you should be fine. If you start to fall of the rail, don't try to stay on. Just let the board fall of and try again next time!
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