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maybe boxs and rails arnt your thing. I've been snowboarding for 17 years and will ride about any line at any mountain but still dont feel that comfortable on box's and rails. A natural log jib is fine, 2ft wide box is sketchy. With a big mountain like whistler focus on what you find fun and rip it. A lot of freeriding will teach you how to fall/recover from a fall which helps in the park.

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Fear isnt always a big problem, what i usually do is just watch as many people i can hit the same feature im planning on hitting, once a see a person that kind looks equal to me(or worse) i just get the courage to do it.
I work like that too. I think it comes from my dancing days. I compete against myself in a way. In dancing I have the luxury of being able to look in a mirror at myself and my form, in snowboarding I don't have that advantage, which is why I will look out for people who I think are similar, see where they are going wrong etc. If they get the balls to do something and are at a similar level....I will be more likely to be inspired to try (when riding alone)

Seems a bit brutal they only have expert jumps...the consequences of those would definitely be greater, for starters you would have to have a lot more speed just to avoid hitting the flat!

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I work like that too. I think it comes from my dancing days. I compete against myself in a way. In dancing I have the luxury of being able to look in a mirror at myself and my form, in snowboarding I don't have that advantage, which is why I will look out for people who I think are similar, see where they are going wrong etc. If they get the balls to do something and are at a similar level....I will be more likely to be inspired to try (when riding alone)

Seems a bit brutal they only have expert jumps...the consequences of those would definitely be greater, for starters you would have to have a lot more speed just to avoid hitting the flat!
the flat wouldnt be the problem, i know i shouldnt speed check, im more worried about how im going to land, like to tail heavy and just wipeout, thanks for the advice though
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Go big or go home I regret living by this so far, Ill probably have arthritis by age 23 the only thing that's sketched me out boarding are the big 40 footers .Granted ive hit bigger on a dirtbike but its just seems sketchy. I always say to myself what the worst that can happen

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In dancing I have the luxury of being able to look in a mirror at myself and my form, in snowboarding I don't have that advantage, which is why I will look out for people who I think are similar, see where they are going wrong etc.
This may have already been asked, but are you able to get someone to record you hitting the feature?


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Breathing is good as Wrath said as well as mental imagery. Take some deep long slow breaths till you feel relaxed, oxygen is a natural sedative in that way.

While taking these deep breaths picture yourself performing the manuever you are looking to accomplish over and over feeling how each body movement is going to occurr as you are completing it.

Never think about the failure of the event while doing it, stay relaxed loose and confident in yourself that it is something you will accomplish. Don't think you might do it, know you are going to do it.

On a side note, make sure that concussion is rested up enough before you head out there.
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This may have already been asked, but are you able to get someone to record you hitting the feature?
Hi, no I don't have someone that can record. I had a coach from roxy camp take a pic the other day (which they have...hopefully I can get my hands on through fb or something) but the pic they took was one of my better efforts(back board) on a box which I have crashed on and been a bit timid of but am back to hitting again (its super easy mind)
I might see if I can get someone too next weekend, will have to have a hike day, may be able to make it happen sooner, but work etc....

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I was originally aiming to make this a more general thread on what has halted other members own progression on whatever jump/trick/feature and how they over came it. A collection of different ways one might try to get results.

I have not wanted to avoid doing something and wanted to do it at the same so much time since first learning how to ride. Its an ongoing mental/physical battle that I am sure will continue the rest of my boarding days.

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I completely understand where this OP is coming from. I have a big mental "fear" block on gaps getting onto boxes. Ride on box, I'll go play on it and work on my fundamentals. If it has a gap, it paralyzes me. I wuss out every time. I'm still trying to figure out how to mentally get over this hurdle but I had a small victory this weekend at my local resort...

They had set-up a picnic table box, fairly long. I had been lapping the upper park, hitting the small jump line they built there but kept eye-balling that picnic table box. I finally decided to try it and on the first run approached it but the gap got into my head and I turned off at the last moment and rode past it. The second run at it, I decided to just ride by and take a good look at the transition and gap. I guess I thought I'd see it and realize it wasn't that big and with the angle of the transition and distance of the gap mentally accept that as long as I had forward momentum the nose of my board would clear it. So back up the lift I went for my third run to try this damn picnic table...

At the top of the drop-in (with my fiancÚ and my buddies hanging out to watch), I stopped and was mostly trying to mentally visualize my approach, visualizing myself clearing the gap and pushing down flat on the box, running through my body position on the feature - shoulders square to the feature with knees bent and loose and eyes on the end of the box, and all those other things to psych myself up when... a 6 year old girl in a pink snowboard outfit dropped in ahead of me and nailed the picnic table box.

Shit, shit, shit!

No way I could wuss out again, not in front of the Future Mrs. MeanJoe and my guy buddies after a 6 year old girl in pink rode it like it was nothing. I dropped in and hit it. I was going a bit too slow and had a little trouble off the box at the end but on the next run I owned that damn picnic table box.

So sometimes maybe the proper motivation will get you over that fear.
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You should probably wait until your concussion symptoms disappear before you try riding again, I'm sure thats contributing to your fear. When you're vulnerable from an existing injury there's no way to keep those thoughts out of your head. If you're not wearing a helmet I'd also consider getting one.


What I do for overcoming fear is take a few moments at the top of the line to come up with a plan, visualize the plan...put on a song that gets me amped, take a few deep breaths to clear my mind and drop in fully committed & confident. I try not to think too long before dropping in or else you can pysch yourself out.
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