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Old 02-26-2013, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Landing small jumpsuit

Anytime I try to land small jumps (< 1 ft air)about 66% of the time i end up eating snow. Either my tail washes out on the kicker and I end up doing a nice 90 degree turn to my butt or knees or I try and carve up the kicker and end up landing heel side which is rarely successfull and generally ends in pains so i favor the toeside edge when landing which is also not very successful but saves on pain ... or I land flat only to have my tail wash out ( possible that i am also instinctively speed checking ) and the subsequent fast turn/correction to compensate throws me off balance. The bigger the air the more this is a problem.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Damn, those frontside 90 kneecrushers really suck! I know from experience, hahah...

The way I got the hang of it was to pop off the lip basically flat based, and no speedchecking for 10+ feet before and after jumping.. Also, to stop that 90 degree rotation, think of it as jumping sideways but looking and going forwards.. Keep arms and shoulders aligned with the board.
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Not a jumper....but approach, take-off and that.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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From my understanding, speedchecking should be done prior to hitting the transition.
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when you ride straight and are flat based... that doesnt happen.

Also when you land dont try to slow down right away.

Basically you are too scared at the moment to do them properly, figure out what it is that freaks you out and work on that.
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Have you worked on flat ollieing first? Jumping off small rollers/lips not in the park yet? Get comfortable there before worrying about heading into the park.

I was looking at my track the other day from the lift, and it looks like when I jump off a lip/roller I come out of the carve about 15 feet before the lip. Flatbase to the lip, and then land flat based for a few feet before getting back into my carve.

Are you comfortable at high speeds on the board yet? This is all important for the fundamentals of jumping.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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thanks to everyone, especially snowolf's post...

the issue was definitely probably hesitation, not enough speed causing instability as the board slowed and pointed upwards on the ramp, and i think an instinctual twist in the air due to shoulder alignment, fear, etc..

i decided to hit jumps with more speed and focus on keeping my shoulders aligned w/ the board...this has helped greatly

so small/straight air i seem to be able to land now with good consistency...

but what about jumps off of sloped terrain (i.e. wind lips, banks, etc) where you may have to ride with an edge engaged and even need to land on another sloped terrain (either on the same edge or an opposite edge(i.e. a spine)) is there any advice for these types of jumps

it seems like trying to land and get an edge engaged immediately is acceptable for these jumps? or am i wrong?

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