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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-05-2013, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question(s) about popping

Ok, so I have a few questions about popping:

1) Do I need to pop? I live in Belgium and I go snowboarding indoor alot, there is one big jump that I dare to take but I always hit the knuckle. Should I just go faster or should I try to pop?

2)I understand that popping is going to help to keep you balanced in the air, but do I need to pop bigtime to have balance, or is a little one also enough?

3)Rails/boxes, I really wanna learn how to boardslide but I don't know how to jump on a rail or box (I always just ride on it to 50/50). Should I pop from the side or just go fast and try to fly on it?

If it might help anything: I'm intermediate to advanced on groomed trails. I ride a Burton Clash 2013 with the Burton Customs (Yeah I know, not a intermediate-advanced setup, but I'm short on cash)
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I'm no expert, only been at it a month and a half or so. But I've hit a lot of jumps, and I always pop off the lip and tuck my knees up. Helps me clear the knuckle and maintain balance and control. Obviously with different grabs/tricks this isn't the way to go, but if you're just jumping, I'd work on getting the speed right and popping off of it.

If nothing else, it's probably something that's good to know how to do, even if you don't do it that much.
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When going off of jumps, i usually just jump a little. I don't ollie because that is harder and can throw off my balance. So when you approach the lip just squat down a little and jump as you leave the lip.
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When going off of jumps, i usually just jump a little. I don't ollie because that is harder and can throw off my balance. So when you approach the lip just squat down a little and jump as you leave the lip.
Yeah, I just jump like I would if I didn't have a snowboard strapped on.
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As far as popping on a jump it really depends on the jump. In general, yea you should always pop just a little. On rails it's simple just pop on from either front side or backside and whip your board around onto the feature. Make sure your weight is centered over the jib and ride it out. For features where you can go on straight it's much easier. Just pop from straight on. Then try from the sides in order to take it to bigger shit.

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Thanks, lots of good advice here! I'm gonna try it out next time I go snowboarding
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I read a guide that Jed linked in the Balance on Jumps thread, as I wasn't really sure what was meant with the pop, so that guide came in handy.

In that thing they said that you should pop from your core and not push off with your legs, but even if you do that, wouldn't you still have a bit of a jump from your legs when you leave the ramp or w/e you're going off at the moment?
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Core definitely plays a role in popping. I had a pulled lower ab muscle earlier this winter and anytime I tried to pop at all it killed. I could ride normally pretty well but anytime I jumped it felt like I got stabbed in the gut.
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Definately pop off the jump if you are tring to clear a gap. The only times I don't load up on jumps is when I want to keep a low trajectory and skim the jump. Then its more absorbing the jump with my knees than using it to launch off.
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I read a guide that Jed linked in the Balance on Jumps thread, as I wasn't really sure what was meant with the pop, so that guide came in handy.

In that thing they said that you should pop from your core and not push off with your legs, but even if you do that, wouldn't you still have a bit of a jump from your legs when you leave the ramp or w/e you're going off at the moment?
To clarify, the guide is saying to keep your core tight, but as already mentioned, pop starts from your legs.

Basically pop comes from your legs, but your core helps keep everything stable and in line as you pop. So your core isn't directly creating the pop, but rather helping to keep you stable while you pop.

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