I know this has been addressed before...I went through and searched the forums and read the previous discussions about it. But...I have a couple more questions.
I'm talking about rails/boxes that you approach from the side (ie NOT ride-on). Some of you guys mentioned taking a slight angle to it, staring down the end of the rail, keeping the base of the board flat, trying it on down rails/boxes (not having to ride the whole thing), and trying to jump over it first to get a feel for it.
Maybe I'm being too analytical about it, but I just don't understand the physics of this. I haven't tried a skate-style rail yet, but I've tried boxes like that. When I take a slight angle to the box and hop on, I naturally slide off the side of the box before reaching the end. This doesn't surprise me because physics will tell me that if I attack the box at an angle and the box has no friction, I will continue to slide on the box at the same angle and direction, and slide off the side. I've (painfully) tried to reverse course on a box to hit the end, and of course I end up on my butt on the box.
I know it can be done, so how exactly does this work? And is it different for round rails, where you can sort of "plant" against the rail to keep from sliding over it?
Sorry it's a long question, but this has been blowing my mind. And thanks for any help.