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Old 03-30-2013, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I often shred at my local resorts because its so close, and I dont have many friends that shred, so they dont wanna join for those big resorts far far away. Unfortunaly, these resorts doesnt really have the economics to build perfect parks and so on, which usually results in jumps thats very steep with alot of kick to it and so on.
How do you deal with such jumps?
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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take em slow at first...keep weight on the front foot at all costs, on the landing too, better to go forward over the handlebars than land on your back or neck/head...if you get too far back on the takeoff you will end up on your back

hit em a few times low speed and try to absorb some of the kick instead of getting a bunch of air, work your way up gradually, stay forward
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I wish park crews had more low level park riders who could give input. Instead, it seems that the best, most experienced park riders tend to be on park crew and it tends to leave us lower level freestyle riders with limited options.
Exactly what tends to happen on Seymour. Except this season I started emailing the administration to the attention of park manager, with suggestions for beginner stuff. And it actually worked. Got a beginner jump line off to the side of Young Guns this season.
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hit em a few times low speed and try to absorb some of the kick instead of getting a bunch of air
instead of popping or even just riding over the jump, suck up your legs on the takeoff to absorb some of the pop from the lip. Keep you body calm in the air and focus on matching the angle of the landing. Hopefully this steeper takeoff is matched with steeper landing.
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im finding the spring conditions to be way more forgiving in the park too...no shame in wrist guards either
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instead of popping or even just riding over the jump, suck up your legs on the takeoff to absorb some of the pop from the lip. Keep you body calm in the air and focus on matching the angle of the landing. Hopefully this steeper takeoff is matched with steeper landing.
Erm, no offense, but that's really bad advice, please do not do this OP. Sucking your legs in and not popping is basically how you end up getting thrown off balance on a kicky jump.

To avoid getting thrown off balanced by steep, kicky jumps, focus more on your pop. The more kicky a jump, the more you have to focus on popping with strong legs while you push against the jump that's trying to send you off balanced.

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Focus on having strong pop and push against the compression of the jump with your legs to avoid getting kicked off balance.

If it makes you feel any better, even good snowboarders hate kicky jumps, so it's not just a beginner thing. For whatever reason a lot of skiers seem to like them though.
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Should I pop with both feet or ollie?

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Should I pop with both feet or ollie style?
Use both feet. Ollies are rarely ever used when hitting jumps because it isn't as stable as a good pop.
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Erm, no offense, but that's really bad advice, please do not do this OP. Sucking your legs in and not popping is basically how you end up getting thrown off balance on a kicky jump.
what ever works for you, i like to build bmx style rhythm sections with multiple steep jumps in a row, its all about controlling your pop and staying balanced in the air, and matching the tranny.

if you absorb a bit of the pop from the jump you keep your trajectory lower which lets you travel further. This allows you to make it to the landing with less speed. If you popped hard with the same speed you would go much higher but you wouldnt make the landing. If you mountain has a half/ quarter pipe its a good place to practice riding steeper transitions.
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what ever works for you, i like to build bmx style rhythm sections with multiple steep jumps in a row, its all about controlling your pop and staying balanced in the air, and matching the tranny.

if you absorb a bit of the pop from the jump you keep your trajectory lower which lets you travel further. This allows you to make it to the landing with less speed. If you popped hard with the same speed you would go much higher but you wouldnt make the landing. If you mountain has a half/ quarter pipe its a good place to practice riding steeper transitions.
I think the OP is talking about steep jumps bigger than small bmx style moguls that are set in a row. There might be some confusion here, but you seem to be talking about a totally different type of jump which uses a different technique.
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