-How to get better at rails-
Wondering why you can't get that sponsorship or place in that local rail jam but your edit is nothing but bangers the best of the pros are doing? Well here you go..
For intermediate riders
1. Ride switch, more switch, and then some switch.
-Transcending from good to great requires both feet to be fully developed in fine muscle movements and balance and the best way to develope your non-dominant foot is by riding switch. Try taking a run while riding completely switch the entire time, if you notice you are riding with a forward lean or even straight up it often means your weak foot isn't fully developed. You'll know you've developed that non-dominant foot when you are riding switch and initiating your toe/heel edges and turns with out even thinking about it.
2. Learn your #$^%ing fundamentals.
-I've seen it time in and time out where good riders never get better and plateau. They've mastered their bangers and stock tricks but never got past that. Go back and learn those basic back-side approaches, nose/tail presses and slides, etc. Between riding switch a lot and learning the most basic fundamentals, you'll see yourself progress more than you have in many years prior, trust me.
1. Be able to do all the basics (again)
- Sure you can cab-270 and put it back on that nasty DFD but can you switch 50-50 it? Learn every basic trick. Switch/regular, backside/frontside, nose/tail. Doing so will open your trick set and abilities up tenfold. Many more difficult tricks require fundamentals many people haven't mastered yet. Doing this will make learning ten times easier when trying those heavy hitters.
2. Ride clean
- You'll get respect for your bangers but you'll get remembered when you do them cleanly.
a) Keep your arms down, please, no one wants to watch uncomfortable squirming as its apparent you are scared shitless.
b) Don't be a zeach lord. Sure it counts, but its pathetic. It shows you are barely pulling that trick off.
c) Ride straight. Even with fs or bs 3's on, you need to come in as straight as possible. It will make locking in much easier, holding what ever your doing easier, and riding out easier. You'll see many bangers that get ruined because they were sliding across the rail the whole time. Most importantly if you want to look as steezy as possible, ride out straight. When your feet hit the ground you want to be riding as straight and confortable as possible. Go watch decent edit from some up-and-comer and then go watch a 32 Spot Check, you'll see what I'm talking about.
3. Ride fast!!!!!
-It took me many years to finally realize that riding fast is both safer, more comfortable, and easier to do tricks with. Not to mention a hell of a lot more better looking. Riding fast makes balance easier, the rail shorter, and the landing smoother. Aside from the extra time added to get that spin around or get into that lip/press, your run in will be a hell of a lot more consistent.
4. Learning your shoulders
-So many issues people have with learning techier and more difficult tricks is their shoulders. What you do with your shoulders and where your head is pointed will dictate just about everything you do in your trick as far as rotation goes. Pretzels, put backs, 270's, 450's, etc all depend on the timing and position of your shoulders and head.
5. Ride like a man
-Nothing is more depressing than a completely proper trick with all the right speed, position, and a bolts landing but the guy looks like he just ran a half marathon. Don't twitch, don't slump, don't do weird shit with your arms and your body. The best styles in snowboarding come from guys that look like they were riding a groomer the whole time from run in to riding away. Don't be a Chris Bradshaw. Having style is more about doing less than doing more. As Bruce Lee said, "Be like water".
If you have any specific questions about ANY tricks post em' up.