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Old 09-17-2013, 08:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have this major problem of being scared to hit a obstical at a high speed, i always get scared and slow down right before and it prevents me from sliding all the way down the box or i land on the knuckle. how do you fix this any tip are appreciated.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a pretty common problem. The usual fixes are either 1) Ignore it and just go for it or 2) gradual desensitization, where you start hitting a feature by starting at a certain point on the slope, then gradually starting higher and higher up the slope. basically sneak up on it.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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First I would ask your skill level and if hitting features is a good idea in the first place. If you are confident on your board all over the mountain then bringing that confidence to the park will help a shit load. Never second guess your abilities and be confident, as soon as you think CAN'T do something you've already lost the mind set needed to do it.
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i have this major problem of being scared to hit a obstical at a high speed, i always get scared and slow down right before and it prevents me from sliding all the way down the box or i land on the knuckle. how do you fix this any tip are appreciated.
Start on small runs and work your way up to bigger and faster runs. It's all step-by-step and your speed and comfort will naturally increase as you get better control over your snowboard.

Also: I highly recommend not riding park until you advance your basic riding a little. If you're struggling with riding fast enough to clear a box or jump, you should not be in the park yet.

Build your comfort up on regular runs until you can comfortably ride at the speed you need to hit those park features, and only then should you think about doing park. Doing park before you're ready and before you have basic turning/speed control down is counter-productive anyway and you won't get anything out of it.
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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see i am more than confortable on my board, and when it comes to small features i am just as conforatble. last time i went out i noticed my bindings were not adjusted properly, and after that i gained a little confidence, but i didnt have any big features to try my new tuning all i had was a little kicker, so maybe the reason for my lack of confidence is due to i knew subconiosly that my board wasnt set up corectly.
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see i am more than confortable on my board, and when it comes to small features i am just as conforatble. last time i went out i noticed my bindings were not adjusted properly, and after that i gained a little confidence, but i didnt have any big features to try my new tuning all i had was a little kicker, so maybe the reason for my lack of confidence is due to i knew subconiosly that my board wasnt set up corectly.
Don't over think it. A good park helps if that's what you're trying to learn. You need a park that has various features of all sizes. S/M/L/XL

Start on the small features that have basically no consequences, then work your way up. You also just gotta go for it, have balls!

I found my balls again last year. Was spooked from kickers for years after a hard fall. Last year I just went for it again, had a blast!
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see i am more than confortable on my board, and when it comes to small features i am just as conforatble. last time i went out i noticed my bindings were not adjusted properly, and after that i gained a little confidence, but i didnt have any big features to try my new tuning all i had was a little kicker, so maybe the reason for my lack of confidence is due to i knew subconiosly that my board wasnt set up corectly.
Ah right, I misread that thinking you weren't comfortable going fast.

In this case it's just confidence and you need to stop psyching yourself out. I doubt it's your gear or anything subconscious like that (if anything that's just a convenient thing to blame).

It's more that you aren't used to bigger features, which is normal. My suggestion is make a checklist of what you need to do to prepare, run through it, then go (eg - where do I drop in, do I need a setup turn, where do I need to be balanced and pop etc etc). The longer you wait beyond what is necessary, the more you'll psyche yourself out.

During the drop in, focus only on what you have to be doing. If it's a jump or a box, focus on your line and your balance and stance. Don't overthink things.

Oh and one more thing... if you psyche yourself out and slow down, don't hit the feature. Never ever hit the feature once you've taken off too much speed or psyched yourself out. It's better to skip a feature than hit it without the right speed.

If you don't already have one, make sure you have a set drop in spot for every park feature. It should be the spot where you know you can drop in, ride straight towards the feature and clear it to the sweet spot. That way your speed is set for each attempt and you aren't second guessing yourself.
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I found that some impact gear made me feel more comfortable hitting some boxes I previously was too scared to attempt. I also tried some larger jumps... but I did have a few PBRs to take the edge off...
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Good topic on a subject that I also struggle with. Probably a bit different dynamic than the OP but I find getting up the nerve to push myself to be quite the challenge. As a 44 year old I know I'm not as "balls out!" as I used to be when riding. I'll still ride aggressively but it is within my comfort zones. Hitting the park and (for our local place) the large jumps is a big obstacle for me. I also think I have some residual fear from a bad crash a few years ago - unconscious, split helmet, ER trip. It reminded me of my mortality and now it is in the back of my mind a lot when I look at something new - like riding a box or hitting the larger jumps.

I'm hoping this year to make some progress. I spent more time in the park last year, mostly on the "newbie" features but that was maybe 10% of my total time out riding. I hope to up that quite a bit this year with more time in the park and hopefully familiarity will help breed confidence.

I'm also going to invest in a bit of armor, at minimum some impact shorts. I don't really expect this to make me feel impervious but if it gives me a small amount of mental confidence (and ultimately some protection) then all the better.

The large jump thing is another big block and it is all about the fear of not getting my speed right and landing on the flat or the knuckle. I don't have a problem with our smaller jumps although my technique could use some improvement. The large(ish) jump line gets in my head that I'll have that speed wrong and ka-splat!

So OP you're not the only one I guess!

Good luck,

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I found that some impact gear made me feel more comfortable hitting some boxes I previously was too scared to attempt. I also tried some larger jumps... but I did have a few PBRs to take the edge off...
I agree!!! pads will give you a much better experience in the park, hands down. I wear knee,elbow,crash shorts pads and a helmet and I rarely fall, but when I do I am so thankful for them. LOL and beer definitely helps relax your mind and body for a more confident ride but don't drink too much (from experience ).

For all who struggle with hitting jumps and get a little squirrely or off balanced in the air causing an not so comfortable landing. I promise you this works!!!!!!! DO A BOARD GRAB!!!!!! When you hit the jump no matter how small or big a board grab will center you body, it will also postion your weight and your legs for a perfect landing. On top of that it adds great style. Try it and I promise you won't regret it.
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