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So I ride at this ghetto hill in WI. Like most of them in our area, the hill cannot be more than 300 ft tall. It is dominated by the terrain park which takes up 50% of the total area. In the park there is this rail, the down-flat-down. I have included a shit-tastic MS Paint diagram below. But basically, it is a flat 3 inch rail, about 3 feet off of the icy-ass snow. It faces at a downward 30-40 degree angle.



I can ollie on the jump next to it just fine. I just get freaked out. I worry about falling on my ribs on it, and I worry what stupid reaction I will have whenI hit the kinks. I can't work up the confidence to hit it. I worry the most about getting onto it the most of all things.

About my skill level: It is my first full season, I started last February. I can front/backside boardslide boxes, rails, and corrugated pipes. I can 360 off of jumps < 20 ft.

Help me. How do I make the clean ollie on to that thing? I asked something similar to this before, and I am now able to make small ollies laterally onto some little rails, but this is, ideally, what I'd like to step up to.
 

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A few things:

1) Don't ollie onto the rail.

The trick to most street style rails is you're approaching from the side and very lightly popping onto them.

You're not aiming to land at the very top of the rail, rather you pop onto it from the side and land a little bit below the top section.

Here's a diagram/blog of what I mean (with equally amazing photoshop diagram): How To Properly Jump Onto Tall Street Style Snowboard Rails

It's actually REALLY easy to make it onto most rails when you realize you don't have to hop very high at all.

2) Hop over the entire rail a few times.

You can build up confidence by coming in from the side and instead of trying to land on the rail, hop over the entire thing and land on the other side.

This gets you used to the feeling of approaching and hopping onto the rail.

When you feel more comfortable after airing over the rail, you can just adjust your line and aim to start landing on the actual rail (remember to look at the end of the rail to get your approach correct if you want to make it all the way to the end).

3) Kinks are all about adjusting your body angle to match the rail.

The way to ride kinks is you have to be ready to adjust your body to match the angle of the rail as it changes. So as you reach each kink you need to correctly change your body angle less steep or more steep to match how the rail is changing.

If you can, find a flat-down box/rail to get used to the feeling of changing your body to match the changing angle before you try it on the down-flat-down rail.
 

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Slyder--It's none other than the world's finest... Olympia. Featuring 3 runs, serviced by a beautiful, slow, 2 person, rusted chairlift.
 

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Well if you get out tomorrow I'll be at alpine. Would be cool to hook up and ride. Not sure how their park is been 2 weeks since I"ve riden. Heard its rough. I can get you a free lift ticket so if you ever want to ride some park or just hit the groomers and what not hit me up
 

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Yeah, the park looks like it was buried by the storm, iced over, and dug out by a rake... However, I was out at Tyrol all day today, if you know where that is. They had the same style of rail... I decided to go for it. I ollied up and over the rail, landed clean on---none other than the kink. It spat me out, and by buddy said, "Blue sparks went eveywhere." I laid on my wrist, which at the time I thought might be broken for the second time this season... then I got up...

And randomly took the world's longest piss in the woods, as I held my busted wrist. I didn't know there was a 8 and under lesson no less than 15 feet from my pissing grounds. They all stared awkwardly as I shielded their youthful eyes by crouching. Then I ended up...

Attempting the rail again, and frontside boardsliding the entire thing by accident. It felt sick. Then it got dark and I headed home with my friend. My wrist, which is now a beautiful, deep purple, is most likely broken. Overall,

 

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Reminds me of this one time i tried a front backflip, hit the tree. Then i smoked the biggest bowl, just as the ski patrol comes by, i told them to fuck off and they did. I was super baked and by accident spun a 720 of a huge cliff.
 

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Sounds like you found your confidence for the rail, plus skipping a lot of the rail looks sweet if you tweek it right. I do the same with a rainbow rail I. Skip the first or last half of it with a tail grab. The only problem I have been having is with the box set at 45 to the horizontal as you approach. I do a lot of ass sliding on it the whole getting myself to the same angle after the approach is still a 50/50 for me. I would also say just jump over the rail a couple times to get a feel for it and follow someone in who knows how to hit it. Then just hike it till you get it, or just lauch of the ramp and tail tap the last part of the rail and look cool.
 
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