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    Posted: Feb/06/2009 at 9:46am
I was riding up in Okemo last week with my brother, and having a blast. The conditions were great for the northeast, at least for how I ride thus far. It was, as we like to call it, "Hero snow". Perfect packed powder conditions that were nicely groomed, so forgiving and soft, yet great hold when you get up on edge.

Anyway, given the confidence boost in the conditions, I started really trying to stretch myself and push a little harder-- hitting more black runs and, more importantly, the park. Some background: I started riding a little more than a year ago, bought a full set up the end of last season, and I'm totally hooked. I've been fine linking turns all season, hitting mostly blues and greens, with the occasional black run recently. In anticipation of riding the park, I've been trying to get more comfortable riding flat and doing flat 1's and 3's on the ground without catching edges.

So anyway, feeling ballsy, I decide to try some tail presses, hit some small kickers, and some box tops in the smaller park. No problem on the box, though I need to get more comfortable hitting it at speed and try something other than the 50-50. On the kickers, I ended up too far on my tail on every landing. On the presses, I just felt like I didn't have control, but know that I never really got into a press. Oh, and I can't ollie to save my life. I know my board is not the ideal freestyle board (NS System) and I've lost some weight since I bought it (down from 205 to 185) but I'm not sure how much is the board and how much is me.

Are there baby-steps I should be taking to get comfortable with basic freestyle stuff?
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some basic progressions ... 

1.  first, i'd start with ollies -- if you can tail press, you can ollie.  It is a natural extension. On flat ground, keep the shoulders parallel with the board and do a stationary tail press.  hold it, and then see if can spring off that back leg and then suck both the knees into your body to get the board to come level to the ground and get your knees bent, and ready to land.

2.  kickers ... like ollies try making sure to suck both knees to your body when you are in the air.  It will help center your weight by bringing the board level.  Try this on flat ground first.

3.  boxes -- try 50-50 to a boardslide where the board comes 90 degress to one side -- i find backside easier.  start in a 50-50 and then with a flat base (no edges, i repeat, no edge) start to rotate your hips and shoulders toward your heel side edge. when you hit the end of the box, pop up and either come out switch for the final 90 or just pop back 90 degrees to come out regular. 
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3.  boxes -- try 50-50 to a boardslide where the board comes 90 degress to one side -- i find backside easier.  start in a 50-50 and then with a flat base (no edges, i repeat, no edge) [...]
Learned that the hard way, I've fallen on my ass a couple times! 
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some basic progressions ... 

1.  first, i'd start with ollies -- if you can tail press, you can ollie.  It is a natural extension. On flat ground, keep the shoulders parallel with the board and do a stationary tail press.  hold it, and then see if can spring off that back leg and then suck both the knees into your body to get the board to come level to the ground and get your knees bent, and ready to land.

2.  kickers ... like ollies try making sure to suck both knees to your body when you are in the air.  It will help center your weight by bringing the board level.  Try this on flat ground first.

3.  boxes -- try 50-50 to a boardslide where the board comes 90 degress to one side -- i find backside easier.  start in a 50-50 and then with a flat base (no edges, i repeat, no edge) start to rotate your hips and shoulders toward your heel side edge. when you hit the end of the box, pop up and either come out switch for the final 90 or just pop back 90 degrees to come out regular. 


Thanks BTD. I assume presses I should start flat ground too? Is there actually any "steering" while in a press, or are you basically putting yourself at the mercy of momentum and the fall line?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/08/2009 at 10:37pm
yes definitely start presses in on flat ground. You are basically in the fall like, although you can do some gentle steering that goes hand in hand with buttering the board with shoulder rotation.
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