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    Posted: Mar/09/2009 at 5:31pm
So I did my first tail block, after like 50 tries. I youtube'd a couple of tutorials online, and got tips from some friends out on the slopes, but everyone's advice was worthless. In fact it probably hurt me more than anything. If someone had told me what I'm about to tell you now, I probably could have got this trick after 3 tries max.

"Just throw all your weight all the way over onto your tail really hard...lean all the way onto your tail and reach over and grab the tip"
-- this is what everyone says, but it's BS at worst, vague at best.

After falling on my ass 49 times, I was feeling like a retard, and so I just tried to go through the trick in super slow motion, and that's when I figured it out....Here's what I learned I actually needed to do.

1. Quickly, yet smoothly and calmly shift your weight over towards your tail (or nose). DO NOT THROW YOUR WEIGHT! You'll just throw yourself to the ground over and over like me. Don't over shoot it. Once you get this trick down, you'll realize just how easygoing the weight transition really is.

2. Don't LEAN. "LEAN" implies tilting your entire body over like the leaning tower of pizza. SHIFT over instead. This means simply going from having your balls/ass centered between your feet, to moving your crotch down towards your tail foot smoothly all the way until you feel a ton of pressure on the outside rim of your foot, keep shifting your crotch just 1-3 inches past that point and all of a sudden you'll realize that like 70% of your board is floating off the ground (depending on your board flex/length...I've got a short noodle - Ride Kink 147)

3. Don't be standing straight & rigid like a stripper pole. If you do, the tail will just slip out from under you like when a cartoon character steps on a banana.
Your ass is going to be shifted out past your tail boot/binding. In order to stay on top of the tail, you're upper body is going to have to curve/bend back towards the nose of your board to compensate.
So the body is kind of going to make like a "C" shape. Your lower half is going to veer to the tail, and your upper torso is going to curve back towards the nose.
Since your shoulders are curving back towards the nose, and your nose is curving upwards since your ass is causing all your weight to be on your tail,  you'll find that the nose is like inches away from your hand.

4. Lift your nose foot up into your body to curve your board up to your hand. Grab it. Hold it. Pose. Then ollie back onto your base.

In short.
1. Shift your butt past the outside rim of your tail boot/binding.
2. Curve your body -- Reach back to your nose with your upper body
3. Lift your nose foot up to your body
4. Grab it
5. Throw up middle fingers on both hands above your head and shout "Puedo sentir pasos en la azotea!"




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/09/2009 at 6:14pm
long first post. glad you stuck it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/10/2009 at 4:24am
progression is always an awesome feeling.  good job!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/10/2009 at 6:05am
Good job, and very thorough explanation.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/10/2009 at 11:52am
I like step 5!  LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/10/2009 at 7:17pm
nice job ... I am going to try again this weekend.  I also found picking terrain where it goes uphill a bit helps, but it didn't help much :(
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2009 at 10:11am
Sweet dude, glad you could give back to the community after nailing it.
Nice guide too by the way.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2009 at 11:58am
Nice dude, thanks for the advice. I'll definitely use it. I've been meaning to learn how to do tail blocks =p

Edit: So, in my boredom, I totally just did a tail block on my carpet =p I couldn't hold it very long though, I could feel my tail slipping on the carpet =p
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/07/2009 at 3:18pm
I can do nose blocks pretty sicko, but still need to get better. It took me probably 15 tries. I've never tried a tail block.
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