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freestyle help (kickers)

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is there a particular forum that has more of a freestyle base or is this one sufficient?

having trouble with a few things in the park
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Go big or go home is a good place to start.
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On a serious note what are you struggling with?
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mainly keeping my weight forward on kickers. I'm ok with the smaller ones but having problems being thrown into the back seat on the bigger ones. I try and keep the pressure on my shins but it isn't helping. also, when I pop it knocks me off balance
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Snowboard freestyle coach here, not skier, but most of this stuff crosses over pretty well.

It's hard to say without seeing you ride, but your issues with pop and weight distribution could be down to timing. As a general rule, you should be in a low stance as you hit the bottom of the transition, then gradually push with your legs / get taller as you ride up the transition.

At the lip, you can make the decision to accelerate the push to pop hard, keep it sustained to "cruise" off the lip or release the push to absorb the lip. This will depend on how well you've matched your speed to the size/shape of the kicker (e.g. do you need more pop to make sure you clear the knuckle or are you going to overshoot and die a painful death in the flats?). This will also depend on what trick you want to do.

If you're just trying to pop hard at the lip, this might be why you're getting off balance and in the back seat.
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thanks for the response.

when I just cruise of the lip things are much better. the fact that I find the back seat when poping has led me to think that this is the issue. is popping essential to a good jump? or can you just ride out kicker with a little more speed to make up for the lack of pop?
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Some great advise from Dave.
If you want to progress to performing tricks perfecting your pop is essential.
Try practicing on the flat moving at slow speeds , this way you can ensure you are balanced.
The "pop" motion is quiet, imagine the spring you get from a trampoline.
Any big movements in the pop will throw you off balance and cause you problems in the air.
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As @willski17 says, pop doesn't have to be a sudden, jerky motion. You actually get better pop from a steady push all the way up the transition.

Try this for a drill guaranteed to make you a feel like a muppet. "Flowering". Get low and all tucked up in a ball as you approach the kicker. As you ride up the transition and pop off the lip extend your whole body (legs straightening, torso unwinds, arms start tucked-in and finish extended out above your head). It's a full-body pop.

Be warned, I nearly died the first time I tried this. I got a beautiful, smooth pop off the kicker, then had loads of time to admire the view as the lip, the deck, the knuckle and the landing cruised by beneath me while I was still at altitudes envied by passing jumbo jets.
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Be warned, I nearly died the first time I tried this. I got a beautiful, smooth pop off the kicker, then had loads of time to admire the view as the lip, the deck, the knuckle and the landing cruised by beneath me while I was still at altitudes envied by passing jumbo jets.


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I once saw an inviting lip off to the side of an unfamiliar piste I was on. Didn't look very big. I was going quite quick though. Piste was nice and quiet so I thought I'd have a little jump back onto it. As I came off it I realised a) it was bigger than I thought b) I was going faster than I realised and c) the piste rolled over and dropped away steeply below it. Being a general coward about being airborne I ended up at a radically different altitude than I expected. One of the few times I have ever had time to think "bloody hell, that snow is a long way down". I'm not saying that my landing was a pretty sight but with nothing damaged but a bit of pride I got off lightly. Stupid middle-aged man.
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BTW I've found the advice on here really useful - think i've been trying to pop too hard at the lip rather than smoother and from earlier
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you two guys certainly know how to inspire me with confidence 😉
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Many of the domes and dry slopes have freestyle sessions, Tamworth has one on a Tuesday evening with a coach for advice. The freestyle crowd are very friendly and there'll always be people happy to share advice
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@jedster, I did that on piste once, off a transition on one of the steepest blacks around here (41degrees in places). I decided foolishly to pop the edge only to realise that I was going way too fast. Kooky was actually worried, I wasn't very high but managed over 20m before touching down on one leg due to a big pile of crud in front of me. Honestly... I was terrified Skullie

But on the other hand, sometimes the snow is so sticky you just can't get the speed.


http://youtube.com/v/lgp8b_urBLM

It entertained the local kids though. 2nd run I straightlined it and still only managed to clip the lip on landing.
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@Scarpa,

slightly chubby air! nice

we've all done that too
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