<Step 1 – Flat ground>
Let’s start from learning the trick on the flat ground.
Stand on the ground without board.
Check to see if your hips are above your back foot and head is over the center of the board.
This standing position keeps your weight on the back leg and prevent your upper body leaning backward.
So you can keep your body balanced while shifting your weight backward and while springing off the tail of your board.
Now pop your back leg and pull your front leg up at same time.
Jump slightly forward and land on both feet.
If you pull your back arm up at same time while jumping with your back leg, you can prevent your upper body leaning backward.
Now let me give you some challenges.
Add a 90 spin to right and left side while doing an ollie just like hitting the side wall.
It’s just a balance training so don’t worry if you can’t do it properly.
But try staying in good balance while doing it.
Now let’s do an ollie with the board attached.
Stand naturally over the board and face to the direction.
Push board forward as far as you can but upper body stay standing straight.
Now pop straight up by your back foot.
At same time, you can bring your front foot up.
Bringing your front foot up will help you keeping your body straighter and giving more weight on the tail of your board at same time.
However, you can keep your attention to keep your upper body straight with your back elbow and shoulder keeping up high.
If your gaze are out far out your upper body might lean backward.
Or if your gaze is too close to your body, your upper body might lean forward.
So please remember that your gaze affect your balance while doing an Ollie.
Suck up your back foot after pop.
If your upper body is standing straight, both feet will come back to under your hips and you will land on both feet.
If you landed on back foot, upper body might keep leaning backward after pop.
So try to keep your back elbow and shoulder up high.
But don’t worry too much if you landed on back foot but your upper body is standing straight.
It means that you are still balanced.
If you landed on front foot, weight on back foot when you pop was not enough, or your weight is staying closer to the center of your board.
So, when you jump off the ground with your back leg your weight is pushed back forward.
Try pushing your board more forward so that you won’t be bounced back to nose side of your board.
Or you might be looking down while doing an Ollie.
So you can look further to keep your upper body standing straight over your back leg while doing an Ollie.
If you land on the edge, try focus on the toe to heel balance.
Stand your head straight, bend your ankles and push your knees and hips toward toe edge side before pop.
Especially people haven’t tried Ollie, they should focus more on the toe to heel balance first.
Because when beginners are getting low to prepare for doing an Ollie, hips and head are out too far from the board because their ankles are extended.
And shifting weight backward with this balance makes takeoff difficult.
Start from doing small ollie and check to see if your toe to heel balance is in good position.
When you land, try to stand up quickly after your feet touch the ground.
Then you can create more pressure under your feet to make strong base of support.
If you can do an ollie as drawing circle with your board in the nose side of your board, you might be able to move more naturally.
Here are the key points we learned in Step 1.
Next time we will learn How to do an Ollie while sliding on the slope.
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This time we are going to learn how to do an Ollie.
Ollie is used for jumping off the ground with snapping your tail.
This skill is known well as fundamental skateboarding skill.
It enables rider jumping higher with board flex than jumping just with popping on both feet.
First, we can check tips to do an Ollie quickly.
1. Head is aligned with the center of your board, and hips are over your back leg
2. Pop your back leg and pull your front foot up
3. Pull up your back elbow quick and strong
4. Suck up your back leg quickly after pop
Do you think Ollie is used just for jumping higher?
Actually, there are more reasons why ollie is used by good riders.
For example, we first lift the nose of your board up while doing an ollie.
With an Ollie movement, you lift up the nose higher than when you do a pop with your both feet.
With the reason, when you get on something as a rail and side-in box that are set up its entrance high, and if you try to get it on with a pop, possibility of the nose of your board hitting the item will be increased.
In other words, good rider uses an Ollie to get on the items is because it will avoid the nose of your board hitting the items.
Also, thanks to using board flex with an ollie you can jump higher so that getting on the item is easier and reduce the risk of hitting items.
Ollie is also good to prevent taking off too soon.
If you can wait for takeoff, you can go further thanks to less conflicts with the snow.
So all your tricks goes bigger and smooth.
If you take off at the lip, which is waiting longer to take off?
Timing you take off is when your center of gravity comes on the lip.
While taking off with a pop, your center of gravity is over the center of your board.
But while taking off with an ollie, your center of gravity is over your back leg,
So you will wait longer for takeoff if you take off with an ollie.
Also at any skill level, taking off with a nollie is happening sometimes.
Nollie is taking off with your front foot so shifting weight to forward while taking off which will cause a half front flip to forward.
To prevent this bad scenario, ollie is the one of the option.
Ollie has many good effects to any performance you do.
But taking off with a pop is easier to have solid base for beginners and intermediate too.
If you are above intermediate level, you can try shifting your weight to back leg little by little to take off and try taking off with an ollie.
Next time, you can learn how to Ollie on the flat ground.
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I have been teaching beginners over 10 years and there are three common mistakes that I found in their riding.
This time I’ll introduce and think about it with you.
Firstly, here are three common mistakes that beginners typically make while turning.
1. Looking down or lock the gaze downhill
2. Not changing the direction after finishing turns
3. Leaning back while turning
Ok, now let’s found out what is happening and how we can solve it.
1, Where to look while turning
Beginners are typically looking down while turning.
Since snowboarding is the balancing sports and if you are looking just very close to you, it’ll be hard for you to maintain balance as you can’t see what is coming to you in next few seconds.
However looking too far is also not good idea as you can’t see what is coming under your feet.
So try to look 3 to 5 meters away from your body then you can see your feet and view around you at same time.
Beginners are also not looking the direction to move all the time.
They typically looking downhill or uphill while finishing turns.
I can understand that people want to be in natural position to keep balance better.
If your face, chest, hips and toes are aligned in the same direction, it’s the best position that allows you to stand with strong balance.
With your gaze pointing downhill or uphill while finishing turns, your body naturally adjust your balance over your board to slide straight down the hill.
So if your gaze are locked downhill or uphill while finishing turns, your board won’t change the direction but instead it’s going straight down the hill as a side slipping.
However we want to move to the side to change the direction while sliding the hill.
If you can look the direction where the nose of your board pointing while finishing turn, then your body adjust your balance with your board to go across the hill.
And your board gradually start moving toward the side of the slopes.
This gaze control is actually what you are naturally doing as a human while running, driving and so on.
Here are more tips to lead your turns with your gaze;
2, Direction to move between turns
The gaze control that I talked in previous section might be a part of it.
But let me explain it again with a different aspect.
Beginners who has just learned turning don’t want to keep its speed while linking turns.
So they try to control speed after finishing each turns with the board turning and moving straight down the hill as a side slipping.
To start turning your board from this side slipping state, beginners typically fail with their downhill side of the edge catching the snow.
Because the direction where they are moving is the downhill, they can start turning with rotating and LEANING their body too much into the downhill at same time.
If your board is moving across the hill while starting a turn, you will rotate and lean your body but can’t lean your body too much inside the turn arc thanks to the direction of your board.
So this way to start turns is rather safer than starting from the side slipping
You can follow these steps to start turns while going across the hill;
3, Standing position during the turn
Beginners commonly lean back when their snowboard start pointing downhill.
It is because speed is increased by snowboard going straight down the hill.
Once your posture is not standing straight in the center of your board, turning your board into the direction by rotating your body will be hard.
Then your board will keep pointing downhill and increase the speed.
To avoid this trouble, we teach them to put more weight on your front foot while turning.
So even if you lean back from this weight position, your weight will stay centered while turning.
With this, you can use your front foot to guide your board into the direction by twisting the board with your front foot. (Please see previous article talking about “Pedal”)
More tips are introduced in the last article.
But here is another tip you can try;
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Riding steeper slopes will be the first challenge for beginner snowboarders.
They could make turns without any trouble on beginner slopes.
But turning on steeper slopes is not that easy for them as they can’t complete the turn and fall.
Why does it happen?
It actually depends on the case but let’s figure it out by focusing on the nose to tail balance this time.
Typical failure of the nose to tail balance while riding on steeper slopes is “Leaning Back”.
By leaning back towards the tail of the board the beginner loses control of their rotational balance so that they can’t complete the turn and fall as a result of getting more speed.
While beginners are riding on beginner slopes, the angle of the slope is very close to flat ground.
So it’s easy for them to keep their body standing straight in the center of the board.
Because of the angle of the steeper slope, they can’t adjust their balance to the speed and their body starts leaning back.
It’s typically happening when their board is pointing straight down the hill.
As I mentioned above, it’ll be hard to turn their body with their posture leaning back.
In the first half of a turn their body is standing straighter so it’ll be ok to turn their body and snowboard.
But turning their body and board will be harder once the board is pointing downhill.
By continuing to point the board downhill with their posture leaning back they will increase speed and eventually fall.
For beginner and intermediate snowboarders, holding their balance in the center is strongly recommended.
Here are three key points for you to keep the balance centered.
1. Push your hips forward
Move your hips forward in the first half of your turn.
This way, your upper body will be standing straight rather than leaning back.
You will need to have more effort because it might be little scary to move your whole body forward while your board is pointing down the hill.
But it will avoid your body leaning back thus you will have more control.
2. Put your fore arm down, pull your back arm up
When your body is leaning back, your shoulder level is leaning back too.
So, put your shoulders parallel to the ground and put your upper body back to straight with this way.
It will work better if you can push your hips forward at the same time.
3. Pull your board backward
Physically, what you do here is exactly same as pushing your hips forward.
But this time you move your board instead of your hips and upper body.
Try not to move your upper body.
Push your board backward while your upper body is standing straight.
You can start moving your board backward while you are still going across the hill in the beginning of the turn.
This is the easiest way to try out of these three as you don’t need to put much effort.
Try these ways one by one and find the one that works best.
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I’m going to answer some of the question you guys asked on my blog!
This time about trouble with footing before taking off a backside spin!
I’m unstable on the toe edge before taking off a back side 720.
Windup to prepare for the spin is not easy too.
I don’t have same issue with spinning 540.
How can I approach to the lip with stable balance on the toe edge for spinning 720?
Please tell me.
From your observation, as unstable on the toe edge and windup is not easy before takeoff, I can predict that you have very weak base of support while on the toe edge.
In other word, you are standing on the toe edge with unnatural position.
When we are standing natural as a human, our shoulders, hips, knees and toes are all aligned.
All muscles are in a certain position and status to work best with this standing position.
So while you are standing in this position, you are at the most stable balance.
Most snowboarder who is throwing a backside 720, they open their shoulders forward to prepare for the spin.
It is effective to create a spin force with arms and facing forward avoid taking off too early in many cases.
However if you twist your body forward too much and feel unstable before takeoff, this must be corrected.
We use rotational movement all the time to change the direction, to spin your body, and so on.
For example, when you make a toe side turn, you put your front shoulder over your front toe.
But if you rotate your shoulders to opposite direction, this time if your chest is facing forward (toward the nose of your board) while starting a toe side turn, it will be hard to get into the toe side turn.
Because, it’s hard to keep your balance on the toe edge in this circumstance with this posture.
Now let’s think about it with posture before taking off a backside spin.
Windup might need to gain enough spin for spinning 720.
But at same time we want strong base while twisting our body.
So how can we add a windup without losing our base?
Here are some tips to stabilize your base instantly while on the toe edge with windup.
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