Now it’s time to show your style on jumps!
You need to focus more on balance and timing to do an ollie on natural hits.
Because of approach, jump angle and landing angle, all side hits have different unique shape and condition.
Here is a question for you.
Does the same technique to do an Ollie on the gentle slope really work on the park jump?
All how to snowboard video tutorial actually doesn’t talk about this matter.
Because park jump is made as uphill, Ollie technique that performed on the downhill is hard to perform on the park jump.
If you lean backward to shift your weight onto the tail of your board on uphill, you will make half back flip in the air.
That’s why many snowboarders are still wondering how they can pop by tail on the park jump.
Here, you can learn new technique to do an ollie on natural hits that has a lip as an uphill.
Try to do an Ollie with your back foot instead of with the tail of your board.
It’s more like pop straight up on your back foot.
On the steeper downhill, it’s so easy to do an Ollie because you can put weight on the tail with your body standing straight to the gravity.
It’s just like a standing position while riding in powder.
On the gentle slopes, you should lean your weight over the tail of your board because of the angle of the slopes.
But park jumps and most of natural hits are pointing up so opposite situation with steeper and gentle slopes.
This is the reason why the technique to do an ollie has to be changed between all these situations.
This new idea is easier to time for taking off and it’s also easy to keep balance while taking off.
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After you’ve learned right move to do an Ollie, try it while sliding on the slope.
Choose a gentle slopes so that you can try doing an Ollie just as on the flat ground.
To focus more on the right movement, try to start it small and with a slow speed so you can get used to it gradually while sliding.
Check if all your toe to heel, nose to tail, and rotational balance are in right position.
If your balance is good while doing it small and with slow speed, now try to jump higher by pushing your board further forward.
Key point is keeping your back elbow and shoulder up high and sucking up your back leg after pop.
Don’t worry if you can’t jump such high.
What you should focus for now is keeping good balance while doing an ollie.
When you getting used to it, find a snowball or line on the snow, and try to jump over it.
Jumping over some obstacles is good practice to lift the nose of your board up naturally.
So it sometimes improve your Ollie faster.
While jumping over an obstacles or lines, try to focus on timing to do an Ollie as well.
So you can time it with natural hit which is your next step.
Once you have gotten used to it, you can try some challenges.
While turning, try to add an Ollie to change edges.
So at the end of a turn, you can do an ollie and land on the other side of the edge or on the flat base.
Start turning as soon as possible after landing and do an Ollie again to change edges.
Just repeat it for a while.
Once again, this is just a balance training so you don’t have to worry if you can’t do it properly.
Next time, we will learn to do an Ollie with natural hits.
All natural hits have unique shapes, angle and so on.
So balance, timing while hitting them will be challenging.
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