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.
Let’s go back to flat ground just for now to practice an ollie with back leg.
Stand with both feet attached and stand your upper body straight over the back leg.
From this position just pop straight up with your back leg few times to check your balance.
It’s totally different looking with actual Ollie, but don’t worry and let’s go back to gentle slope.
Once again, you can review what you learned before you move onto the slopes.
Stand straight over the back leg and pop straight up on the back leg.
You won’t jump high here but please don’t worry since this technique is for natural hits and park jumps.
Just try to focus on standing your upper body straight over your back leg while working on it.
Once you have gotten used to it, find a line to jump over.
Try to imagine that the line is the lip to take off.
So when your back foot comes to the lip, pop back leg while your body standing straight over back leg.
Because learning this timing will help you for better performance with natural hit, park jump and even with rail items, practice it every time before you hit natural hit and park items.
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