Well, I had the pleasure of jumping off some of the bigger jumps and did awfully well due to the fact that I have been snowboarding over 20 years, even some little kids were cheering me on.
Anyways, there’s couple lessons I learned over the years on how to jump (or nollie is it?) on a snowboard:
1. Learn to go very fast, if you can learn to balance your body while going fast, this will help you get a lot of speed into your jump without any problems.
To do this, you will want to practice on black diamond downhills a lot and going through lots of moguls can help too.
While you are going fast downhill, try turning by bunny-hopping (or mini jumps). Because you are going downhill so fast, it will be easier for you to turn by jumping off the ground (or feels almost like flying) slightly right before your turn.
2. Once you master going downhill fast (about 45mph+) and you can control your board, it’s time to head to the snowboard park.
At the snowboard park, you will find a bunch of different jumps varying from small to some huge ones.
Start with the small jumps at first. Once you get the hang of the small jumps, start challenging yourself to larger ones.
Eventually, you will get more and more comfortable.
3. One of the most common mistakes I see among beginners is the fact that people go too slow before the jump. You actually need to go about 25% faster than you think.
The faster you are going before the jump, the higher and longer you will jump, all the while your balance gets easier because you are going faster through the air.
That’s right. Use your balls here and make sure you are going really, really fast.
If you keep falling down on your landing, that means you need to either work on your balance at high speeds or you need to go faster.
If you go too slow, you will lose momentum and it’s harder to balance yourself in the air.
So in all, just go fast enough so you feel “scared”. Once you get through the fear of going fast, that’s when you start landing jumps flawlessly.
Here’s a video of couple jumps I did and landed them perfect, all while holding the digital camera:
(My digital camera frame rate is slow, so the jumps look kinda crap but I did get some good air in real life. You can see someone broke their back at the end of the video right after my jump…)
Well, I did go down the mountain run at Squaw Valley after they closed all the lifts at 9PM, here’s a long video of me going downhill. (again, it looks waaaay slower than it is in real life due to my crappy Canon)
I still suck compared to these guys though.
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