Q. What is the best way to go about learning to ride rails?
I would like to learn some technique tricks or pointers on how to hit any
the grind rails or FunBox. Thanks, John
Always stop before the rail with enough space to be able
to point the board straight at the rail with out making any turns. this is
important so that you don't turn just before the rail and in turning you
don't hit the rail going straight. Second, keep your line of sight on the
end of the rail! where you look is where you go!
Lauren Traub Teton answers:
Be sure to read "Rail Riding 101"
by a guy who competes on rails, John Callahan.
Gavin Ehringer answers:
Start small, then go big. Use small
bumps to launch off. Ideally, they should have a slope to land on, as
landing on flat land is difficult and can hurt. If you have a "blind"
landing, have someone spot for you. As you approach the jump, lower your
body by flexing the knees and look fixedly at the takeoff point. Spring up,
but don't throw your arms up. They will upset your balance and make you look
like a leapin' Bozo. In the air, try and pull the board closer to your body
by bringing the knees to the chest. Spot your landing, remembering to keep
those knees bent to absorb the impact. Hoot and holler if you make it. Walk
up the hill and do it again.
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