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Trick TipsStraight Air Grabs | Rotations | Rails | Straight Rail | C-Rail | Flat-to-Down Rail
Huckzone trick tips section is made to give the new comer to the park jib scene an idea of how to approach a handful of entry to mid level difficulty airs and jibs. To discuss more tricks or post your own, visit the HZ Forum. Before you try to conquer any of these you should be comfortable doing plain straight airs and be consistent in popping off the lip of the jump and remaining even in the air. If you have one available, a trampoline can help you get the feel for the air and gain better control of your body.
Picking a jump-Pick a jump with an even transition at least the length of a ski. This is so that at take off there is no "pop" to deal with and your weight will be more likely to stay centered. As you progress in skill you may find that a jump with "pop" suits you better for some airs, but for now try and keep the transition even.
-Pick a jump with a good landing. A good landing is NOT flat, it should have a downward slope.
-Before you try any new trick be sure to run into the jump and do a straight air that you are comfortable with a few times to help you get a feel for the in-run and the speed needed to launch.
Straight AirsThe Mute Grab:
This trick quickly became popular after Johnny Mosely used it with a 360 to help win the 98 Olympics in Nagano. The idea is to grab opposite ski with opposite hand at or in front of the toe piece of your binding creating a cross with your skis. You can add a tweak for style.
The Japan Air:
The idea is to kick one leg out to the side while grabbing behind the opposite binding heel piece with the opposite hand. Sound confusing? Its really not that bad.
The Safety Grab:
The idea is to grab same ski with same hand under the boot. This requires you to "tuck up" both legs in the air.
Rotation TricksBasically all grab can be done with spins. It is important to keep in mind the direction of rotation and remember that naturally you should grab or reach in the direction of the spin. Once you become better at this you can try and do these tricks "un-natural" which is grabbing opposite your rotation.
Before you try any spins with grabs you need to be able to spin, so lets talk about the basic 360.
The jump is important, see picking a jump above. Wait for the right jump and right conditions cause getting hurt trying this will only spook you out of trying it again.
Most people reading this probably have twin tip skis. Twin tips are not there so that you can bail out of a 360 half way... This mindset will not help you learn a 3. When you decide to try a 360 you need to focus on a full rotation. Pick a spot in front of the jump and don't stop looking until you are back around to that same point.
The 540 is a 360 with an extra 180 and a switch landing. Obviously it requires a little more air time and a comfort riding switch. Make sure you got the 3's licked before you try a 540.
The only difference between a 540 and a 360 is that once one rotation is completed you just look for that extra 180. Some riders just snap their bodies around for the last 180, this is a little less controlled than a smooth rotation.
Once you are around 540 you will be looking slightly over your lead shoulder. Switch landings are usually weighted slightly forward, this helps you to maintain control as you ride out switch. The landing takes a little adjustment for you to find your own sweet spot when landing switch, just be sure that the landing is packed and relatively smooth or you will need a good chiropractor and a neck brace.
Anything over a 360 is simply more looking, more air time and sometimes a harder set, if you have a good set and keep looking you will keep spinning.
Rotations With Grabs:
When you are trying to do a rotation with a grab obviously make sure you get the rotation and the straight grab down first. Before you run into the jump, have an idea of what you want to do and try to imagine how the trick will feel. Rember a lot of skiing is mental. You may need to set the spin harder if you are going to grab. Think about the way you are rotating and grab so that it is with your rotation, not against. Begin reaching for the grab after you set a nice even spin. Be sure to counter so that you are not thrown off center.
More details coming soon...
Check out these couple of clips to help you get an idea.
360 Indy | 360 Mute
Riding RailsRiding rails with skis is a newer art. As a male skier I can tell you that as you learn to run rails your biggest fear will be draggin the jewels down 15 feet of hard steel while everyone and there sisters are watching. Don't worry everyone else on rails with skis has the same fear except for our fellow female rippers...
The most important thing about riding rails is to remember to stay forward.
Pick a rail that is less than crotch high from the ground for your first one. This is not just because of your jewels, but also its less distance to the ground!
The major difference between the c-rail and the straight rail is that your weight will want to be more "inside" the c-rail rather than centered like the straight rail. It is usually easier for people to learn c-rails with their heels down on the inside of the bend.
Here's a couple picks, one is a c-rail goin good, the other not so good...
The Flat-to-Down rail is alot like the flat rail except for the change in angle half way through the rail. Try to pick a Flat-to-Down that is not too high off the ground for your first one. The approach is the same, but throughout the slide you have to keep in mind that the rail will get steeper and to compensate for it you will have to lean farther forward.
Here are a couple more links to some trick tip sites
Line Skis Trick Tips
*you will need to search the newschoolers forums, there is a lot of good stuff in there.
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