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Matthew Gibson

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

By November 30, 2012

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My first day of the season at Snowbird was great, but it always takes a little while to get back into the swing of things.

When I tried turning at high speeds I was sliding more than carving. I fell after almost all of  the jumps I took. I even felt off balance when I ollied. But, that's how it is every year, unless you get to train indoors in the summer or travel to the southern hemisphere for the season down there.

It really makes me with I'd trained a bit more in the off-season, but it's too late for that now. 

I'm going to set some goals for myself this season, but I haven't decided what they will be yet. I'd like to learn how to ride switch stance better this year. I'd also really like to improve my spins and make them more smooth. I tried a few 360s on opening day, and flailed like an epileptic wild chicken trying to fly.

By the end of this season, I'd like to:

  1. Be able to do an entire run switch stance smoothly.
  2. Consistently land 360 grabs.
  3. Spin a 540 or two.
  4. Learn to railslide (I've never really tried before).

What would you like to improve this winter?



December 1, 2012 at 7:38 am
(1) Bryan says:

As much as I’d love to do a whole run switch — I’m not sure it’s in the cards for me this year. My switch riding comes in about 100 yard bursts, with very little turning.

I too would like to stomp out a perfect 360 tail grab every time but I usually end up getting a little too squirrely on the landing.

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