Having the confidence to hit bigger jumps isn't always easy. In our latest Tutorial, 9 year old team rider Gabe Sequeira is going to run us through his process for safely and confidently progressing to bigger jumps.
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Before you start into Gabe's process, ask yourself 'Do I have the jump one size down dialled?' and 'am I excited to hit this new jump?' If you answered yes to both, it's time to take on some bigger terrain.
Gabe's Process to Hitting Bigger Jumps:
Watch riders; who are confident with the jump, hitting the feature. Observe how their board reacts to the lip, the speed of their run in, and how much air they're getting.
Gabe scoping out his Black Park XL line
2: Hit The Knuckle
Get a feel for the take off by dropping into the feature with the same speed you would use to hit the jump. Instead of hitting the jump, duck around it and ollie off the knuckle, focussing on landing in the 'sweet spot' of the jump. This will help you have a feel for the landing before you even hit the jump.
Gabe with a rad knuckle huck
3: Visualizing The Jump
You've watched other riders hitting the jump, dropped into the jump take off, and tested out the landing. All that's missing now is the jump.
Gabe Visualizing the jump
Try and visualize the jump, so you're ready for it when you go in to hit it. Check out our tips for visualizing tricks here.
REPEAT. REPEAT. REPEAT.
Now you're ready for the jump. Follow someone in who's comfortable with the jump and adjust your run in speed based on your weight.
Gabe following in SA head coach Nev Lapwood
You've put together all the steps to your progression, now it's time to hit the jump solo. The last piece of advice is to commit to the jump, you've got this!
Gabe committing to full send
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