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friendofshralpster

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ive been trying to figure out how to get frontside airs, but i have no idea how to approach it properly. any suggestion? like maybe a walkthrough? i know its a lot to ask...
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I'm still trying to regain the skills I had when I was a kid. I think backside airs will come before frontsides, for me. But the one thing that works for me now, that also did when I was a kid -- for any move -- is: start small.

1. Practice grabbing your board and hopping -- as if you were doing FS air -- but in a straight line, on flat ground. once you get comfortable with that....

2. Start doing wide front side turns low on a wall. In the middle of the wide turn, reach down, grab the board and hop it, as above.

3. Work your way up the wall. As you get higher and higher, the degree of your turn will naturally get narrower. Before you know it, you'll be near the top. then will come the magic moment when you start popping out!

Now this is just MY technique for learning. When I was a kid, there were other guys who just always went big, and just kept on trying to land flailing airs -- through many failed attepmts and many hard landings -- until they finally pulled it off. That technique has never worked for me though.

So if you see some old kook woth a beard, trying to bust ridiculous looking fs airs about 1-2 feet up some wall, that will probably be me... learning again.

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Old Kook:

I will apply this technique for backside air attempt. Sounds better than getting my teeth replaced! Parks are all still closed in NYC...DRATZ!

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thanks oldkook, ill give it a shot.
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Not to dis "Kook's" method, but that method will almost guarantee that you learn stinkbug kind of hopping aerials.
Not very pretty in my eyes, but to each his own.
I learned to do them by doing frontside rail grabs until I felt ready to pull it off the wall. Once I was ready it took about 4-5 times before I landed one (on a JA Z-flex,midtracks and Powerflex wheels?) I quickly learned afterwards that charging the coping and allowing it to launch you out and up as you grab produces a nice long ark that almost always looks good even if you don't get out that high.

2 cents

Oh yeah, remember the inovator (Alva) and tuck that rear knee.

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i hear you bear!!
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... that method will almost guarantee that you learn stinkbug kind of hopping aerials.....


True, until you start getting higher up. I'm not sayin to go to Chino or some other popular place on a Saturday to practice. You WILL look goofy using my method until you get higher up the wall. If you can, go to someplace that you can have all to yourself. I got on a local surf shop team (at age 15) after auditioning with 5 foot airs out of the bottom wall on the Grand Canyon at Aloha Skate Town. But I learned to air at deserted bowls in Jungleland.

I think Bear has a good point, as I have recently been trying to pull off tail taps, at the top of the bowl in Camarillo. the other day when I did one, the whole board came off the wall (just for a second) as I pulled back on the nose. That's why I said it looks like I'll be getting to the backsides before the frontside airs!

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The faster you go the easier it is, charge it and don't be afraid to stick it, you'll be stoked.
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hmmmm, this is a lot to ponder. ill give it a try in the bowl this weekend. thanks for the advice.
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