How to Jump on a Snowboard – Tutorial Video
Learn how to jump on your snowboard. Learning how to jump will get you riding in the terrain park, and is the first step to learning tricks. I break jumping down into 4 parts, the approach, takeoff, in the air, and landing.
Your approach up to the jump sets your speed and lines you up for the takeoff. Do a few turns on your way to jump to set your speed. Then point your board straight and flat towards the lip. If you’re unsure of how much speed you need for a jump, watch other people hit it and see how many turns they take before pointing their boards straight.
A good take off from the lip will set you up balanced in air. Take off from the lip with your snowboard straight and flat, legs bent, back straight and hands over your nose and tail. You want to actually pop your board off the lip; this will get your snowboard into the air with some height. Popping evenly off both feet will keep your snowboard level in the air.
In the air you want keep yourself compact and balanced. Bend your knees to keep your snowboard level. Make sure that your hands are over your nose and tail with your head looking straight over your front shoulder; this will keep your snowboard pointed straight.
In the air you can start spotting your landing. Get ready for landing by extending your legs slightly then absorb the landing by bending your knees. Ride out straight followed by a turn onto your heel edge. Turning onto your heels will control your speed and let you see any obstacles that may be in the landing.
Prepare for hitting a jump in the park by first practicing jumping off the flat ground, and off lips outside the park. Practicing outside the park means there will be less risk of getting hurt, and will build your confidence. Once you have jumping mastered outside the park, then you’ll be ready for a small park jump.
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