Got a simple tip for you today: When you’re learning to hit your first boxes/rails GO FASTER. This is by far the most common mistake when people try to hit their first box in the terrain park.
Here’s the scenario that usually happens:
- You’re a little worried and hesitant about hitting that ride-on box
- You inch your way up to it
- At the last minute you get set and ride across it
This is what pretty much everyone does the first time they hit a box. When you’re not confident with something, you tend to ride a little scared in your approach.
Here’s what your approach should be instead:
- Set a drop in point above the box
- Ride straight towards the box from the drop-in
That’s it. No making tons of speedchecks, no inching your way towards to box, just setting your drop-in spot and going straight for it.
Speed is your friend
Most people go waay too slow when they hit their first ride-on box, so they end up crawling across the box at a snails pace. The trick here is speed is your friend.
When you go faster, it actually makes it easier to stay balanced and ride across the rail because you have more forward momentum and it means your snowboard won’t feel like it’s sticking to the box as you ride across.
It’s weird, but by being too careful and going slower, most beginners are actually making it harder on themselves.
Now keep in mind not saying to go at mach 5 and fly straight at the box at light speed. That would be stupid and you don’t want to gap the entire box, but make sure you’re not crawling towards that box.
Don’t be afraid to take a little bit of speed into ride-on boxes/rails, it’ll help you avoid sticking and it’ll make it easier to ride across the whole box.