Today’s reader question:
With popping off a jump, I thought we were going to stay with our knees bent until we reach the lip and then pop. You said to start popping as you ride up the transition, then when do I pop? At the transition or the lip?
Firstly, for those who have no idea about popping or what this reader is talking about, he’s referring to this post here where I explain basic popping technique for jumps: How To Pop Correctly Off A Jump
The key here is simple. You start your popping motion as you ride up the transition, but don’t finish the motion until you leave the lip of the jump. Just because you don’t finish the motion, doesn’t mean you can’t start it earlier.
For example, let’s say I ask you to jump off both feet. Do you instantly jump? No, you get ready to jump, then start to release the jump, then leave the ground once you finish extending your legs and push off the ground.
So when I say don’t leave the ground until you pass the lip of the jump, I mean you should be timing your pop to finish as you cross the lip, but you’ll still need to start extending your legs before that happens.
But Jed, then when exactly do I start releasing my pop?
Well, I always give a rough guide of somewhere around the start of the take-off as the jump starts to slope upward (the start of the transition), but honestly this is a little tricky because it can depend on how fast you’re riding, the size of the launch ramp, etc etc.
The key to remember is it all comes down to your jump timing. How long does it take you to go from a crouched position to a jumping position? That’s how you’ll know exactly when you need to start your pop.
You want to have enough time to smoothly go from knees bent and reach fully extended just as you cross the lip of the jump. Timing is key and it’s something you may have to practice to get down perfectly.
Alright, so hopefully that clears up some confusion.
ps – This is actually a topic I go a lot more in-depth with in our Snowboard Trick Secrets training, so go sign up for the free lessons and your chance to join the full training here.