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Old    Andrew (drewsmug)      Join Date: Jul 2003       01-12-2004, 9:31 PM Reply   
I can do hs backrolls and tantrums. my problem though is I do them with my eyes close and can't really seam to force myself to look for my landing. I think if i could learn to spot my landings I would progress alot faster on other flips. any suggestions on how to do that.
Old    Christopher Stack (deepstructure)      Join Date: Jun 2002       01-13-2004, 12:02 AM Reply   
this is an excellent question. i too have this problem. i was able to start seeing my landings on the backroll after really concentrating on looking for it.

the only thing that helped me was doing mental imagery for it. lying in bed and going thru the trick in my head and trying to see what it looked like - literally play it back so i could see every angle of the rotation and know what i would be seeing, the sky, the water, the boat. then when i got out there i tried to look for those things as i did the trick.

the biggest thing i've noticed about this is that if you don't naturally look to spot a landing, it doesn't happen. meaning half the time i would think about spotting the landing AFTER i'd done the trick and not spotted it. i'd land and go "oh yeah, i MEANT to look for the landing." you start riding and instinct/routine takes over and you forget to practice.

sorry i couldn't be more helpful. im still working on ideas for this myself. but i think the biggest thing is keeping focused on trying it. make a resolution to go out one time and simply work on that one thing. keep it foremost in your mind when you're actually out there riding. after you warm up, do nothing but backrolls and each time try to keep your eyes open and look for the water. ride along and imagine it the trick in your head. then try it. keep doing that.

i don't know about you, but i rarely go out with such focus in mind -but the times i have i've done much better. i think we tend to get out there and just get caught up in the fun of riding. a little extra concentration and thought about it might make the difference.
Old                02-02-2004, 9:00 PM Reply   
OPEN YOURS EYES!
Old    Blabelmooch (blabel)      Join Date: Jul 2001       02-02-2004, 9:11 PM Reply   
A trampoline will help give you air sense. Although extremely dangerous especially to those that don't know how to fall safely, it can be very helpful.
Old    andrew (tantrum999)      Join Date: Jun 2003       02-03-2004, 3:52 AM Reply   
Dead right Blabelmooch (blabel). trampolines are exellent but the dangers are really under estimated by most. i have a friend who broke her neck. they can kick like a mule!
Old                02-04-2004, 2:49 PM Reply   
yep they help lots of a lot

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