Once you’re comfortable coasting off
jumps, you want to start getting a little more air so you can start doing tricks.
There’s no point in learning tricks if you’re only a few inches off the ground,
you just don’t have enough air time. That’s where popping comes in. Approach
the jump with both legs bent, lower than you would be when coasting off but
still in a straight line with a flat base. Extend both legs evenly as you ride
up the ramp to give yourself a little upward momentum, aiming to have your legs fully extended as you leave the lip. Once you’re in the air, suck your legs up to
make it easier to get grabs and help pinpoint your landing. If you’re going
too big, you can then extend your legs early to try and catch some tranny and
if you’re going too small you can keep your legs sucked up and hopefully sneak
past the knuckle. When you add pop to your jump, you change your trajectory in
the air. Instead of going long and low like a coast, you’ll have a higher arc
giving you that hang time you need to do a grab, spin or just look super cool. You
want to pop using big, smooth movements to have the most control.
Instead of jumping off the top of the ramp which is a common mistake, think of it like you’re pressing against the ramp to the whole way up. As you ride up the
ramp you should feel some pressure against
your feet. You want to push back against that pressure like a reverse Tug O’War. If you are already clearing the jump while
coasting, you’ll want to go a little slower when you pop. That extra height you get
from the pop will also translate into more distance. Adding a little pop into
your jump will get you that floating feeling we all know and love and your
jumps won’t feel as rushed. This tutorial was filmed at Whistler Blackcomb. You’re watching Duncan Mainland and Nev Lapwood from Snowboard Addiction, our
goal is to improve your riding!