The chances of hitting an Air Bag are very slim if you are not sponsored by Red Bull. By following this tutorial, you will be able to take advantage of the opportunity, if you do get it, and do the best you can!
What Is An Air Bag?
Snowboarding uses stunt Air Bags, which are like large inflatable pillows that are used as landing pads after jumps. The park jump is a safe and secure environment where you can try something you’ve always wanted to do, but are too timid to do on a park jump.
Assessing the jump is the first step. The shape, the distance, the in-run and the transition should all be apparent before you start.
You probably feel super hyped after checking out the jump and want to attempt a triple. Nope. When you do your first jump, just do a straight air so that you can get comfortable with the jump. When throwing your first straight air, remember these things:
- Make sure your lip pops firmly
- Ensure that you maintain a consistent speed by minimizing speed checks before you jump
Dialling It In
The next thing I want you to do is something very comfortable for you. By picking a trick that you’ve already mastered, you can gain confidence in this feature.
Spins & Flips
We’ve heard you practiced those spins and flips so now it’s time to step it up. Taking a spin on a mountain is similar to entering a park jump. The set up carve transitions into the heel edge take off for frontside spins. In backside spins, the heel edge is set up with carves, while the toe edge is taken off.
Taking the plunge means trying something new. Use a good entry path, keep a good pace, and wear a helmet!