Bonking - The snowboarders "High Five"

Written by Jakob Jelling

Bonking is on of those strange little things that people do forrepparttar fun of it or to make a person jump. As far as tricks go there really isn't much point to learning this as there isn't much you can add this to. For this reason Bonking is done purely for fun.

Bonking isrepparttar 142436 art of slapping an object with your snowboard as you pass it in mid air. Depending upon what you are Bonking this will result in a satisfying sound that will make any unsuspecting person jump. As with most other tricks you can Bonk, Tail Bonk or Nose Bonk depending upon which part ofrepparttar 142437 snowboard is used to dorepparttar 142438 Bonking.

To learn to Bonk you must first find a suitable object to practice on. Approachrepparttar 142439 object so that you will pass along side it about 2 feet from it. As you get close to it Ollie intorepparttar 142440 air. While gaining air pull your feet up so that your knees are bend almost 90-degrees and your snowboard is parallel torepparttar 142441 surface that you intend to Bonk. Whenrepparttar 142442 height and moment are correct simply extend your foot slightly to bringrepparttar 142443 appropriate edge in contact withrepparttar 142444 surface briefly.

Optical illusions when snowboarding

Written by Jakob Jelling

While Shifties are a snowboarding trick they are also an optical illusion. When doing a Shifty you are creatingrepparttar illusion of doing a 180-degree turn inrepparttar 142435 air and reversing it before you land. Of course since it is an optical illusion you do not really turn 180-degrees.

Twisting your body in opposite directions once you are inrepparttar 142436 air creates this optical illusion. While this can take a little bit to get used to it isn't as hard as it sounds. As with all aerial tricksrepparttar 142437 key to this is timing.

The first step is to become airborne. This can be done by via an Ollie, a ramp or whatever else you happen across that will get you offrepparttar 142438 ground. Ideally you should launch up in torepparttar 142439 air more than you want to move forward. Going up more than forward will improverepparttar 142440 look of your trick and provide you with more time to set it up and recover from it.

Once you have leftrepparttar 142441 ground you can begin to twistrepparttar 142442 upper and lower portions of your body in opposite directions. The technique for twisting your lower body is muchrepparttar 142443 same as doing a 180. Push your forward foot torepparttar 142444 side that you wish it to spin while keeping your rear foot basically planted so as to act as a virtual pivot point. An important thing to bear in mind is to not twist your hips.

Twisting your upper body may be a little easier. The easiest way to twist is to simply point your headrepparttar 142445 way you want your body to turn andrepparttar 142446 rest of you will naturally follow. Once again be careful not to twist your hips, as they arerepparttar 142447 anchor points for your body. If you do twist your hips you may find that you turn too far and thus have trouble givingrepparttar 142448 impression of having turned 180-degrees or landing your trick smoothly.

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