Oh how I like to prove myself wrong!! I can still remember myself saying: “That trick, well… I will not be stompin’ that anytime soon! The day I do? Man that would be soooo sick.”
In this case I proved myself wrong about snowboarding a downrail 50-50 by jumping on frontside and the other trick was ollie-ing over a barrel on it’s side after the ramp up to the plateau in Area 51, Eindhoven.
The hardest part for me in having the ‘Gotcha!’ with this one, was visualizing myself jumping from one track onto another just enough to get onto the rail from the side. Most of the times I would jump too far on the ‘other track’ and thus either immediately overshoot and jump off the other side of the rail, or I would overshoot it just a little still enough to have my body momentum force me off the other side. So 2 weeks ago at our training grounds in Westerhoven I finally had the Gotcha and landed onto the rail at the right angle to have my momentum set me upright on the rail and fully ride it down to the end! What a stoked feeling… from this basis I can build the rest of the tricks.
I’ll keep this in mind on my road to stomping more tricks in the future. Thinking I can’t doesn’t bring me any good, so I’ll switch to seeing I already stomp the trick.