Saturday, 18 February 2012
A 3 to 1 skills session for Stu, Shay and Andy
Stu, Shay and Andy made their way to me for their long awaited skill session and wanted to gain skills and techniques for their upcoming alpine trip to Chamonix.
The skills check revealed body. foot and looking faults but a few set up changes and a correction exercise began to change everything.
The drops came first and I was even able to show them why their mental and physical skill sets applied to styling it in the air.
Later, we moved on to the skills trail and I worked with them on linking the 14 sections contained in the trail together using the correct braking areas. As they used their new skill sets they really began to flow and their confidence blossomed too. Flat, bermed, switchback and off camber turns were linked to rock gardens, fly out jumps, drops, steps and pump bumps.
I worked on line choice when linking drops into corners too before they began riding the entire trail end to end and the speed and flow was there for all to see.
We moved onto the alpine switchbacks and after a demonstration they one by one began to ride them using their new footwork, looking and body positions. After a short while we moved onto riding steeps and both dropping and rolling into them and although this used to trouble them they now rode them easily and any errors were identified by themselves too.
To round up the session we moved onto the 6ft tabletop and Shay sat it out while Stu and Andy both sailed over it after a bit of speed management correction. the rains came along right at the end as we called an end to a very comprehensive session.
great riding guys!