We moved onto the drops to work on applying both the skill sets and in no time at all Darren was landing perfectly and in control. Whenever he landed in correctly he could feel why and knew how to correct it too.
I worked on his body positioning in corners as he sat down all the time so I ran him through a correction excersise which had immediate effect.
On the skills trail we broke the trail down and worked on it in bite sized chunks. I covered different pump and absorbing techniques and showed why they were so effective in a race scenario as airtime is not always the best way. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to upslopes, rock gardens, drops, steps and pump mounds. I worked very hard on the last segments on the trail.
I could see he was tiring mentally but I wanted to teach him to bunny hop as he'd asked me specifically earlier so using a tree stump I demonstrated both pushes required and he followed suit. Easy!
Great riding Darren and let me know how you get on.