Friday, 26 April 2013

What a group, what a session

 Nick, Martin and Justin had been on a session with me before and this time they brought Pete, Paul, Jon, Phil and Jez to join in with them. Both myself and Nathan ran them through the skills check and we found looking, body positioning and footwork needed work collectively.
 We began with the drop technique to work on both the physical skills set and the mental skills set too and soon they were all riding the largest drop and landing perfectly.
 Onto the skills trail and we began working on isolated segments before linking the whole trail together via control areas and line choice. Pumping, rock gardens, steps, jumps and drops were all linked to bermed, off camber  switchback and flat turns. Soon, everyone of them was self diagnosing any errors and they got smoother and faster as they applied their new skills sets.

  We moved onto riding steeper terrain and their new body positioning enhanced their control and their mental skills grew as a result of this. We demonstrated 3 different ways of tackling a near vertical drop off and the lads all followed suit.

 Next, we moved to a 6ft tabletop and in a few moves they all sailed over what was for some their 1st ever jump and some even rode the 6ft gap jump side too as they were able to answer their mental skills questions positively.
Finally, we moved to another trail to link the steep drop off from earlier to the sections that came before it and we linked drop offs, corners, jumps, pumping and other sections together way easier than ever before. Mentally the group were tiring as errors started to creep in and the heat of the day didn't help so ^hrs after we began the session came to a close and we celebrated the session in the beer garden of the local pub.
Amazing improvements guys.

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