Monday, 22 December 2014

Three go mad from Eastbourne

 Mike and Steve had been coached by myself and Nathan over a year ago and felt some errors were creeping into their riding and David joined them on a session to have everything stripped back and rebuilt. The skills check revealed why Steve and Mike felt something was wrong in their jumping and Mike had body position and footwork skills needing work.
 We began with the drop technique to work on applying their skills to the technique I teach and I was able to work on their mental skills too. From there we moved to the 6ft tabletop and I was even able to work on style in the air too as they applied their mental skills. They were soon riding the six foot gap jump too.
 We moved to working on their cornering and berm riding and they were riding three linked berms and riding a steep faced kicker and even styling that too!
A stand alone dirt jump was next and once again they used their skills to ride it with ease which stunned them as they floated in total control over the jump. We then linked two berms and a ladder gap jump and they were seriously buzzing now as a 9ft gap jump was next on the cards which they all sailed over and linked the whole line into as well. I covered effort and distance when riding large tabletops and we ended our session with them pumping down the trail and choosing what option to take and I even joined in with them. What a great end to an absolutely fantastic year of coaching.
happy xmas and high5!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Aaron and Darren's skills session

 Well, what a session that turned out to be. Aaron and Darren turned up as arranged and I ran them through my skills check and found the missing physical skills and I corrected them before moving to different section at the skills area to work on applying the mental skills I teach also. We began with drops and quickly moved on to jumping. Now Aaron had jumped tabletops before but a big crash a year ago had an effect on his mental skills but Darren had never got into the air let alone cleared a tabletop but within an hour of meeting myself, they were both sailing over a 6ft tabletop withease and soon after they were clearing a 6ft gap jump too.
 I worked on their berm riding and soon they were linking three berms together and riding the fade away jump that followed too. We took a coffee and mince pie break and resumed with linking drops into corners which really hit home with them and they were both landing the 4ft drop and easily riding the corner that followed. We worked on riding steep terrain too and the required body positioning before moving on again to the pump and jump trail. Before the end of our session they were both pumping and jumping sections of the trail, linking two berms and riding 7ft and 9ft gap jumps all in the line. What a difference in 5 hours boys!
I cannot wait to hear of their future riding exploits.