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Category: Main -> How to Tricks -> Cliff drops
5 Steps on "How to Drop Cliffs"
This is quite literally as easy as falling off a log. We’re not going to beat around the bush, the cliff drop is the classic measure of everyone’s balls. Look at it and decide you can do it, or shit yourself and stroke your chin for a while before making excuses about the state of your ___________ (insert name of dicky body part here). Balls are what is going to make you want to attempt the cliff in the first place, however it will be your experience and mental judgement that will stop you clattering over the rocks or putting your knee through your lower jaw.
First find your cliff, you are looking for something with a flat take-off, down hill is hard to control and uphill will send you into orbit. The rocks should be fairly sheer so that you don’t have to clear too much and the landing should be as long and as steep as possible. Sizing cliffs is very difficult, but working in metres I personally wouldn’t recommend anything over eight for your first go and five should do the job. Under no circumstances should your drop be attempted when there is anything less than a foot of powder unless you are looking at something around the three metre mark which is more commonly known as a rock drop, but wait, we digress into the realm of the trick name nazis.
Don’t be afraid to have a wander round the edge of the cliff, it will help give you an idea of how much speed you will need to clear the rocks and it should get you used to being on top of the cliff. You can pat the snow on the edge down to clear excess powder as this always has the added ability to catch you on take off and throw you over the handle bars for your journey into the floor.
Once you are riding up to the cliff you must be confident have your grab in mind, grabbing your board will stabilise you in the air and help keep your balance. You should already be very comfortable with the grab you are going to do so that it is second nature and will allow you to concentrate on the drop.
You’re along for the ride now and all you can do is grab your board and make it feel and look as good as possible with a nice long grab. The key at this point is to keep your calm and gauge the distance to landing. Try not to sit down and bail, concentrate on extending your legs and keeping your weight centred over your board.
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