To ride a kicker you should already have a fairly good grasp of snowboard fundamentals: turning, stopping, coping with speed and possibly riding switch being the level we’re after. Hitting kickers is a fairly dangerous pursuit, and people do get hurt on them. Of course, this adds to the thrill of snowboarding for some; the desire to overcome your fears and succeed when you’ve been scared is a very human thing. But it can be a double-edged sword. Don’t worry about it if you aren’t progressing as fast as you like. Take your time, feel confident and let your brain work out what to do. Trust yourself a little, believe you can do it, and then go and try it. Commitment is a huge factor in mastering snowboard tricks, but that doesn’t mean you have to be gung-ho about it all.
To the riders who want to learn some kicker basics with the straight air, the frontside 180, the cab 180, the frontside 360 and the backside 360, the trick sections are for you to analyse and to try to visualise yourself in the rider’s position.