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6. No complaining!

TIPS ON HOW TO PROGRESS, IMPRESS AND MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FREESTYLE TIME

11:05 12th December 2013 by Sam McMahon
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Groomers doing their thang. Photo: Damian McArthur

Your local park isn’t likely to get this kind of attention three times a day. Photo: Damian McArthur

Unless you’re lucky enough to frequent Keystone with its three or four ‘rake breaks’ every day, chances are most parks you encounter will suffer from a little wear and tear, especially French parks.

Rutted lines into jumps, non-existent lips onto rails and huge divots in every landing are all parts of the game, even more so during springtime park laps. For most, this induces blinding rage directed towards the oblivious park crew, who sit in a cloud of smoke before copping off early and heading towards the nearest bar.

But I have another way – embrace it! Reshape your own lips or get creative and put them in a different place. Use bomb holes as a continuation of a feature rather than just an annoyance at the end. Find new lines off jumps to the sides or learn some hand drags and frontflips off the knuckles. Where there’s snow and a board, there will be fun and creativity.

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