10/01/2014 | by duthie
OK, so this isn’t exactly a pipe trick but we’ve got to get you started somewhere. Dropping in is the first thing you needs to master in the pipe (obviously). A good, confident drop in will give you enough to hit the lip and throw your trick!
1) Before you drop in, you want to run your board parallel to the coping (lip) of the pipe. You shouldn’t drop straight in at 90-degree angle to the piste. You want to zig-zag down, so make sure you head down the wall at a 45 degree angle.
2) When you’re ready, drop in by popping off your tail. Suck your legs in and adjust your shoulders to meet the angle of the drop in as you ride down the wall.
3) As you ride through the transition, flex your knees to pump yourself up the vert. Keep your knees bent and shoulders parallel to your stance, kinda like riding a skateboard up a skate ramp. Otherwise you risk collapsing over your front leg as you rise up the vert.
4) Once you hit the top, twist your head and shoulders to face back down the vert. You can give it a little pop to help the board round. Ride down the other side and head for the next wall.
Remember, it’s a ‘less is more’ approach. You’ll look way more stylish if you nail six to eight hits down a pipe, rather than trying for 20!
Make sure you practice both heelside and toeside. It’s likely you’ll prefer one over the other, but if you want to progress properly, you’ll have to master both.