It can be difficult to learn how to descend on a ramp.
The key to this is to work up to it by climbing up and down the ramp, turning and getting higher and higher, until you feel so comfortable that you can do the same movement as when you first dropped in.
You will soon feel more at ease when you use your balance and muscles to adapt to the various movements that the ramp allows (or doesn’t allow).
Standing at the top can be a scary experience. This is why it is important to get used to the ramp. It’s not difficult to drop in once you get the hang of the ramp. You just need to go over the edge and let the ramp guide you down. Once you are familiar with the ramp, you will be amazed at how simple it is to use.
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It took me a while to learn how to drop in, and I don’t think you should either. Once you have done it, dropping in is simple. You are simply going over a steep drop and letting gravity and balance and your familiarity with the curve guide you down. To get to a level where you are comfortable enough to drop in, you will need to have a place you can return to regularly. This will allow you to actually implement your drop-in plan. Your progress on the ramp will be faster if you are able to go in multiple trips without much rest between. You’ll make things more difficult if you miss a few sessions. It’s almost like you have to start over.
This applies to any trick. To master a trick, you must keep at it. You also need to ensure that you are making progress and not getting frustrated.
You will feel comfortable going up, down and turning on the ramp.
You should start at the bottom and work your ways up. You want to climb up the ramp so that the entire ramp is under your feet. You must first learn how to turn the ramp to do this correctly. At first, you will be very small and slow. Then you will become more confident and learn to turn the ramp. You will become more confident and be able to skate the entire length of the ramp, from the bottom to top and back again. At this point, you should be able to skate above the railing at top. It is possible to reach the point in your jump when you are taking off from the ramp.
Notice how the ramp feels under your feet as you go up. It’s important to get used to the height and feel of the ramp before you climb it.
Do not just jump up and charge into the larger ramps. You will likely get stuck at the top if you try to do this without learning how to ride the entire ramp. You’ll end up at the top and start to fear dropping in.
You can get comfortable going up the ramp, and then jumping around. However, once you get high, you have already fallen in. You’re climbing as high as you can, up to the coping and then turning around to go down.
You should be able, by this time, to climb up the ramp without actually jumping and pulling yourself up. It is possible to get to a point where your skating speed allows you to glide up the ramp so fast that you can barely cross the railing and land on your skates at top.
Take a Sit-Drop First
With your legs extended over the sides of the ramp, place your hands on the railing. Your knees should be bent towards the ramp. Next, push your body forwards on the ramp. Keep your balance by leaning forwards and forwards while your skates propel you down the ramp. This was the way that almost everyone learned when they were young. This was a method that everyone I knew found easier and less intimidating. It’s a wonderful way to learn.
This being said, you don’t have to learn it this way. I didn’t. It was scarier to do a sit-drop. It was probably because I couldn’t imagine what would happen to me and how it would get in front of my skates quickly enough. I was an exception.
You can start with a smaller ramp first a few times
Although this should be obvious, it could be if there is a large ramp nearby and you don’t think about it much.
A smaller ramp is a great place to start. A skatepark should have skateboard quarter pipe of different heights. A full-height one is best, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be vertical. You should know where to go from here…
It is a smart idea to start small. The first step isn’t too scary, and each step is just a small adjustment from the previous.
You will eventually get comfortable with each one. You will get a feeling for “going over to the edge” by dropping in from the medium and small ramps repeatedly. If you’ve mastered the larger ramps, don’t jump straight from one to another. You can go ahead and skate the ramps if you feel confident. Once you are familiar with the speed and angle of the ramps, it’s simple.
It is also easier to drop in on quarter pipes (of different heights) than on half pipes. This is because you only need to learn how to go down, and not worry about the opposite side.
Make sure you have the right type of skates
You should pay attention if you have never skated before or just purchased a pair of exercise skates (the ones with brakes and no grind gap), then you have probably come to this page.
You need “aggressive” skates. This is a common feature and you should know it. The gap between aggressive skates’ front and back wheels is for grinding. These skates can be used on ramps. This gap is located on the coping and allows you to easily rest it there when you enter the ramp.
They are slightly smaller than speed and fitness skates (50-65mm).
If you know this already, the next thing is to mention that even the most aggressive skates are strong enough to be able to go on ramps. As with all things, it’s going to make your skating experience a lot easier if you have a great pair. However, you want to find a pair that fits your foot shape and skate style. You’ll likely be learning how to drop in, so a pair that’s comfortable and suits your style will be a good choice. You can read my review here.
Other skaters are also welcome to drop by. Of course you can. People do it everyday. You can also drop by on roller skates. But if this is your first time, it’s a good idea to use the specially designed skates to make it easier.
Step Up the Ramp Forwards and Then Go Backwards
This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the ramp. Then you will go up the ramp slowly, and then back down. You then do it again but this time a little higher. You then do it again but this time a bit higher. Et cetera. Continue doing this until you reach the top. You don’t have to rush, but take your time and feel at ease with the curve.
If you are learning how to drop in on a halfpipe, being able to descend the ramp backwards can be very useful. If you’re learning this skill on your half-pipe, be sure to also learn how to climb the ramp backwards. Many people have trouble with this because they tend to lean forwards. You can even go too far back. It can be difficult to balance if you don’t know where you are going. Going backward up a ramp, you can look behind you a little to see what’s ahead.
Place one foot on the rail, lean in and step down with your favorite foot in front
You’ve skated up and down the ramp approximately 100 times. You are now very familiar with the ramp. This will make the next step very easy. You should also have a natural feeling for how you want to drop it in. Here are my methods and what other people recommend:
Straighten your neck straight up at the top of this ramp, and not at an angle or sideways. Instead, face the direction of the ramp.
One foot should be on the coping. You can’t have two feet. Place one foot on the coping and then move to the other by leaning forward and stepping onto the ramp. You should now know which foot feels most natural. You can hold on to the bar at the side to stabilize yourself for the first few times.
Don’t hang about. Don’t wait around to avoid getting stuck in fearful and frozen states. This doesn’t mean you have to rush, but you need to feel comfortable with the ramp by the time you reach the top. Then, you can say, “OK, let’s drop back down, just like I’ve been doing down anyway” and then you can just go about your business after you’ve gotten yourself into position.
You should lean forwards when you are doing the stepping motion. As your leading foot meets the ramp, this should be apparent. This is the angle you want to reach, just like when you skate on the flat.
Your leading foot will take you over the edge. The other on the coping will then follow you down.
It’s important not to overthink it. These words can do more harm than good, so don’t focus on them. This technique is a result of your practice on the ramp going up and down and becoming familiar with how your body moves.
You can be sure of:
- Balance with your hands open
- You can learn all the way to it by keeping your leading leg in front.
- Do not be afraid of the ramp. It will be right under your feet.
- Your legs should be at the same distance apart
- Feel amazing.
Avoid Getting Into A Freeze State
Skating is fun. This allows us to experience a natural movement that our ancestors could not. It’s a thrilling experience to skate onto a ramp.
These tips are there to help you get to grips with the steps. Once you feel comfortable going up and down the ramp, it should feel natural. This will make it easier.
You will feel more scared the longer you stay at the top of this ramp. I know from personal experience.
If you feel like you are freexzing, get up the courage and don’t be afraid. Think about how amazing it will be once you do it, how confident and easy it is.
You can also continue skating up and down the ramp until you feel more comfortable.
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