In this video I've got some tips for doing nose and tail presses on boxes. Pressing on a box is one of the first box tricks you can learn after 5050's. In this video I'll show you how you can learn to press on and off the snow before hitting the box. I'll also break down the each part of the trick and show you how to avoid the most common mistakes.
Pressing is a fun skill you can start practicing the first time you strap up your board. Pressing on the snow is safe way to learn the movements, build strength in your legs and get warmed up. One of the most common mistakes is try to pull your board up with your leg to press. Avoid this by using the full weight of your body to help you get into the press. You can even practice this at home, learning to move your weight back and forth over your boards nose and tail.
Next, you can challenge yourself by doing presses as you ride. Find a mellow slope where you can hold a press in a straight line and pick up a bit of speed. You can even visualize a box in the snow and practice pressing accross it. On the snow work on bending your knees to get deep into the press. You can even bounce between nose and tail presses as your ride. Practice pressing on the snow until you're confident to take it into the park.
For a tail press in the park find an easy ride on box. Approach the box by doing a couple turns to set your speed, then point your board straight and flat. Get onto the box by doing a small nollie, transferring your weight from your nose, to the tail of your board. Land on the box with your weight over your tail and your back leg bent. Reach your back hand towads the box to help hold the press. Keeping tension on your front leg will help to keep the nose of your board up. Hold the press until the end and do a small ollie off the box.
For the nose press, ride in by setting your speed with a few turns then point your board straight and flat. Get onto the box by doing a small ollie, transferring your weight from your tail, to the nose of your board. Land on the box with your front knee bent and weight over the nose of your board. Keep tension on your back leg to help keep your tail up and use your arms to help balance yourself on your nose. Hold the press until the end and do a small nollie off the box.
As you progress with your presses you can add difficulty by doing them on more advanced features and by adding them into other tricks. One last tip is to make sure you're riding a board with a softer flex. You can still press with a stiffer board, but a snowboard with a flex rating of 5 or less will make learning to press easier. If you have any questions about pressing you can leave them down in the comments. Have fun out there guys and I'll see ya in the next video!
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