How to Hit Kink Rails on a Snowboard
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What up shredder?
It’s (Christian) from Shred School.
Who would want to wreck like this? Not me…
So WHY on earth would we hit kink rails?
Maybe it’s the sense of accomplishment? The feeling you get when riding away from a kink rail?
Probably the same reason humans do stupid things like ride bulls, or parkour.
Because it’s cool.
And today, you’re going to learn how to ride kink rails on your snowboard without breaking your face.
So you can ride away, knowing you have control over your life.
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A kink rail is any rail that changes pitch abruptly.
We use words like “down flat down” or “up flat down” to describe kink rails based on their pitch.
The kink rail is based on handrails that change pitch when there is a landing in a stair set.
But on the mountain, we usually don’t have to worry about stairs, just the kinks.
Now, before you step to the kink rail, it’s best if you’re very comfortable on flat AND down rails, as this is a combination of the two.
I'd suggest a pair of shin guards too, saved me twice after busting my shin open on a simple flat down box.
The goal with kink rails is always to lean in to the pitch of the rail… without catching an edge. Unlike a normal rail, we have to change pitch one or two times with a kink rail.
And it’s not so much staying at the angle of the rail that’s the problem, it’s making the jump from one pitch to the next.
Shifting your weight to adapt.
By now, you’ve already dealt with all kinds of varying pitches when riding your snowboard, so this isn’t going to be completely new to you.
For that reason, we’re going to start with the 50-50.
How to do a 50-50 on a Kink Rail with a Snowboard
I recommend you start, whichever is most comfortable for you, frontside or backside. I used to like frontside a lot more, but these days I tend to hit a rail backside first try instead.
Ride up to the rail, go a little slow the first time so you can learn to handle the kink at slower speeds.
And Lock in to your 50-50. You’re going to Stare at the end of the first kink here, instead of the end of the rail like we normally do.
Maybe try this on a flat down kink, as this is super easy with no “inside” kinks, where you switch from down to flat. It’s much easier to catch an edge on an inside kink than a flat to down kink.
When the kink comes, loosen your legs, it almost feels like a little hop, or a push through the knick. You might feel like you’re lifting up, or “pumping” the kink.
What you’re doing is absorbing it with your knees, you are taking your full weight off to allow your board to make the transition without catching.
Most kinks in parks you can kinda just relax your legs then you will naturally absorb the kink.
Make sure to stay locked in straight, because if you’re not, you can catch an edge on the kink.
Change pitch until you get to the end of the rail, and ride away.
You just stomped your first kink rail or box.
How to do a FS Boardslide or BS Boardslide on a Kink Rail
Once you have the 50-50 down, it’s time to step up your game to the frontside and backside boardslide.
Unlike the 50-50, the boardslide is going to give our edge direct contact with the kink.
That means, a greater chance of eating shit, and a greater challenge staying level with the slope of the rail.
The key here is staying perpendicular with the rail at all times, with a 90 degree angle, and our board at the same pitch as the rail.
If you do a sub par boardslide at a 45 degree angle, it’s much easier to catch your edge in the kink.
Do a proper 90 degree boardslide here.
Pump your legs when you hit the kink, lean down the rail, and stay loose. You got this.
Kink rails are great for switch ups, where you do more than one grind on the same rail. The change in pitch gives you a natural spot to change your trick.
Can board to frontside boardslide, or a 50-50 to frontside boardslide. Whatever you’re feeling. Switch it up on every pitch change if you want to.
astering the Kink Rail on a Snowboard
That’s the kink rail on a snowboard. Start simple with a flat down, and progress to a down flat down. Pump your legs through the kink, bend your knees, stay at the angle of the rail and start small and work your way up and you’ll be slaying kink rails in no time.
Once you’ve mastered it in the park, it’s time to take it to the streets.
That’s all for today…
Peace out shredder
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